New 2020 Rolls Royce Ghost spied testing in long-wheelbase guise

Extended version of the new V12 powered Rolls-Royce Ghost will offer rear seat occupants even greater luxury

The next Rolls-Royce Ghost has been spied testing again - but this time in its most opulent long-wheelbase guise. The new model will take on the latest Bentley Flying Spur, and will use a brand new platform too. 

The spy shots, taken while the second generation luxury saloon undergoes cold-weather testing in the arctic circle come over a year after we spotted the standard-wheelbase model. The extra space between the axles is included purely to make the experience for rear seat occupants even more special, but is unlikely to drastically alter the experience from the driver’s point of view.

Like its bigger brother, the latest Phantom, released last year, the new Ghost will be based on the company’s all-new “Architecture of Luxury” platform. The fully-scalable, all-aluminium space-frame chassis will be used to underpin all next-generation Rolls-Royces, taking the place of the previous Ghost’s BMW 7 Series-based underpinnings.

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With the mule still heavily disguised, it’s difficult to make out any significant detail changes. But if it was to follow the design changes of the latest Phantom, it’s likely that the alterations will be understated - expect reshaped headlights with LED tech, and a reprofiled bumper at the front. What is clear from the mule is that the Ghost’s traditional three-box profile remains, as do the “coach doors” - the back doors are rear-hinged to allow more graceful entry to the rear of the cabin.

Inside, we expect the Ghost will adopt Rolls-Royce’s latest infotainment system and digital dash, as seen in the new Phantom and Cullinan. This means a 12.3-inch TFT screen in place of the old model’s conventional gauges and a concealable central screen, which disappears into the dash at the touch of a button. The whole interior design will be overhauled too.

Under the bonnet, we expect the new Ghost to be fitted with the latest iteration of Rolls’ 6.6-litre V12. The engine will likely be mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and offer power figures in excess of 560bhp. The reveal for both standard and long-wheelbase versions is due to take place in 2020.

Now read our review of the previous-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…



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