Rolls-Royce Ghost: Excess in motion

In a bid to build excitement for the 2009 Frankfurt auto show, Rolls-Royce has released photos and details of the upcoming Ghost.

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New engine

The Ghost is powered by an all-new 6.6-liter, direct-injected and twin-turbocharged V12 engine. Power is rated at 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque.

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Just don't call them "suicide doors"

The Ghost sedan features Rolls-Royce's signature Coach Doors.

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Spirit of Ecstacy

Leading the Ghost is the motorized Spirit of Ecstasy, which retracts into the grill when the car is parked.

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Contrast silver hood

Like the Phantom Coupe models, the Ghost features a contrasting silver hood. Unlike the Phantom Coupe, the Ghost's hood isn't brushed metal. It is actually painted silver with a matte lacquer finish.

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Steering wheel

It's difficult to tell from photos, but it appears that the Ghost's steering wheel is thicker than those of the Phantom models. Hub-mounted controls also appear to have improved.

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Cabin

If nothing else, the Ghost's cabin is opulent. Wood veneer and leather cover almost every surface; no cheap plastics here.

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Control center

The control center, which is usually hidden behind a wood panel, appears to be based on BMW's iDrive.

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Rotary controller

The rotary controller with dedicated function buttons seems to back up the assumption that the Ghost's infotainment system is based on iDrive.

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Hard-drive-based navigation

The Ghost's hard-drive-based navigation system features 12.5GB of space for storing ripped audio from both USB and CD sources.

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Instrument cluster

The Ghost's instrument cluster features the oddball Power Reserve gauge that shows what percentage of the engine's immense torque is being used at the moment.

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Panoramic sunroof

An optional Panoramic sunroof is available on Ghost.

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Backseat driver

When you're talking about a Rolls, sometimes the best seat is the backseat.

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Theatre mode

Dual rear 9.5-inch LCD screens can be configured in a Theatre Mode, which gives rear passengers control over all functions that do not affect the driving of the vehicle.

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Umbrellas

Like its larger Phantom siblings, the Ghost can be equipped with umbrellas hidden in the doorjambs.

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Self-righting wheel caps

The wheel caps are mounted on bearings. So when the Ghost is stopped, the "RR" logo is always upright.

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Frankfurt-bound

Follow our continuing coverage of the 2009 Frankfurt auto show for more details surrounding the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

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