What’s New For 2018?
The 2018 Rolls-Royce Ghost carries over largely unchanged.
What We Like
Beautiful interior; beautiful exterior; strong performance; Rolls-Royce brand cachet
What We Don’t
High price compared to rivals; many familiar BMW parts
The 2018 Rolls-Royce Ghost — or, more appropriately, the Ghost II, to reflect the sedan’s recent updates — is the famous luxury brand’s entry-level model. It slots below the luxurious Phantom in Rolls-Royce’s growing lineup. A sporty coupe version, dubbed the Wraith, is also available, as is a new 2-door convertible model called the Dawn.
Under the hood of the Ghost is a 563-horsepower 6.6-liter V12, which is based on the 6.0-liter V12 inside the BMW 750Li. An 8-speed automatic is standard, and rear-wheel drive is the only drivetrain. Performance is surprisingly sporty, with Rolls-Royce noting 0-to-60 times in a spry 4.7 seconds.
As for standard features, the Ghost — in true Rolls-Royce style — hardly fails to disappoint. The sedan boasts power-closing doors, adaptive cruise control, a 16-speaker stereo, a navigation system, leather upholstery and automatic wipers. Options range from a panoramic sunroof and an automatic opening and closing trunk to extra cameras and an additional power package for better performance. For an exclusive few, there’s the "Black Badge" special edition model with blacked-out cosmetics — including the famous "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament. Still, for all its magnificence, the Ghost II doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto — clearly money can’t buy everything.
So what does it all cost? The 2018 Rolls-Royce Ghost II starts around $315,000 for the standard wheelbase and around $350,000 for the Extended. That’s a huge step up over the 7 Series, and even the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. For some shoppers, it’s well worth the added expense, but we suspect you’d have to really love the Rolls-Royce brand name to justify the purchase.