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2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost

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$105,028 — $166,688 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
16 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

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(4.0) 4 reviews

The Good

  • V-12 power
  • Ride comfort
  • Assertive styling
  • Handsome cabin
  • Technologically competitive

The Bad

  • Limited availability

What to Know

about the 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost
  • New long-wheelbase version for 2012
  • 563-hp, twin-turbo V-12
  • Eight-speed automatic
  • Four- or five-seat configurations
  • Rear-opening backseat doors

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Our Take

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Vehicle Overview

Although the Ghost is Rolls-Royce's smallest and least expensive sedan, the average bystander wouldn't think it. With a starting price of $250,000 and a twin-turbo V-12 under the hood, it competes with the likes of a Bentley Continental Flying Spur, or perhaps a well-accessorized Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG.

New for 2012
An extended-wheelbase version of the Ghost is newly available.

Exterior
Though stately by anyone's standards, the Ghost's lines are sleeker than the brand's larger, more upright Phantom sedan. The size comparisons, of course, are all relative: At 212.6 inches long, the regular-length Ghost stretches more than 10 inches past most minivans. Exterior features include:

  • Nineteen- and 20-inch wheels are available, with self-righting centerpieces that display Rolls-Royce's double-R logo right-side up no matter the position of the wheel
  • Retracting Spirit of Ecstasy statuette on the hood
  • Rear-hinged doors can power shut at the touch of a backseat button
  • Front doors have storage nooks with Teflon-coated umbrellas

Interior
Up front, the Ghost's dashboard is an imposing array of wood and chrome. There's an iDrive-like controller that shows the influence of Rolls-Royce owner BMW, but other similarities are few. Technological features include a navigation system with graphics similar to BMW's latest version of iDrive, a head-up display and a 16-speaker stereo with full USB/iPod integration. Interior features include:

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Vehicle Overview

Although the Ghost is Rolls-Royce's smallest and least expensive sedan, the average bystander wouldn't think it. With a starting price of $250,000 and a twin-turbo V-12 under the hood, it competes with the likes of a Bentley Continental Flying Spur, or perhaps a well-accessorized Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG.

New for 2012
An extended-wheelbase version of the Ghost is newly available.

Exterior
Though stately by anyone's standards, the Ghost's lines are sleeker than the brand's larger, more upright Phantom sedan. The size comparisons, of course, are all relative: At 212.6 inches long, the regular-length Ghost stretches more than 10 inches past most minivans. Exterior features include:

  • Nineteen- and 20-inch wheels are available, with self-righting centerpieces that display Rolls-Royce's double-R logo right-side up no matter the position of the wheel
  • Retracting Spirit of Ecstasy statuette on the hood
  • Rear-hinged doors can power shut at the touch of a backseat button
  • Front doors have storage nooks with Teflon-coated umbrellas

Interior
Up front, the Ghost's dashboard is an imposing array of wood and chrome. There's an iDrive-like controller that shows the influence of Rolls-Royce owner BMW, but other similarities are few. Technological features include a navigation system with graphics similar to BMW's latest version of iDrive, a head-up display and a 16-speaker stereo with full USB/iPod integration. Interior features include:

  • Recessed backseat sits well behind the door openings, meaning many passengers would require a hand to make a graceful exit
  • Two- and three-seat rear configurations available
  • Both rows of seats feature leather from cows raised in fields free of barbed wire to minimize imperfections
  • Each car's wood inlays come from the same tree to ensure consistent coloration as the wood ages

Under the Hood
The Ghost's twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 makes 563 horsepower and 575 pounds-feet of torque. Working through an eight-speed automatic transmission, the engine can propel the car to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, Rolls-Royce says. Other sedans may be quicker, but at nearly 5,500 pounds, the Ghost weighs nearly as much as some full-size SUVs. Mechanical features include:

  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Runs on premium gas

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.0
4 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(3.0)
Value For The Money
(3.0)
(5.0)

No comparison

by Blessed from Texas on July 13, 2013

The first night I couldn't sleep cause I thought I would be judged, I thought I would be robbed, and I thought i over paid for a car. By night two, after driving it around for about an hour, I felt ... Read full review

(2.0)

fancy door stop

by simon from Beverly Hills on June 12, 2012

well I can say that it is a head turner, lots of class and style in and out but thats all. I didnt care much for it after that I still perfer BMW over Rolls Royce but now I can say I had one. Once I ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Rolls-Royce

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / unlimited distance

  • Powertrain

    48 months / unlimited distance

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Ghost received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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