By Cars.com EditorsJune 16, 2010
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Cars.com's Joe Wiesenfelder takes a look at the 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost. It competes with the Bentley Continental Flying Spur and Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG.
<v Announcer>Cars.com Auto Review. Hi, I'm Joe Wiesenfelder from Cars.com. Everyone knows what Rolls-Royce is. They know it stands for ultra luxury and prestige, but they don't know is what a current Rolls-Royce looks like.
It's not this swoopy old fashioned looking thing. The current Rolls-Royce looks like this. Well, actually it doesn't look like a Rolls yet. Now it does. This car might look like the flagship Rolls-Royce Phantom. It's actually a 2010 Ghost, which is a little bit smaller. And instead of $380,000, it starts at a mere $245,000. It's the Rolls for the rest of us. As you might expect a Rolls-Royce has lots of tricks and thrills starting with the doors. Door trick number one, apparently it's rainy in Great Britain. Not only do you get a umbrella in both of the front doors, you get the nicest umbrella you've ever touched. This umbrella is too good for me. Door trick number two: back door opens this way. It's a coach door. Door trick number three, push this button here. I like it. Our car is optioned up to $35,000. This panoramic moonroof is $7,000, front and rear ventilated seats, that's heated and cooled $3,500. Front massaging seats, $1,100. Rear massaging seats, another $1,100. These so-called picnic tables with a little extension for your laptop, $2,800. Now, right above the picnic tables. The rear theater configuration has two large screens about 9 inches diagonally. You can play DVD, the usual stuff. Now you can fit three people in the backseat, but with the individual seat configuration, $6,000, you get all sorts of control. Either side gets backrest adjustment, bottom cushion adjustment. There's a lumbar control. I have to mention, even though this car is shorter from bumper to bumper than the short wheel base Phantom, it's actually roomier inside. It's a totally different platform and it actually has a much more powerful engine with more than 560 horsepower. It does 0 to 60 in less than five seconds. Pretty impressive for a car that weighs 2 and 3 quarter tons. But this is not a sports car. This isn't trying to be what some of the competitors are from from Porsche and Bentley, etcetera. It's all about isolation and comfort. It's exceptionally quiet, comfortable, luxurious inside. The wood all comes from the same tree. So it has matching grain and it ages the same. The color stays the same across the car. There are no fewer than eight leather hides used in one car. Our car actually has an extended leather and door pocket lighting package for $2,100, a little more leather. And when you put your hand into a pocket like here in the door, the light comes on, only when your hand is in there. What's this doing in there? (jazzy music) <v Announcer>For more car related news, go to Cars.com, or our blog Kickingtires.net.