Rolls-Royce has added a second model in its Ghost lineup called the Ghost Extended Wheelbase. This is one of the first of a number of models to be spun off the platform of its new smaller saloon. The Ghost ‘EWB’ was unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show.
Like stretched Phantom, the Ghost ‘EWB’ is simply a longer and more spacious version of the standard model. The car has 170mm of extra space between the axles, but that extra length has been cleverly balanced visually, with only 35mm of extra length going into the rear doors.
Minimum kneeroom in the back of the car – the distance between the back of the front seat in its rearmost position and the front of the rear seat’s squab – has risen from 160- to 330mm.
The Ghost EWB also gets a panoramic sunroof as standard that, according to Rolls-Royce, allows more light into the rear of the cabin, enhancing the sensation of space. Styling distinctions outside include a new forged alloy wheel design. This version of the Ghost is expected to be Rolls’ most popular model in countries like China, and is the first of the firm’s models ever to be unveiled to the world on the Asian continent.
The Ghost EWB will go into production at Goodwood later this year. However in China, where the model was unveiled, prices are expected to be atleast 20% higher than the standard wheelbase version.
Autocar has also learnt that there will be more versions of the Ghost like the Coupe and the Drophead in the future.
Issue: 165 | May 2013
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