114 horsepower and thrilling sound for a 12-cylinder engine at the touch of a button, SPOFEC, a German customisation company has turned the new Rolls-Royce Ghost to sportiest interpretation of the Rolls-Royce sedan ever. I swear, check out this kill machine.
SPOFEC is a business division of NOVITEC Group dedicated exclusively to the customization of the current Rolls-Royce vehicles from Goodwood.
The customisation gives the Ghost even greater driving dynamics and an even more extravagant appearance.
This cuts the sprint time from 0 – 100 km/h to a mere 4.5 seconds. The top speed remains limited to 250 km/h.
To match the improved driving dynamics, SPOFEC gives the new Ghost an even more athletic design with carbon bodywork components that feature sporty and elegant styling.
SPOFEC forged wheels with a diameter of 22 inches developed in cooperation with US rim manufacturer Vossen fill out the wheel wells perfectly. The SPOFEC suspension module lowers the ride height of the luxury sedan by about 40 millimeters.
A standard peak output of 420 kW/571 hp and 850 Nm of torque mean that there are quite a few reserves slumbering in the 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 engine of the Rolls-Royce Ghost.
The optimal fertile ground for the SPOFEC engine specialists who adapt a plug-and-play N-TRONIC module to the electronic engine control unit. It introduces new mapping for injection and ignition, which SPOFEC programmed in a complex series of tests, and moderately increases the boost pressure.
As a result, the output of the twelve-cylinder jumps to 504 kW / 685 hp at a low 5,400 rpm. At the same time, peak torque grows to 958 Nm. This also improves the pulling power in daily driving and the acceleration figures.
The enhanced luxury sedan shoots from rest to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds. Due to the high vehicle weight, the electronic speed limitation to 250 km/h remains unchanged. SPOFEC optionally underscores these significantly improved dynamics with a more thrilling sound as well.
To this end, the company developed a stainless sport exhaust with actively controlled exhaust flaps. It enables the driver to select either a decidedly discreet or a very powerful exhaust note from inside the cockpit by remote control.
The SPOFEC designers were tasked to give the Rolls-Royce Ghost a sporty-elegant touch. To do so, they developed tastefully styled and aerodynamically efficient bodywork components for both wheelbase variants of the Ghost. The components are produced from lightweight yet high-strength carbon.
The new SPOFEC front fascia characterises the fresh face for the Rolls-Royce. Large air intakes give it a visually striking appearance. What is more: It also reduces front-axle lift at high speeds and thus further optimizes the directional stability.
The new aerodynamic-enhancement component optionally also comes with LED position markers and perfectly transitions to the likewise new SPOFEC front fenders. These fenders feature a distinctive air outlet behind the wheel arch on either side.
The SPOFEC rocker panels come in tailor-made versions for the Ghost models with short or long wheelbase.
They give the British four-door car an even lower and sleeker visual stance. SPOFEC also gives the rear view an athletic upgrade with a new rear fascia and spoiler lip.
Wheels make or break a car and consequently the SPOFEC specialists developed hi-tech forged wheels for the new Ghost, which are produced by Vossen, one of the world’s leading manufacturers in this field.
Nine pairs of twin-spokes extending all the way to the outer flange characterize the SPOFEC SP2 design, which is pictured here in the silver polished variant.
In sizes 9.5Jx22 at the front and 10.5Jx22 on the rear axle, they carry tires of sizes 265/35 ZR 22 and 295/30 ZR 22 and optimally fill out the available space under the wheel arches.
The SPOFEC CAN-Tronic suspension module is specifically calibrated to work with the 22-inch tires. At speeds up to 140 km/h, the new programming of the Ghost’s air suspension lowers the vehicle by about 40 millimeters compared to the production car. At higher speeds, the vehicle body automatically reverts to the standard level.
Another option that SPOFEC realizes at the highest level of quality is exclusive interior refinement, which turns the personal wishes of the particular vehicle owner into a reality in every detail.
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- Velvety-smooth ride, endless power from V-12 engine, high-class inside and out.
- King’s ransom starting price, outward visibility is compromised by thick roof pillars, floppy-feeling brake pedal.
- It might be the entry point to the Rolls-Royce brand, but the Ghost doesn’t deliver an entry-level experience.
Rolls-Royce ownership makes a bold statement. It means that you’re not only wealthy, but that you don’t make compromises. The 2022 Ghost sedan lives up to that uncompromising luxury ethos and blends in a few surprises along the way. It shares its platform with the flagship Phantom sedan and the Cullinan SUV, which helps it provide a peerless ride quality that’s on par with the best the brand has to offer. A smooth and whisper-quiet V-12 engine provides seemingly endless power, and the Ghost’s cabin—decked out with only the finest leathers, fabrics, woods, and metals—serves as a palatial oasis from the rigors of affluence and celebrity.
What’s New for 2022?
The Ghost welcomes a Black Badge variant for the 2022 model year, which sports darkened exterior trimmings, hand-polished and high-gloss paintwork, black wood interior trim, a slightly more powerful 592-hp version of the 6.7-liter V-12 engine, and more. The Black Badge is highly customizable, like all Rolls-Royce models, but its exclusivity means it commands a much higher starting price than the standard model.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Despite being the entry-level model, the Ghost will still be out of reach of most new-car buyers. The list of standard and optional equipment is extremely long, but Rolls-Royce offers a seemingly endless list of additional features and customizations, the only question is how much you’re willing to spend.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Ghost is powered by 563-hp 6.7-liter V-12 that is shared with the Cullinan SUV; Black Badge models get a boost in power to 592 hp. An eight-speed automatic handles shifting duties, and all-wheel drive is standard. According to Rolls-Royce, the Ghost is capable of hitting 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, and we’re looking forward to verifying that claim at our test track. Rolls-Royce also boasts that the new Ghost offers a sharper driving demeanor than the last model, pointing to the all-wheel-steering system and 50/50 weight distribution as evidence that driving satisfaction played a significant role in the car’s development. The Ghost provides a peerless ride thanks to its standard adaptive suspension that employs a road-scanning camera to help the vehicle anticipate and compensate for potholes.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates that the Ghost will return 12 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. Once we get a chance, we’ll put the Ghost through our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test and update this story with results. For more information about the Ghost’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Like the cabin of any Rolls-Royce, the new Ghost is opulent inside, with every surface, knob, switch, and lever crafted from quality materials. Trying to stand out from competitors like the Bentley Flying Spur and the Mercedes-Benz S-class, Rolls-Royce has pulled out all the stops. Think thick carpet, finely grained leather, real wood and metal accents, and even an available headliner with tiny integrated LEDs to simulate a starlit sky. An illuminated dashboard inlay glows when the driver turns on the Ghost, adding to the starry-night ambiance. The best seat in the house is in the rear, where passengers are treated to such luxuries as massaging seats, an entertainment system, and acres of legroom.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Along with providing a Wi-Fi hotspot, the Ghost features a large infotainment touchscreen with in-dash navigation. Though not confirmed, we expect it also includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces. A dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system allows passengers to adjust the radio, input destinations into the nav, and more. Rolls-Royce also supplies an 18-speaker Bespoke stereo system with 1300 watts of power and magnesium-ceramic speaker cones.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Rolls-Royce offers a host of driver-assistance features as standard on the Ghost, including adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. For more information about the Ghost’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Like the rest of the Rolls-Royce lineup, the Ghost comes with a four-year warranty and maintenance package, which doesn’t expire at a certain mileage limit.
- Limited warranty covers four years or unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or unlimited miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for four years or unlimited miles