This Rolls-Royce offers another kind of comfort, with a satin smooth ride and world-class refinement. Andrew Frankel enjoys the ride
Rolls-Royce Ghost II Extended Wheelbase
This model from £250,297
How different is a Rolls-Royce to a conventional luxury car? Enough to justify costing more than the UK’s average house? Objectively clearly not, but only because a Rolls-Royce such as this Ghost II Extended Wheelbase offers another kind of comfort, where the satin smooth ride and world-class refinement others strive to achieve are not the objective but merely the starting point.
Here the rear seat feels not like that of a car so much as a land-bound business jet. It tempts you to drive in your socks to see how deep into the lamb’s wool carpets your feet will sink. Every control you touch, every item that slides, opens, rotates or folds does so with the well-oiled precision and smoothness of a car that has been designed by master craftsmen and engineered down to the smallest detail. This is total luxury as far beyond the reach of rivals as it was when Rolls-Royce first became known as ‘The Best Car in the World’ more than 100 years ago.
- Engine: 6592cc, 563bhp
- Transmission: 8-speed automatic
- Top speed: 155mph
- 0-60mph acceleration: 5.0sec
- Claimed economy: 20.0mpg
- VED: Group M
- Insurance Group: 50 (1=low, 50=high)