It’s been a while since we last saw Rolls Royce testing the next-gen Ghost, but our spies had the chance to snap a few shots of a fully camouflaged test car lapping the Nurburgring.
The Phantom’s smaller sibling isn’t going to redefine what a Rolls Royce should look like, opting instead to refine the design of the current Ghost with just a few styling changes, including a set of more modern headlights and taillights, a stronger shoulder line and a slightly slippery shape.
The rear-hinged suicide doors will be retained, offering comfortable access for passengers and that theatricality you’ve come to expect from a Rolls Royce.
The biggest change for the next-generation Ghost is the underpinnings, as Rolls Royce opted for its own aluminum platform, ditching the 7-Series architecture of the current model. The new platform will improve the 2021 Ghost in terms of body rigidity and refinement.
The aluminum structure is also said to make the next-generation Ghost lighter and compatible with a 48-volt electrical architecture that’s necessary for both some mild-hybridisation and running chassis systems like active anti-roll bars and all-wheel steering.
Power is expected to be provided by an updated version of the twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 engine, paired to a buttery-smooth eight-speed automatic transmission. Reports suggest that all-wheel drive will also be present, at least as an option.
The interior will follow Rolls Royce’s tradition in terms of design, featuring strict lines and expensive materials. However, the new Ghost will also get a much needed injection of onboard tech; this includes a digital instrument cluster, a bigger infotainment screen, a larger head-up display and the latest in active safety systems.
The second generation Rolls Royce Ghost is scheduled for a reveal sometime next year as a 2021 model.