2011 Shanghai Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The new long-wheelbase Rolls-Royce Ghost features a 6.7-inch wheelbase stretch.
- The Roller debuted in Shanghai and is aimed at customers who prefer to let a chauffeur do the driving.
- The Ghost Extended Wheelbase goes on sale this year; full production won't ramp up until 2012.
SHANGHAI, China — Introduced today at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, the new 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost extended-wheelbase model features a 6.7-inch wheelbase stretch, with much of the additional knee- and legroom in the rear compartment.
First detailed late last year by Edmunds.com, the extended-length Ghost is aimed at customers who prefer to let a chauffeur handle the driving duties. The car's wheelbase stretches 136.4 inches, and overall length is 219.2 inches (up from 212.6 on the standard-length Ghost).
Of course, the 2012 Ghost Extended Wheelbase is not only roomy, but powerful. Its twin-turbocharged and direct-injected 6.6-liter V12 makes 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque, providing 0-60 acceleration in less than 5.0 seconds, according to Rolls-Royce.
The automaker said the Ghost Extended Wheelbase "will be built to order and is available in only limited numbers for 2011 until full production begins in 2012."
Features include a panoramic sunroof and adaptive air suspension.
Rolls-Royce also said it will begin offering a bespoke China Edition Ghost "in limited quantities," displaying a showcar with a consort red cabin, stainless-steel pinstripes and a gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament.
Edmunds.com says: Exclusivity continues to be the name of Rolls-Royce's game. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent