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2009-07-22 06:28
The all-new Rolls-Royce Ghost will debut shortly at the Frankfurt show and key performance details have been released.

It's no secret at the fifth addition to the Rolls-Royce line-up will be powered by a new turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 motor, but this is the first time that performance figures have been made known.

Mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the V12 produces 420 kW at 5 250 r/min and a stupendous 780 Nm at 1 500 r/min.

It covers 0 - 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed governed at 250 km/h.

Keeping it in the family

Helmut Riedl, the company's director of engineering, says, “First and foremost Ghost is a Rolls-Royce.

"This means that despite its extraordinary performance figures it has been engineered for effortless composure and refined power delivery. This is illustrated by the significant levels of low down torque available which makes pulling away very smooth and for an exceptionally relaxed driving experience."

The manufacturer has previously revealed that Ghost will feature a four-corner air suspension system riding on aluminium multi-link axles at the front and rear.

It also makes use of several BMW 7 Series components and rides on the same platform.

Key dynamic and safety features on the Rolls are controlled by dual Integrated Chassis Management systems.

The all-new Ghost, which is largely based on the 200EX concept shown at the Geneva show earlier this year, will be unveiled at September's Frankfurt Motor Show.


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