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2009-04-20 15:12
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The "baby" Roll-Royce, that has until now been known as RR4, will in production form take on the historic Ghost moniker.

The announcement was made at a press conference at the Shanghai motor show where company CEO Tom Purves said, "We are delighted to formally announce the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

"It is one of the most revered names in the automotive industry, evoking images of adventure and technical innovation. The name reflects this new model's breadth of abilities.

"The first cars to bear the Ghost name were known not only for impressive dependability and refinement but also great flair and style. This car will be the first in a new generation of models to carry this evocative name and will give us two pinnacle product lines - Phantom and Ghost."

Production of the Rolls-Royce Ghost will begin at the company's Goodwood plant later this year.

The car, which will share its platform with the BMW 7 Series, will be powered by an all-new 6.6-litre turbocharged V12 engine producing "upwards of 373 kW". This engine will be mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.  

The Rolls-Royce Ghost was originally produced between 1906 and 1925 when 7 876 cars were produced. The new Ghost is expected to debut at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show.

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