Rolls-Royce plans to launch a slightly smaller and less expensive car than its Phantom sedan.
The 2010 Ghost carries a $245,000 sticker price, not including shipping and the gas-guzzler tax, which have not been determined. By comparison, the 2010 Phantom sedan is priced at $385,000, including gas-guzzler tax and shipping.
Ghost: The four-door sedan, about the size of a BMW 7, debuted last month at the Frankfurt auto show. Under the hood is a 563-hp, 6.6-liter turbocharged V-12 that Rolls says will propel the sedan from 0 to 60 mph in less than five seconds. An eight-speed ZF transmission is standard. Production begins this year, and U.S. sales begin in March or April.
Rolls has high hopes for the Ghost, predicting that it will double the brand's global sales. The luxury-car maker, owned by BMW Group, sold about 1,200 vehicles worldwide last year.
Phantom: The big sedan was reskinned this year, giving it a face similar to that of the Drophead Coupe version.
Phantom Drophead Coupe: No major changes are expected for the convertible.
Phantom Coupe: No major changes are expected for several years.