There’s a new Rolls-Royce variant coming to town, and its the Ghost Extended Wheelbase (EWB) that was launched at Auto Shanghai earlier this year. RR personnel say that a year end launch in Malaysia is planned, with the first units expected to reach customers in Q1 2012. Production of the Ghost EWB starts this September in Goodwood, England.

As its name suggests, the Ghost EWB features an elongated wheelbase for more rear legroom and a revised standard spec sheet. The distance between the wheels has been stretched by 170 mm compared to the standard Ghost, resulting in minimum rear kneeroom (distance between the back of the front seat in its rearmost position and the front of the rear seat squab) increasing from 160 to 330 mm. It’s a substantial increase, as the pics below show.

The standard equipment list has been boosted to now include a panoramic sunroof, rear entertainment system and lamb’s wool carpets (the latter feels truly lovely), all previously on the options list. There are new alloys and slimmer wing mirrors, too.

Despite all that and the bigger body, we’re told that the weight increase in just 35 kilos. By the way, the Ghost is powered by a twin-turbo V12 with 563 hp and 780 Nm of torque.

In China, the EWB is about 20% costlier than the standard Ghost. In Singapore, where the Ghost is tagged at $998k, the EWB is expected to carry a price of $1.2 million.

In Malaysia, the standard Ghost is priced from RM2.6 million, so you do the +20% math. Bear in mind that some options on the SWB is standard on the EWB, though.

We previewed the car when it made a pit stop in Singapore. Gallery of live snaps after the jump.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase
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Rolls-Royce Ghost Malaysian preview, Jan 2010
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