SPYSHOTS: 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost on road trials

SPYSHOTS: 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost on road trials

The next-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost has been spotted out on test again, this time with its production bodywork visible and with just the camouflage foil applied, without the concealing shrouds of before.

Where previous iterations of the Ghost development vehicle sported a row of circular holes beneath the headlamps, we can now see that in these positions are what appear to be slim, horizontal intakes above a more sculpted mid-bumper section, beneath which are the intakes. The headlamps themselves feature a different arrangement, now bearing a closer resemblance to those on BMWs.

It appears that Rolls-Royce has been careful not to depart drastically from what its customers know and like, and the forthcoming Ghost’s interior appears to be of a similar layout that of the current model.

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Detail changes over the current car’s interior include a revised layout for the buttons on the multi-function steering wheel, and the air-conditioning controls appear to be in a single unit rather than the current car’s separate ‘pods’ in between dashboard trim surrounds. For the driver, instrumentation now appears to be digital, as on the Phantom.

This forthcoming Ghost is underpinned by the firm’s ‘Architecture of Luxury’ which also forms the basis of the eighth-generation Phantom and the Cullinan, and its application for the latter means that all-wheel-drive is a possibility for the Ghost. Here, a development of the 6.75 litre biturbo V12 engine will most likely be employed, along with a GPS-aided eight-speed automatic transmission.

Our sources have also indicated that the purely internal-combustion V12-powered Ghost could be joined in the line-up by an all-electric version later on, as well as a plug-in hybrid variant. In the meantime, the next-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost is expected to debut in 2021.

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Mick Chan

Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.



  • Engineer on Feb 18, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Even RR has to do road testing on their new cars, I don’t know why Perodua think they know better and don’t need to do any road tests before launching their new cars. Are they so arrogant to think they know better than RR? I wouldn’t have trusted my life in their untested cars.

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    • Jepangese don't lied on Feb 18, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      P2 cars were just dressed up version of there borrowed models of Daihatsu Toyota already tested on the road long long time ago.

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      • Hafiz Hisham on Feb 19, 2020 at 10:21 am

        So basically Perodua was lying to us when they very confidently told us they develop their own cars but in actual fact are still rebadges from their donor cars.

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  • CommonSenses on Feb 19, 2020 at 8:49 am

    It’s because RR is a global car and it needs to adapt all the road condition in other countries. Whereas Perodua is a local does not match the global standard so that’s the reason it does not go for road testing as we we know our road standard and so do the Perodua R&R department too

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