2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Review: Engine Options, Bespoke Features, Interiors, And Rivals

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Swapnil Kulshrestha

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September 25, 2020 at 04:44 AM

In the 2021 version of this iconic Ghost, Rolls Royce has decided to play it safe with the mantra of minimalistic styling. Ask and you shall receive, Rolls Royce has decided to further develop and refine their 6.75L twin-turbocharged V12 engine for silent rolling. A new full aluminum spaceframe platform will cater to the engine needs. Moreover, with a new Micro-Environment Purification System and a new awe-inspiring illuminated Ghost fascia, Rolls Royce has gone all in, as it should for a car that will cost an estimated $315,000.

2021 Rolls Royce Ghost Highlights

Since its inspection, Rolls-Royce has established itself as a brand that can be relied upon mainly due to its powerful performance of the engine and its top-class interiors. The Rolls-Royce Ghost has performed exceptionally well and in the process has gained many followers, rather than many customers. Given its approach according to the previous years, the marquee automaker certainly follows a minimalistic design approach, along with a much more potent and refined 6.75 twin-turbo V12 engine incorporating an even better all-wheel-drive system.

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The outright aesthetic treatment given to the Ghost's cabin is certainly marvelous, especially the front Ghost fascia on the dashboard surrounded by 850 illuminating stars. Weight will also be a major changing point since, in the previous editions, its performance was bogged down in major areas due to its large weight. The air intakes at the bumper bottom will be transformed into one wide inlet for smooth running and preferably a silent cabin. The new 2021 Rolls Royce Ghost is an iconic marvel that is pitted against the likes of the Bentley Flying Spur W12 and the Mercedes Maybach S650 among others. Let's see how the fight unravels.

What’s the expected price of the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost?

The Rolls-Royce Ghost will undergo some biblical changes for the year 2021. Some of these changes include the oversight of a 6.75L V12 engine from the previous 6.6L engine, optional rear-wheel steering, and standard AWD setup, and much more. With so much on cards for the year 2021, there is a high possibility that the Ghost Sedan may witness a hike in its prices. Now despite it being the entry-level model from Rolls-Royce and as there has been no official word yet on the pricing of the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost, yet we expect the standalone variant to cost somewhere around the $315,000 mark. In retrospect, the prices for the 2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost initiated at $311,900 and went up to $349,000 for the Long Wheelbase variant.

How does the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost fare on the Engine and Performance front?

The performance quotient is one of the primary factors when choosing a car and Rolls-Royce knows it quite well and makes available the best engine there is in their arsenal. Backed with a 6.75L Twin-Turbo V12 engine and coupled with 563 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque, it rules the streets with authority. And why would it not? As the entry-level Rolls-Royce model shares its powertrain with the big-league boys, the Phantom and the Cullinan SUV. Now despite it being a fairly hefty vehicle, the 6.75L engine allows the 2021 Ghost to sprint from 0-60 MPH in just 4.6 seconds.

The 2021 Ghost shares its 6.7L V12 engine with the Phantom Series

The transmission is a slick-smooth 8-speed automatic that quite happily sends the said power to all of the wheels. The Rear-wheel-drivetrain will not be offered going forwards. Going by the stats, the 2021 Ghost will not disappoint because it has the backing of an engine of the very best quality, and also because it has a new air-intake system. That's not all, the 2021 Ghost also gets the Planar Suspension System, which according to Rolls-Royce gives you a sense of flight on land, and rightfully so, with these changes being brought about, it certainly amounts to an effortless ride.


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2020 Mercedes Benz Maybach S650

2020 Bentley Flying Spur W12






6.75L Twin-Turbo V12

6.0L Twin Turbo V12

6.0L Turbocharged W12






8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic


563 hp @ 5,250 RPM

621 hp @ 5,500 RPM

626 hp @ 6,000 RPM


627 lb-ft @1,500 RPM

738 lb-ft @ 2,300 RPM

664 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

0-60 MPH 4.6 secs 4.7 secs 3.6 secs
Top Speed 155.3 MPH 155 MPH 207 MPH

Yes, the power and torque figures of the Rolls-Royce Ghost are good but not great when its rivals come to the picture but let's not forget that the engine is light-years ahead of the others in terms of refinement and has performed extremely well through the years. Mercedes Maybach S650 with its huge torque output figures certainly does it no good when it comes to acceleration times, as it is by far the slowest of the lot.

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How does the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost fare on the fuel-efficiency front?

This is somewhere the Rolls-Royce lacks in, fuel efficiency. Nevertheless, the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost is certainly much more efficient than its previous iterations, which means that the 2021 Ghost will be able to spin for 10.7 miles in the city or can cruise through 21.6 miles on the highway for every gallon of fuel. Summing up these figures, we get a combined mpg of 17. So in hindsight, the larger engine block ironically does weave its wizardry in making this sedan a bit less thirsty for better MPG figures. 21.8-gallon fuel tank also translates to far better distance covered between gas stations. However, with that being said, case in point, if you are getting a Rolls-Royce Ghost in your driveway, the cost of fuel refills should not really bother you much. 


2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost 

2020 Mercedes Benz Maybach S650

2020 Bentley Flying Spur W12

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MPG (Highway)




MPG (Combined)




Fuel Capacity (Gallons)




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The 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost although earlier expected to lag behind in terms of fuel-efficiency is quite surprisingly leading with respect to both its rivals. The Bentley Flying Spur W12 is the least efficient of the lot with a combined MPG of 15, but it does have a fuel tank capacity of 23.8 gallons, which puts it back on the leader board.

How does the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost fare on the interior front?

It is tough to imagine that Rolls-Royce not providing you with the best at what they have to offer on the interior front. It impresses once again with its luxurious cabin and the features that come along with it. The dashboard is an attractive set-piece and the seats are well-bolstered with fine stitching. Moreover, Rolls-Royce also gives you a chance to design and customize the leather seats with almost 30 colors readily available. The Interior setup follows the same minimalist design such as that of the exterior silhouette. The finest of leathers and wood trimmings have been used to give the interior a sumptuous feel.

The Rolls-Royce logo is proudly flaunted on the fine leather seats. Apart from that, Rolls Royce has also created an illuminating fascia, with the Ghost nameplate on it surrounded by a magical 850 illuminating stars. For the year 2021, the Rolls-Royce Ghost will get some significant interior updates such as a digital driver’s display, and the acoustic setup. The infotainment system also doesn’t disappoint the customers as it comes with the latest BMW technology and feature-list. The 10.25-inch focal touchscreen is a hit and loved by all. It is also backed by the BMW iDrive infotainment system. The trunk capacity of the 2021 Ghost stands at 17.3 cubic feet. 


2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost 

2020 Mercedes Benz Maybach S650

2020 Bentley Flying Spur W12

Seating Capacity




Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)




Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)




Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)




Coming to the seating space, the earlier versions just lagged behind the Mercedes in terms of front row space but had total domination in terms of rear space. The trunk capacity is the highest for the Maybach S650 followed by the 2021 Ghost and the Bentley Flying Spur thereafter.

Some of the other infotainment features included in the 2021 Ghost are-

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Satellite radio and navigation
  • 16 speaker bespoke sound system
  • Infotainment touchpad
  • Crystal rotary controller
  • Rear high-resolution screens

Will there be any changes on the exterior front of the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost?

Now we come to that portion of the car which has been most talked about, the exterior front. One look and you will realize, that this is no ordinary exterior. It has been designed in such a way so that it does justice to its marquee brand name ’Rolls-Royce.’ The 2021 Ghost defines minimalism on all levels. Along with its awesome logo and enormous grille, which has been a characteristic of all its cars, the new LED headlights along with the aluminum platform also impresses. It brings with it a sense of boldness with a new front-fascia redefining a classic look suited for the very best.

For the year 2021, the Rolls-Royce Ghost may look even more commanding, and alluring as in 2021, the sedan will get a slightly tweaked exterior with better designs. For instance, The air intakes at the bumper bottom will be transformed into one wide inlet. Moreover, Rolls Royce engineers have been given the leeway to design the Ghost to their perspective, and hence the team decided to increase the width of the 2021 Ghost by 30 mm.


2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost 

2020 Mercedes Benz Maybach S650

2020 Bentley Flying Spur W12

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Length (inches)




Width (inches)




Height (inches)




Ground Clearance (inches)




Wheelbase (inches)




We can confirm that the wheelbase and the ground clearance provided by the Rolls-Royce are the highest and its weight is certainly on the heavier side of the spectrum when compared to the rest. Bentley's lighter curb weight and impressive torque figures help it achieve the fastest acceleration time of the lot.

Will the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost get any safety updates?

Rolls Royce leaves no stone unturned when it comes to the safety of the customer. It has focused on safety heavily so that the ride is pleasant without having to worry about the risky aspects. Now as both the NHTSA and the IIHS won't throw the expensive $315,000 Ghost through the wall, Rolls has certainly paid a great amount of heed to the safety aspect of the car. Some of its features include Low tire pressure alerts, side collision beams, Rolls-Royce Emergency Assist SOS, Lane Change Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Front and Back Parking sensors, night vision assist, and Standard Adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode.

Is the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost worth it?

The 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost has hardly any flaws. Starting from the potent 6.7L monstrous engine to the infotainment features and interior comfort, Rolls packs the 2021 Ghost with the finest quality materials and offers every great feature you need at a slightly higher price-tag. The fuel economy and the cargo space are not that bad either and should not call for a concern when you close in on this car. So to answer your question, Yes the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost is definitely worth it.

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2021 Rolls Royce Ghost FAQs

Is the Rolls Royce Ghost reliable?

The fact that it hardly ever breaks down is a testament to its untethered British reliability. The engine has such note-worthy popularity for its working that it is unlikely to witness any such failure issues of the sort. Moreover, inside the complete set of electronic gizmos are taken care of by BMW, and hence pack that German reliability too.

What is the difference between the Rolls Royce Ghost and the Phantom?

First and foremost, the sheer size and outright heft of the Rolls Royce Phantom is much more than that of the Rolls Royce Ghost. Moreover, whereas the Ghost packs in a 6.6L V12 engine punching out 563 hp, the Phantom, on the other hand, packs a bigger 6.8L V12 engine that delivers a far superior torque figure of 664 lb-ft.

How fast is the Rolls Royce Ghost?

The Rolls Royce Ghost, with its 6.6L V12 manages to sprint from 0-60 MPH in just about 4.6 seconds all the while achieving a top speed of 155.3 MPH (electronically limited).

Who owns Rolls Royce?

Earlier on a purebred British motoring company, Rolls-Royce now is owned by the German heavyweight BMW. Furthermore, all the electronic setups you see inside the latest offerings from Rolls Royce are all majorly from BMW.

What other uber-luxury cars can be compared to the Rolls Royce Ghost?

This is certainly a tough one, as many believe that Rolls Royce is a marvel on its own and no other car in the industry is as good as the Ghost. Nevertheless, for the sake of competition, the Rolls Royce Ghost shows off its might against the supreme Bentley Flying Spur W12 S and the Mercedes Benz Maybach S650.

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