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Rolls-Royce To Hit International LCT Show Floor For First Time

Posted on January 25, 2012
The 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost EWB Ghost Extended Wheelbase will be on display at the 2012 International LCT Show Feb. 13-15 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost EWB Ghost Extended Wheelbase will be on display at the 2012 International LCT Show Feb. 13-15 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Adding a premium touch of luxury chauffeured class to LCT’s trade show, Rolls-Royce is aiming to impress operators with the 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost EWB Ghost Extended Wheelbase.

The Ghost EWB is the latest Rolls-Royce in the company’s 107-year history of pinnacle luxury cars, and it’ll be front and center at the 2012 International LCT Show in Las Vegas on Feb. 13-15. The most premium of luxury sedans is being brought to the Show in cooperation with BMW of North America, which is displaying its first ever BMW luxury sedans ready for the chauffeured transportation market.

The Rolls-Royce Ghost is a model of outstanding design and unrivalled luxury, with ride and handling credentials underpinned by refined engineering expertise. Ghost EWB delivers all the poise and driving dynamics enjoyed by discerning Ghost owners, with the indulgent rear seat experience of an extended wheelbase car.

Hand-built in Goodwood, England, Ghost EWB is striking and agile. Its capacious interior comes courtesy of a 219.3-in. length and 136.4 in. wheelbase. Legroom is significantly enhanced over Ghost, with knee-room more than doubled from 6.3 in. to 13-in. It provides additional space and comfort for rear seat passengers at least as much as experiencing the car’s dynamic performance.

Discretion comes as standard in Ghost EWB. Passengers relax in lounge seats covered in sumptuous leather, seated behind the C-pillar to heighten the sense of privacy. The seat’s slight curve allows those inside to turn more easily to face each other, creating a convivial environment to chat informally or in which to do business.

A theater configuration is available as an option, allowing all settings that do not directly affect the driver to be controlled and accessed from the rear seat.

Functions are displayed on two 9.2 inch LCD screens in front-seat backs; these can be angled to suit the viewer and are managed via a central rotary controller mounted on the armrest. Passengers can activate climate control regulating the temperature of the air on their side of the car.

Passengers relax in lounge seats covered in sumptuous leather, seated behind the C-pillar to heighten the sense of privacy. The seat’s slight curve allows those inside to turn more easily to face each other, creating a convivial environment to chat informally or in which to do business.
Passengers relax in lounge seats covered in sumptuous leather, seated behind the C-pillar to heighten the sense of privacy. The seat’s slight curve allows those inside to turn more easily to face each other, creating a convivial environment to chat informally or in which to do business.

Ghost EWB is powered by the 6.6 liter twin turbo charged V12 engine of Ghost, delivering 563 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque effortlessly through an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox while achieving the best fuel economy in the ultra-luxury class. Travelling from 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds, and with a top speed limited to 155 mph, Ghost Extended Wheelbase remains imperceptibly capable in terms of its performance.

Double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension play a role in the exquisite ride in Ghost Extended Wheelbase and are complemented by an intelligent, four cornered air-suspension system and electronic variable damping to ensure the car is able to deliver the refinement demanded by the world’s most exclusive customers.

The air suspension system is so sensitive that it can detect and react to the smallest of changes. It can sense, for example, the movement of a single rear passenger from one side of the rear seat to the other. A complex computer system reads multiple inputs from sensors around the car; the dampers alone make individual load calculations every 2.5 milliseconds. This ensures not only perfect comfort but also precise steering and dynamics for the driver.

Each Rolls-Royce passes through up to 60 pairs of hands before leaving Goodwood in England. These belong to the skilled craftspeople and technicians who expend 20 days and undertake 2,000 individual operations to create one Ghost Extended Wheelbase.

Ghost EWB spends seven days being painted and hand polished to perfection. The first of five stages starts with a phosphate electro-coat to protect against corrosion. This is followed by a layer of primer, color coat and two layers of clear lacquer. The body is sanded between each layer and hand-polished for five hours after the application of the final coat to produce the glass-like finish that you find on every Rolls-Royce motor car.

Ghost EWB comes in 12 standard exterior colors, each of which can be contrasted by an optional Silver Satin bonnet. A special selection of 22 optional Commission Collection exterior colors is available for 2012.

Nine high-grade bull hides are used in each Ghost EWB interior. Leather is drum dyed to ensure color permeates right through; it is then naturally dried to bring out the grain and deliver a contemporary feel for the car. Each leather component is precision cut by laser, then hand-stitched using traditional upholstering techniques before seats and interior panels are personally signed by the craftsperson involved in their creation.

A Ghost EWB wood-set has at least 32 ft, of veneer, consisting of 18 wood parts and takes 16 days to complete. Each individual piece consists of 11 layers of veneer, one layer of foil and one of aluminum to provide strength and to prevent shattering in the event of an accident. Their natural beauty is brought to life by the skill of those working in the wood shop.

Each Ghost EWB can be further enhanced though the Bespoke program which allows a level of customization only limited by the customer’s imagination. Whether it is a personal exterior color, special monograms stitched into the headrests, a cigar humidor in the glovebox, or a chillbox in the rear seat center, the designers and artists at the Goodwood plant are ready to turn your ideas into reality.

Service of each Rolls-Royce motor car must live up to the same high standards that go into building it. Thirty-two U.S. dealers are ready to provide impeccable support for each commissioned vehicle and more new regions are planned for 2012.

Like ever Rolls-Royce, the Ghost EWB is covered by a 4-year warranty with 4 years of included maintenance.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com

Rolls-Royce Motor cars Press Club: www.press.rolls-roycemotorcars.com

Related Topics: BMW, ILCT, ILCT 2012, new vehicles, premium luxury sedans, Rolls-Royce

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