What to buy and what to avoid when it comes to Rolls Royce next year
The iconic British carmaker is going through a great moment under the BMW Group’s reign. The position of a subsidiary of a prolific company has given them access to technology, know-how and platforms that enable them to expand their range as soon as they consider it necessary. For example, thanks to BMW Rolls-Royce has been able to answer the call for an ultra-luxury SUV – the new Cullinan SUV has helped the brand achieve the best sales record in its history, but the consequences are yet to be considered.
The Rolls-Royce division sold 4,107 models around the world in 2018, a 22.2 percent increase compared to 2017. Peter Schwarzenbauer, the BMW AG board member responsible for Mini, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, said that all separate markets had showed growth during the considered period. The Rolls-Royce’s total US sales are higher than 1,373 units which the company reported in 2017. That means that the US market still accounts for around 30 percent of the Rolls-Royce’s totals, making it the most important single market for the British brand.
2020 will bring us a number of redesigned Rolls Royce models like the new Ghost. A closer look at the Rolls Royce range for 2020 represents the ultimate selection of luxury cars.
The most unconventional addition to the Rolls-Royce lineup has received awards reserved for the most luxurious SUV on the market. For some $325,000 you get pretty much anything you wanted from a large luxury vehicle.
The base models offer around 21 different interior colors (all leather) and 8 different wood trims. The exterior can be treated to 32 color choices and 5 different wheel designs. There’s only one engine under the Rolls-Royce Cullinan’s hood. A 6.75L twin-turbo V12 cranks up as much as 563 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of twist, but it’s the powertrain’s silent demeanor that impresses the most – not its output.
Paired to the 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox which routes all that power to all four corners, the Cullinan manages to hit 60 mph from a standing start in just 4.8 seconds on the way to its electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
The Rolls-Royce’s 4-door sedan is celebrating a decade of ultimate luxury. For that reason, the 2020 Ghost will be fully redesigned and built.
Previously built on the BMW 7 Series platform, the next generation Ghost is set to ride on Rolls-Royce’s in-house base called the “Architecture of Luxury”, which may help it develop a new identity. The new model will still be a large 4-door sedan and will keep its original boxy shape, however, the next-gen Ghost will offer a completely renovated interior featuring the company’s new infotainment system as its core. As before, the entry-level Rolls-Royce will offer only one powertrain option: a twin-turbo V12 most likely mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, but 6.6L in displacement this time.
The final power product hasn’t been revealed but bets are high on 563 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of rotational force. At a later stage, the company will also unveil the sporty Black Badge which already makes 603hp and 620 lb-ft of torque. This version is expected to produce at least around 50 horsepower more than the conventional Ghost. Prices will start from around $315,000.
For almost a century, the Phantom has been on top of the Rolls-Royce range and is one of the most respected and desired nameplates in the auto industry. The ultra-luxury full-size sedan was recently fully redesigned after its predecessor ran unchanged for nearly fifteen years. The eighth generation of the Phantom represents the peak of Rolls-Royce evolution and an incomparable status symbol in the automotive world.
The new Phantom is not only more luxurious and refined than their previous models but much more advanced in every imaginable way. It also offers a smoother ride. As it happens with the entire Rolls Royce lineup, there’s only one engine available with the Phantom: the company’s 6.75L twin-turbocharged V12 that cranks up 563 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of twist in this instance.
An 8-speed automatic transmission and a rear-wheel drive setup means that the regular Phantom accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Fuel economy is clocked at 12mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway but that’s not really important if you’re driving a Rolls-Royce. Prices start from $450,000.
The Wraith is the closest to the entry-level a Rolls-Royce car can get. Unlike the Ghost, that is undergoing an extensive transformation and receiving a whole new groundwork, the 2-door coupe still embraces the BMW roots. But the next year won’t bring a lot of significant changes to the model.
Compared to the Ghost, the Rolls-Royce Wraith is a much sportier version and it’s not just a few extra horsepower that make us say that. It loses more than 7 inches in wheelbase and some weight in the process, and then there’s a specially-tuned suspension. The BMW’s N74B66 powerplant serves as the only motivational factor behind the Wraith coupe. A 6.6L twin-turbo V12 develops 624 ponies and 590 pound-feet of torque in its regular form, while the performance-oriented Black Badge raises the total torque output to 642 lb-ft.
Every Wraith sports a rear-wheeled drive setup with an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission included. A powertrain upgrade seems to be imminent, but there are no plans for it so far. For now, the beautiful coupe keeps basically unchanged.