The first thing the Rolls-Royce representative explained to us as we got ready for a drive in the all-new Rolls-Royce Ghost was how to get into and out of the car. We've put our butts in the seats of many cars before, but the Ghost, despite its more modest dimensions when compared to the Phantom, still requires a certain decorum.
To get into the Ghost, we were advised to face outwards and sit down, then swing both legs into the footwell. Reverse the process for exit. This technique allows ladies to keep their knees together. Try it in a normal car and you will bang your head and scrape your knees on the door sill. But the Ghost, with its carriage-style doors (called suicide doors in some circles), accommodates this maneuver easily.
Rolls-Royce built the Ghost, which is about a foot and a half shorter than the Phantom, to be less imposing than its older stable mate. While the Phantom is a car you might reserve for special occasions, we were told that the Ghost is supposed to be an everyday driver, as long as $240,000 is in your practical car buying budget.
As such, the big chrome grille is inset into the front of the car, topped by the graceful curve of the hood, rather than the imposing structure on the Phantom. The sides show simplicity, with a single belt line stretching back to the taillights. And with the roof almost a foot and a half lower than the Phantom's, the Ghost cuts a more modest silhouette.
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