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JUL-AUG 2012

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occupants to submerge feet, while opening the boot effortlessly with remote opener reveals further lambs wool lining to cosset luxury bespoke luggage. Performance features ensure that the driving experience mirrors the bespoke accoutrements. Double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension work with an intelligent, four-cornered, air-suspension system and electronic variable damping to deliver the refinement that has been associated with Rolls-Royce for more than 100 years. With a 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 engine, Ghost is the most powerful car that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has ever produced. Featuring direct injection, it produces 563bhp – enough to propel Ghost from zero to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and on to an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph. With 780 Nm of torque available at just 1,500 rpm, delivery of power is immediate and extremely smooth. Power is transmitted through an eight- speed, shift-by-wire, automatic ZF gearbox. The control centre display is concealed behind a veneered panel until its services are called upon. All features such as satellite navigation, telephone, communication and entertainment functions are displayed here and managed via a central rotary controller, flanked by quick-access buttons on the front center console. Passing through 60 pairs of hands, the production process involves more than 2,000 individual operations and takes at least 20 days to complete. "Ghost Six Senses redefines a simple truth," added Müller-Ötvös. "A Rolls- Royce is always so much more than the sum of its beautiful parts." sl 53

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