MUNICH -- Rolls-Royce has released pictures and more details of the Ghost, which will be the brand's smallest model when it goes on sale after its debut at the upcoming Frankfurt auto show.
With prices expected to be between 200,000 euros and 250,000 euros before taxes, the Ghost is intended to be a more affordable car from the BMW-owned super-luxury brandr.
Rolls-Royce says the Ghost will be the most powerful car the company has ever produced with a new 563hp, 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine that the carmaker says is unique to the model. The engine is combined with an eight-speed transmission supplied by ZF Friedrichshafen.
The Ghost is expected to double the brand's annual sales with more than 1,000 Ghosts due to be built a year. About 80 per cent of the sedan's buyers are likely to be new to the brand.
Rolls-Royce said it found inspiration in contemporary furniture, architecture and yachts and the spirit of the 1930s to give the car a modern look that also remained true to the brand's ultraluxury heritage.
The production Ghost, which takes 20 days to build, is similar to the 200EX concept which Rolls-Royce unveiled at the Geneva auto show in March.
The car is 400mm shorter than the Phantom, but Rolls-Royce says its interior space is comparable with the larger car because the Ghost is built around a steel monocoque body, which allows a reduction in exterior dimensions while preserving interior space.
The Ghost has CO2 emissions of 317g/km. It uses 13.6 liters of fuel per 100km (24 mpg US, 20.8 mpg imperial)
From the end of 2009, Rolls-Royce will have five models: the Ghost, Phantom, Phantom Extended Wheelbase, Phantom Drophead Coupe and Phantom Coupe.