SPYSHOTS: Next Rolls-Royce Ghost spotted on test

The next-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost has been spotted running road trials, and here our spy photographers have also managed to capture images of its dashboard. The example here is currently clad in lots of camouflage, mostly showing a roofline that is very similar to that of the current Ghost.

Some updates are visible along the dashboard, including what appears to be digital instrumentation as well as revised HVAC switchgear. The new car is based upon the ‘Architecture of Luxury’, an all-aluminium spaceframe which underpins the eighth-generation Phantom and the Cullinan, as well as future models such as this Ghost, the next Wraith and Dawn, as well as future coachbuild projects.

As such, the forthcoming Ghost is expected to use a development of the 6.75 litre biturbo V12 engine which also powers the aforementioned Cullinan and Phantom, its application in the former meaning that all-wheel-drive is a possibility, at least as an option. Also likely to continue here from the current Ghost is satellite aided transmission, which draws from GPS data to predict the best possible gear selection.

Sources suggest that the six-and-three-quarters V12 could be joined by an all-electric version further down the line, while a plug-in hybrid variant could also be a possibility. For now, the new Rolls-Royce Ghost is expected to make its debut in 2021; plenty of time for the Goodwood-based outfit to effect further changes.

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