Few people who read this article will actually be able to afford the car we are writing about, but still, it’s fun to dream sometimes.

At over $250,000 in cost, the Rolls Royce Ghost is not for everyone.  We are obviously talking about the upper-tier of society when we are talking about owning one of these legends.  Still, it is fun to dream, is it not?

Doe a Rolls Royce have competition?  Most definitely in terms of the ride and interior comforts, and that competition would come from the 2012 Audi A*L, 2012 Jaguar XJL Supersport, and the 2012 Mercedes-Benz S550.  All can match the Ghost in my categories.  Still, we are talking about a Rolls-Royce, and there ain’t many cars like them.

The Ghost is the baby of the Rolls-Royce lineup, with its older brother the Phantom being the crème de la crème.  However, there is nothing shabby about the Ghost.  This is one large luxury sedan, weighing about the same as a Chevy Tahoe.  It is powered by a twin-turbo V12 that gives you 563 horsepower, and it can go from 0-60 in less than five seconds.  Yes, you read that correctly…in less than five seconds.

The powerful V12 is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and it is EPA rated at 13/20, surprisingly good for an engine that large.

Standard features include 19-inch wheels, air suspension, sunroof, keyless entry, aut-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, automatic xenon headlight, cruise control, and a sixteen-speaker audio system with satellite radio and digital music storage.

We could list options but let us summarize by saying the options really know no limits; if you can afford it then it can be added to the Ghost.

What should we say about this expensive luxury sedan?  It rides beautifully.  It uses the same base as the BMW 7 Series, and as such it has a German feel to its handling.  It is equally good in mountains and on straight freeways, and the feeling of luxury never leaves you when you drive one.

Should we even discuss the cost of replacement costs?  Well, the old saying if you have to ask the price you can’t afford it probably applies here.  Yes, replacement parts are expensive for the Ghost.  If you should be lucky enough to pick up a Ghost as a used car, then you might want to save yourself some money and pick up your used parts at a salvage yard.  Lord knows you have already paid enough for the car; might as well save on the parts at your local salvage yard.