2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost boasts a 6.6-liter, twin-turbocharged
V-12 engine that produces 563 horsepower.
automobiles mean one thing: unrivaled luxury, and I discovered on a
recent test drive that the new Rolls-Royce Ghost is no different.
With a price
tag that could double the value of your home just by sitting in the
driveway, we thought it would be unfair (and just mean, really) to
compare it to almost any other car. So we chose the closest thing to
that let-me-grab-that-Grey-Poupon-for-you vibe: your own jetliner.
tables? Reclining rear seats? Each seat with its own controllable
environment? Check, check, check — and at just a fraction of the
$74 million cost of a jet. So if you’re in the market for either
one, or just like out-of-this-world window-shopping, check out the
comparisons between the two experiences.
IDENTITY: A nose cone is great for a Boeing 737’s aerodynamics,
but it hardly announces your highest-quality brand like a shimmery
flying lady. The Rolls-Royce hood ornament, known as the Spirit of
Ecstasy, has been a crucial element since 1911. But if you’re
flying by too quickly to show her off, your wheel hubs are anchored
by ball bearings to ensure that the Rolls-Royce logo is always
upright and ready to read. On a 737, the wheels retract after
takeoff, so why even bother with a decent set of rims?
A FAST WAY TO
GET IN TROUBLE: A Boeing 737-700 cruises at a little more than 600
mph. That’s a land speed most law-enforcement officials frown
upon. Better to opt for the slower, but still immensely powerful,
Ghost. Its 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 produces 563 horsepower
and effortlessly whisks you to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. You
can still end up in a comfortable cell; top speed is 155 mph.
BELIEVING: In order to take off in a 737, you must wait for
clearance from air traffic control. No such problem in the Ghost.
And when you pull out of your walled estate, the side-vision cameras
will reveal any oncoming traffic or loitering paparazzi. Looking
sideways in a 737 will only show you the tarmac.
STRATEGIES: Jetways are hidden from public view, so making a
memorable entrance is impossible. Thankfully, Rolls-Royce allows you
to make an entrance that’s every bit as grand as the car. The
Ghost’s doors are hinged at the rear and open a full 89 degrees,
making it easy to gracefully and glamorously step onto the red
SEAT OF POWER:
A Boeing 737’s first-class cabin can hold as many as 23 people.
That’s way too many — luxury is exclusive, not inclusive. That’s
why the Ghost comfortably holds only two in its rear cabin, with
seats that recline and tray tables that accommodate everything from
a laptop to the aforementioned Grey Poupon. The supportive seats are
covered in buttery soft leather. And they’re comfortable; they don’t
have to double as flotation devices.
AND COLD: Sure, you can turn on those little air vents in a jet, but
what good are those, really? And what if you want to warm your seat
on a 737? Your best bet is to pass gas. This will raise a stink,
both literally and figuratively. Better opt for the Ghost, which
allows each seat to be heated or cooled to the perfect temperature.
MORE THAN THE
VENEER OF CIVILITY: Is there is nothing more depressing than the
miserable, boring tray table of a 737? The elegant book-matched wood
veneer of the Ghost enriches the cabin and provides countless hours
of Rorschach testing.
6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-12