Rolls-Royce recently updated its flagship Phantom sedan, and now it’s looking to do the same with the smaller Ghost. According to a report from Autocar, Rolls-Royce plans to garner more attention for the Ghost by releasing at least three variants, including a coupe with a boosted power rating of over 600 hp.
Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös spoke with Autocar and said the Ghost model range could use “one or two more” offshoots, but didn’t state any specifics. An obvious goal for the new variants is to increase the brand’s overall sales, which totaled 3538 units last year, a 31-percent jump over 2010 figures. Rolls hopes to get closer to 4000 by the end of 2013. The automaker is still banking on strong sales in China, although it’s fully aware and cautious of the declining market for supercars and premium luxury cars.
Still, Rolls-Royce plans to unveil a high-performance, two-door version of the Ghost at next year’s Geneva Motor Show. Autocar reports that the Ghost coupe will have around 600 hp and will ride on shorter wheelbase and lowered suspension. In its present form, the Ghost churns out 563 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque from a 6.6-liter V-12 engine.
An obvious competitor would be the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed, which was unveiled a few months ago at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The fast Conti coupe is powered by a 6.0-liter W-12 engine rated at 616 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque; power is sent to all wheels via an eight speed auto. If that weren’t enough, the Continental GT Speed’s claimed top speed is 205 mph, making it one of the fastest and most luxurious four-seaters (lots of) money can buy.