2019 Rolls-Royce Ghost vs. 2019 Audi A8

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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The Ghost’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The A8 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Ghost has standard Rolls Royce Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The A8 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Ghost and the A8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, night vision systems, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

The Rolls-Royce Ghost weighs 617 to 914 pounds more than the Audi A8. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The Ghost comes with a full 4-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The A8’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.

Rolls-Royce pays for scheduled maintenance on the Ghost for 4 years and unlimited miles. Rolls-Royce will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A8.

Engine

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The Ghost’s standard 6.6 turbo V12 produces 228 more horsepower (563 vs. 335) and 236 lbs.-ft. more torque (605 vs. 369) than the A8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The Ghost Black Badge’s standard 6.6 turbo V12 produces 268 more horsepower (603 vs. 335) and 251 lbs.-ft. more torque (620 vs. 369) than the A8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Ghost’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A8:

 

Ghost

A8

Front Rotors

16.1 inches

14.8 inches

Rear Rotors

15.8 inches

13.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

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The Ghost’s 255/40R21 front and 285/35R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A8’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghost has standard 21-inch wheels. The A8’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Ghost can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The A8 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Ghost has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The A8 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghost’s wheelbase is 6.6 inches longer than on the A8 (129.7 inches vs. 123.1 inches). The Ghost Extended Wheelbase’s wheelbase is 13.3 inches longer than on the A8 (136.4 inches vs. 123.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ghost is 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the A8.

Passenger Space

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The Ghost has 2.3 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room and .5 inches more rear headroom than the A8.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ghost has a much larger trunk than the A8 (17.3 vs. 12.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Ghost to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The A8 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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