2019 Rolls-Royce Ghost vs. 2019 BMW 7 Series

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Rolls-Royce Ghost have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW 7 Series doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the Ghost and 7 Series have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Ghost has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The 7 Series’ child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

Both the Ghost and the 7 Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available collision warning systems, night vision systems, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

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 7 Series’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.

Rolls-Royce pays for scheduled maintenance on the Ghost for 1 year and -36,000 miles longer than BMW pays for maintenance for the 7 Series (4/unlimited vs. 3/36,000).

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Ghost has a 210-amp alternator. The 7 Series’ standard 180-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the Ghost is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Ghost’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The 7 Series’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The Ghost has more powerful engines than the 7 Series:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Ghost 6.6 turbo V12

563 HP

605 lbs.-ft.

Ghost Black Badge 6.6 turbo V12

603 HP

620 lbs.-ft.

740i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

320 HP

330 lbs.-ft.

740e 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

322 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

750i 4.4 turbo V8

443 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

Alpina B7 4.4 turbo V8

600 HP

590 lbs.-ft.

M760i 6.6 turbo V12

601 HP

590 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Rolls-Royce Ghost (base engine) is faster than the 740e:

 

Ghost

7 Series

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

5.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.8 sec

8.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.1 sec

12.9 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.1 sec

2.7 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112.9 MPH

102.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Ghost has 9.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the 7 Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (21.8 vs. 12.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Ghost has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the 7 Series’ standard fuel tank (21.8 vs. 20.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Ghost’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 7 Series:

 

Ghost

740i/740e

750i

Front Rotors

16.1 inches

13.7 inches

15.5 inches

Rear Rotors

15.8 inches

13.6 inches

14.5 inches

The Ghost stops much shorter than the 7 Series:

 

Ghost

7 Series

 

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Ghost has larger standard tires than the 7 Series (255/50R19 vs. 245/50R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghost has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 7 Series.

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. Run-flat tires aren’t available on some tire packages on the 7 Series.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghost Extended Wheelbase’s wheelbase is 10 inches longer than on the 7 Series (136.4 inches vs. 126.4 inches).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Ghost is quieter than the 750i xDrive (65 vs. 68 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Ghost Extended Wheelbase has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 7 Series (117 vs. 114).

The Ghost has .7 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room and .1 inches more rear headroom than the 7 Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ghost has a much larger trunk than the 7 Series (17.3 vs. 14 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 7 Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Ghost has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 7 Series doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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