2019 Rolls-Royce Ghost vs. 2019 Lexus LS Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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Both the Ghost and LS 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 LS 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.

The Ghost has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The LS Series doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the Ghost helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then projects the image on the windshield, near the driver’s line of sight. The LS Series doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Ghost and the LS Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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, 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 LS Series’ 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. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the LS Series.

Engine

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The Ghost’s standard 6.6 turbo V12 produces 209 more horsepower (563 vs. 354) than the LS 500h’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid. The Ghost’s 6.6 turbo V12 produces 147 more horsepower (563 vs. 416) and 163 lbs.-ft. more torque (605 vs. 442) than the LS 500’s standard 3.4 turbo V6. The Ghost Black Badge’s standard 6.6 turbo V12 produces 187 more horsepower (603 vs. 416) and 178 lbs.-ft. more torque (620 vs. 442) than the LS 500’s standard 3.4 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Rolls-Royce Ghost (base engine) is faster than the LS 500:

 

Ghost

LS Series

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

5.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.8 sec

8.6 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

13.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112.9 MPH

103 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Ghost

LS Series

LS Series F-Sport

Front Rotors

16.1 inches

14 inches

15.7 inches

Rear Rotors

15.8 inches

13.1 inches

14.1 inches

The Ghost stops shorter than the LS Series:

 

Ghost

LS Series

 

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Ghost has larger standard tires than the LS Series (255/50R19 vs. 245/50R19). The Ghost’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the LS Series (F:255/40R21 & R:285/35R21 vs. F:245/45R20 & R:275/40R20).

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 LS Series F Sport’s 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the Ghost uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the LS Series, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Ghost offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Lexus doesn’t offer an active suspension on the LS Series.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghost’s wheelbase is 6.7 inches longer than on the LS Series (129.7 inches vs. 123 inches). The Ghost Extended Wheelbase’s wheelbase is 13.4 inches longer than on the LS Series (136.4 inches vs. 123 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ghost is 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the LS Series.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Ghost a Large car, while the LS Series is rated a Mid-size.

The Ghost has 11.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the LS Series (111 vs. 99.4).

The Ghost has 3.3 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom and 3.4 inches more rear legroom than the LS Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ghost has a larger trunk than the LS Series (17.3 vs. 17 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 LS Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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