This explains the wave of more modern takes on the rather creepy but ever-present vehicle: Tesla hearses or even luxury models. The Ghoster falls in the latter category: a hearse that brings an aura of prestige to the somber occasion but also allows for some not-so-subtle showing off. Everyone grieves differently, remember?
The Ghoster is based on a new Rolls-Royce Ghost, hence the unsurprising but occasion-appropriate choice of a name. It's the creation of Italian specialist Biemme Special Cars, and it's described as the ultimate sophisticated way to go.
Morbid functionality aside, it presents as a sleek, quite flawless custom vehicle, with beautiful lines and a paintjob that brings the eye to the one thing you couldn't possibly overlook: that bulbous extension over the coffin compartment.
Finishes are typical Rolls-Royce fare: wood and leather, starry headliner, and customizable LED lighting.
You also get a minibar and foldable tables inside the passenger compartment, and "acoustic comfort" courtesy of 100 kg (221 lbs) of sound-absorbing material that Rolls-Royce put in the doors, the roof, the wheel arches, the double glazing. That's relevant because you also get an audio system with eighteen speakers and 1,300 W of power, Biemme points out. The joke writes itself here, but it's in bad taste.
The coffin compartment is separated from the passenger compartment with a shatterproof partition wall and consists of an automatic platform that comes with separate controls. You have customizable LED lights here as well, and privacy curtains as an option.
Biemme notes that The Ghoster is pending approval from the country's Ministry of Transport.
The modifications to the original Ghost are aesthetic only, so power still comes from the V12 engine developing 570 hp, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This shouldn't make a difference for whoever buys The Ghoster for the purpose it was designed for, so we reckon the reason Beimme is mentioning it in the first place has to do with the vehicle's ability to handle the extra weight.
What Beimme doesn't mention is price. The Ghost starts at $335,000, and buzz online claims The Ghoster could fetch at least twice that. This hearse isn't just a memorable, super-stylish, fancy, and possibly loud last ride but also a very expensive one.