Best Auto Cars: Rolls-Royce Wraith


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Rolls-Royce Wraith
by Britta Beduhn-Haverkamp

Rolls-Royce Wraith was introduced to the world in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show and the world stood still: Wraith set a standard as the strongest Rolls-Royce ever with 624 bhp / PS. Based on the Rolls-Royce Ghost, the traditional pantheon grille design has further evolved with Wraith. The cue here is that of a more functionally derived air intake, not unlike that of a jet turbine, giving greater expression to the car’s dynamic promise. The grille itself is recessed by 45mm compared with Rolls-Royce Ghost. nWraith debuts the most intelligent drive train ever to feature in a Rolls-Royce, including the application of ground-breaking technologies like Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT). This processes GPS data to predict the driver’s next move and automatically select the right gear for the road ahead. Unnecessary gear changes are thus avoided, augmenting the famous Rolls-Royce trait of waftability and ensuring Wraith is constantly poised to deliver on its dynamic promise. Following a sweeping bend, for example, the optimum gear is always pre-selected for effortless acceleration – very much Rolls-Royce indeed.

Wraith’s coach doors open to present an inviting, harmonious interior space – one with every possible comfort, delivered in a thoroughly modern way. The eye is immediately drawn to the contemporary panelling that elegantly adorns the inside of the doors and sweeps round the entire lower space. Finished in either wood or leather, the effect draws the eye quickly around the cabin, similar in dynamic effect to the clean fastback style of the exterior.  Detailed with a delicate subtlety, the interior complements Wraith’s dramatic exterior aesthetic. Four individual seats cosset driver and occupants ensuring the most involving Rolls-Royce driving experience ever, whilst never compromising on pinnacle standards of comfort and contemporary elegance. For Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO, "Wraith is the ultimate gentleman's gran turismo."

The origins of fastback design lie in the streamlined design era of the 1930s. Developing from the masculine frontal architecture, the linear formality of the waist line gently dips to the rear providing a sense of stability and effortless poise. This combines with the expressive gesture of the window graphic that sweeps downwards to the coach door swage line and gives expression to that essential Rolls-Royce trait of waftability. Frameless coach doors and the absence of a b-pillar further augment elegance and drama. Perfectly sized to complement long front wings, these are the epitome of effortless entry and egress, but also impart a sense of theatre and occasion that are so important to Rolls-Royce customers. Doors open to reveal an exquisite interior and are closed from inside at the touch of a button. With all four windows down, the side opening adds length and a sense of waftable debonair to Wraith’s character. The elegant chrome side finisher frames this graphic beautifully and pulls the eye seamlessly down onto the rear wheel. For further open view touring enjoyment, a fixed glass roof can also be specified, complete with leather sun blind.

Engine: V12
Horsepower: from 624 bhp / PS
Top Speed: from 155 mph (250 km/h) 
Peak torque: from 800 Nm (588 lb ft)
Acceleration: from 0-60 mph in 4.4 sec (0-100 km/h in 4.4) 

Retail Price: starting at 235,000 pounds (290,000 euros or 320,000 dollars MRSP)

Competing Models: "Competing Segment" on right side of "Best Autos & Cars in the World" page

More information on: www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com

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