Gentlemanly GT: Rolls-Royce Wraith


Power appears to be back at the forefront of the motoring world with several marques issuing their own personal bests, including Rolls-Royce with its highly anticipated Wraith. Revealed to the world at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, this is the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever built, with the power of 624 horses pouring forth from its twin-turbo 6.6 liter V12. Rolls-Royce calls the Wraith (a name we love, despite the irony of the car’s hefty kerb weight of 2,360kg) the “ultimate gentleman’s gran turismo” and it certainly sounds the part; it chews up the sprint to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

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If not for the always assertive line of Rolls-Royce design, we might even imagine this car politely asking other cars to move out of the way. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös goes even further: “Wraith is the car we believe our great founding forefather and adventurer the Honourable Charles Rolls would have chosen to drive were he alive today.” Top speed is electronically limited to 155mph though. What is really interesting here is Satellite Aided Transmission, which uses GPS data to predict the driver’s moves, pre-selecting gears before the driver needs them.

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Of course, this is Rolls-Royce not Lotus so the interior is fit for a tsar. It has a bespoke sound system and "Phantom-grade" leathers (which we interpret to mean the best-never-dreamed-of-by-lesser-marques grade) and, for the fist time ever outside the Phantom range, the starlight headliner. For backseat passengers, you can look up and drift off while imagining the night sky... Note that what Rolls-Royce calls coach doors are more commonly known as suicide doors. Basically, these open in the opposite to normal direction.

Enough words though. The world may have stood still but the Wraith certainly does not, as this video shows.

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