Now as a car writer, there are few car automakers that make you billow with passion. One such automaker is the Rolls Royce, what can I say, a car that is ridden by past/present aristocrats, celebrities and politicians, is rich with material. Rolls Royce has to be the epitome of luxury in the automotive industry, so the Wraith has to be the most luxurious coupe out there, though it does face competition from its own stable mate the Drophead coupe. Another challenger the Wraith has to face is the $ 100,000 cheaper Bentley Continental GT.
What’s in a Name?
Wraith is Scottish for Ghost or Spirit, again it’s a bit creepy how Rolls Royce name their cars.
The first Wraith was built back in 1938 to 1939 as a running chassis and was supplied to independent coachbuilders.
The current model of the Wraith is a much fuller package than its predecessor. This four seat, two door coupe was first announced back in January 2013, it was then later unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The Wraith comes in two trims:
- Black Badge
It’s important to note that the Black Badge trim was launched at this year’s (2016) Geneva Motor Show. According to the Rolls Royce CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos during the Geneva Motor Show the Black Badge is “the alter ego of Rolls Royce; darker, more assertive more confident and powerful, and more demanding.” The badge will be used for bespoke series of each model in the years to come. Most notably, the Black Badge features a dark vamp instead of the “Spirit of Esctasy” ornament.
Powering the Wraith is a single 6.6L twin-turbo V12 engine, which manages to give out 624 hp and 800 Nm of torque. With this much power under its belly the Wraith is able to go 0-60 mph in a paltry 4.4 seconds. For transmission the Wraith is supported by a ZF 8-speed auto.
A beautiful plush interior greets you when you enter the Wraith. It’s really an amazing work of art, the best wood veneer meets exquisite leather upholstery. Wraith had to strike a balance between tech indulgence and a royal feeling cabin, which I can say they managed to pull off surprisingly well.
What really stands out for me on the Wraith has to be the paint job. I like the glossy nature of the paint used and how they have contrasting colours. The top of the cabin stretched to the rear and bonnet features a single colour, while the sides of the Rolls Royce feature another colour that encapsulates the headlights and taillights with their respective fenders. The front fascia of the Rolls Royce is quite ethereal, with some beautifully shaped LED headlights.
This is the most powerful Rolls Royce, in terms of its engine power. Critics have showered praises on its sporty nature and exquisite styling. I ask a simple question, when have Rolls Royce ever made a bad car? Probably, never, coveted and revered by the auto world, the “Spirit of Ecstasy” ornament wherever it rises is sure to cause a spectacle. I’ll go as far as to say that this is the most luxurious coupe money can buy.
If you are thinking of buying the Wraith you’ll need to budget from $ 304,350.
Is this the best luxury coupe out there, or does the Bentley Continental GT have something other than affordability to offer us? Have your say, leave a comment.
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