Rolls Royce is one of the most prestigious car manufacturers in the world, and has come to the minds of those who can lap up cars like this, budget no bar. Celebrities, industrialists and top business tycoons couldn’t possibly settle for anything less. In a Rolls Royce, you don’t hear anything. Not the engine and definitely not what’s happening outside. That’s how well insulted their cars are. Rolls Royce engines have a history that goes all the way back to the World War ll fighter planes that were powered by Rolls Royce Merlin engines.
The Rolls Royce Wraith looks spectacular in every sense of the word. It is bound to grab eye balls and have heads turn as it simply wafts by. Even in a place like Monaco, the Rolls Royce Wraith is bound to have cameras flashing at it. You can’t help but be left impressed with its sheer elegance, its girth and that badge. The Wraith is also among the most powerful Rolls Royce Cars ever made. Rolls Royce Cars don’t roll out new models too often and that makes them even more special. When the Rolls Royce Wraith was revealed for the first time in Geneva many years ago, prospective buyers were lured towards it. And what’s more, when the cars were delivered to their owners, it seemed to have been worth all the hooplah. It is based on the chassis of the Ghost, and this stunning two-door luxury coupe stays true to the brand’s image whilst driving ahead into the current generation. Up-ahead, it gets that massive chrome grille with the Spirit of Ecstasy sitting proudly atop. The stance of the Wraith can only be experienced from up-close, not in pictures. And this being a two-door model, there is a hint of sporting intent as well.
Luxury at its best
Inside the Wraith, the leathers you see belong to that of the Phantom; it gets the optional starlight headliner and veneer wood panels that use an open-grain canadel form very similar to that of luxury boats. The dashboard and controls are identical to that of the Ghost’s, and while the Wraith is a coupe, don’t mistake it for being compact. It is wide and long and the big doors give passengers easy access to the seats at the back. When seated, you are perhaps sitting in the most comfortable car in the world. It even features a modern audio system that is unmatched for sound quality.
Coming to the engine of this cruiser-bruiser. It is powered by a 6.6-litre bi-turbo V12, producing 624bhp and 800Nm of torque. Put your foot down, the car gathers itself and then quickly begins to pick up pace that is baffling for a car of its type. It can sprint from 0-100kph in 4.4 seconds, but you’d need a wide, long stretch of tarmac for that, given the car’s whopping proportions. The big steering wheel cannot go unnoticed, particularly as speeds rise. But most people who drive this car, are most likely to be unhurried.
The central console is neat and clear of clutter. The engine is mated to an 8-speed ZF transmission that feels slick and effortless, and instead of a pair of sporty paddle-shifters, the Wraith sports a Satellite-Aided transmission, which syncs the gearbox to the navigation systems. Gears are pre-selected based on the car’s real time and location. It works seamlessly and there’s a lot of power and traction for you to rely on. The Wraith also proves itself immensely capable on all manner of surfaces, thanks to the Ghost’s suspension setup. Also, there are various electronic gubbins that work simultaneously, adjusting stiffness and travel based on speed.