Rolls-Royce Wraith

 rolls-royce wraith

WRAITH COUPE - 2dr Auto



BEST PRICE

£249,240 

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The Rolls-Royce Wraith is a luxury coupe like no other. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
WRAITH COUPE
2dr Auto
PETROL
£249,240.00
WRAITH COUPE
Black Badge 2dr Auto
PETROL
£286,410.00

Ten Second Review

Billed as 'the ultimate gentleman's gran turismo', the Rolls-Royce Wraith is a 624bhp coupe with no shortage of presence inside or out. If you have ever been concerned about BMW's stewardship of Rolls-Royce and the direction of future products, rest easy. This one is a knockout.

Background

Wraiths form an indelible part of Rolls-Royce history. The last Wraith, the 1938 25/30, would have cost its then owner a princely £1,700. Then there was the Silver Wraith, built between 1946 and 1959, the last Rolls-Royce model to be delivered in "chassis only" form, dependent upon bespoke coachwork designed and made by a specialist coachbuilders. You might well recall its successor, the 1977 Silver Wraith II, the imposing long-wheelbase version of the Silver Shadow II. These were all very different cars but they shared one thing in common. They were never limelight cars, instead performing a more discreet supporting role to other more extrovert models in the Rolls-Royce range. That's certainly not the case with the latest Wraith. It's the smallest car the company makes but it's also the most powerful. This Wraith is a continent-crushing gentleman's gran turismo, the like of which Rolls Royce has never had on its books before. Were he alive, this is the car Charles Rolls would choose to drive, or at least so the current proprietors claim. In naming the car, Rolls-Royce hint at something of the noire about this model, something a little more menacing than the stately Phantom and Ghost models.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
327
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
CC
6592
Cylinders
12
Cylinder Layout
V12
Number of Valves
48
Fuel Delivery
DIRECT INJECTION
Engine Layout
NORTH SOUTH
Transmission
AUTO
Gears
8 SPEED
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
13.3
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
28.8
EC Combined (mpg)
20.2
EC Combined (mpg)
19.8
General
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Badge Power
624
Badge Engine CC
6.6
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Safety Concerns?
False
Performance
Engine Torque - MKG
82
Engine Torque - MKG
84
0 to 62 mph (secs)
4.4
0 to 62 mph (secs)
4.6
Top Speed
155
Engine Power - BHP
624
Engine Power - PS
False
0 to 60 mph (secs)
True
Engine Power - KW
465
Engine Power - RPM
5600
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
590
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
605
Engine Torque - NM
800
Engine Torque - NM
820
Engine Torque - RPM
1500
Tyres
Tyre Size Rear
285/40 R20
Tyre Size Spare
RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Type
20" ALLOY
Tyre Size Front
255/45 R20
Wheel Style
7 SPOKE
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Vehicle Dimensions
Width (including mirrors)
2604
Height
1507
Length
5269
Length
5285
Width
1947
Wheelbase
3112
Weight and Capacities
Minimum Kerbweight
2360
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
83
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
82
Gross Vehicle Weight
2810
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
470
No. of Seats
4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
12.7
Max. Loading Weight
450
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Driving Experience

Think of this car as a Ghost coupe and you're not too far from the mark. It uses much the same BMW-sourced turbocharged V12 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic ZF transmission. Deploy the full 624bhp and 62mph is delivered in 4.4 seconds, accompanied by some rather unlikely sound effects of exhaust crackle and some surprising vocality from those 12 cylinders. From 1,500 rpm, 800Nm of torque is available, while a wide rear track, shorter wheelbase and lower roof height further contribute to a more focused drive than any Rolls-Royce to date. The suspension has been tweaked to minimise body roll and boost feedback when cornering. That said, the Wraith has its own gait at which it's comfortable. Hustle it as you would a lighter car and the 2.3-tonne weight will make itself apparent. The debut of Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT) technology uses GPS data to see beyond what the driver sees; it anticipates his next move based on location and current driving style, then selects the most appropriate gear for the terrain ahead. Corners, motorway junctions and roundabouts are all anticipated in advance. Spooky. Wraith-like in fact. Dial back the speed and the Wraith is utterly composed, with just the occasional soft thud from the suspension as the car mops up badly surfaced tarmac.

Design and Build

No doubt Rolls-Royce will wince every time they hear this, but beneath the Wraith's slinky body is a modified version of the BMW 7 Series chassis. Not that you'd ever guess the fact. Open the vault-like rear-hinged doors and drop inside and it'll take a very sharp eye to realise the commonality in some of the control functions. Rolls-Royce has done an excellent job in modifying virtually everything that can be touched and seen, with crystal glass switches and the most beautifully finished book-matched veneers. The dashboard features acres of Canadel Panelling, piano black trims and translucent cream finishes, while the seats are trimmed in buttery smooth Phantom-grade leathers. The interior ambiance is complemented by a 'Starlight Headliner', a feature available beyond Phantom family cars for the first time. No fewer than 1,340 fibre optic lamps are hand-woven into the roof lining to give the impression of a glittering, starry night sky. The pair of rear seats are far from the short straw, with plenty of legroom, although there's clearly less headroom back there than you'd get in a Ghost. The driving position is hard to fault, other than the fact that visibility isn't great. The 470-litre boot is fairly narrow, but it's a good deal bigger than the Bentley Continental GT's. The exterior styling is the work of Serbian designer Pavle Trpinac and the bob-tailed rear, deeply recessed grille and turret-like glasshouse are design flamboyances that a more confident Rolls-Royce is now comfortable to express. It's a challenging and intriguing piece of design. Some angles work better than others but it certainly doesn't want for presence, especially when finished in a two-tone colour scheme.
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