The most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce ever produced, according to the taglines. And the hardware sounds really promising: a 6.6-litre, twin-turbo V12 that belts out 624bhp and 590lb ft of torque. That gives this massive fastback serious pace, that’s 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds and a limited 155mph. That’s pretty dam rapid for a 2,365kg leather and walnut living room on wheels.
The other big addition is obviously the two door shape. Yes we know that Rolls makes the Phantom Coupe, but that’s more of a tidier Phantom saloon – the Wraith on the other hand is a full-on fastback, meaning super-raked C-pillar and a well booted rear end that looks like it might contain an enormous hatchback. It’s remarkable to see on the road, though a tad bit different for onlookers.
Rolls-Royce has determined that this is the quickest and most powerful car ever, when you first get into it, it feels a bit like a Ghost – Scary, silent, easy.
But once you get going, the Wraith really is different. It never really shrinks-to-fit, because it’s always just massive, but it certainly motivates itself with the kind of speed that makes covering long distances a breeze. The BMW-derived V12 isn’t exactly vocal, but it still growls in all the right places, aided by a satellite-aided 8-speed ZF auto ‘box that means it never changes up (or down) at an inopportune moment.
The steering is accurate but slightly distant, the rear-wheel drive chassis nicely balanced on air suspension, but never going to worry a razorblade for sharpness. It might not even worry a Spork. But the Wraith transcends normal considerations such as ride and handling – it’s a majestic, wondrous thing to drive, and utterly unique.
One of the Wraith’s strangest points: book-matched, gorgeous wood, leather softer than butter, and all the good technology nicked from top-end BMWs. That tech is well disguised as well, hidden beneath a classy veneer of Rolls- Royce fonts and glassware, plastics and lacquer. If it had a toilet, you’d want to live in it. All in all, top notch comfort which will surely make your butt feel at peace.
Around 85 per cent of Wraiths will be sold through RR’s bespoke department, so if you’re ordering one, you probably aren’t all that bothered about the next bloke and your residuals. But the first year is sold out, so you can still expect the Wraith to be a pretty solid bet. Unless it’s been ordered in yellow with a green interior, that is.
It’s a yet another Rolls Royce with a beautiful engine, lavish interiors and a size so huge, that would make saloons look tiny. It looks great, feels perfect and is surely one Rolls Royce worth owning.