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Rolls Royce Brings the 624HP Wraith Coupe Out in the Open [Photos and Videos]


This is the all-new Wraith, Rolls Royce's luxurious interpretation of a performance coupe. Revealed just hours before it makes its first appearance in front of a crowd at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5, the Wraith is dubbed as the most powerful and fastest production car ever built by Rolls Royce.

What Rolls Royce considers performance and what the rest of the world considers performance, are two very different things, as proved by the Wraith's heavy underpinnings sourced from the Ghost limo and the fact that the British company highlights (pun intended) the car's Starlight Headliner featuring 1,340 fibre optic lamps that "give the impression of a glittering, starry night sky"…

Even so, the Wraith is no slouch, with its tuned 6.6-liter twin-turbo'd V12 engine delivering 624hp (633PS) and a peak torque of 800Nm (590 lb-ft) for a 0-60mph sprint in 4.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds), compared with 563hp and 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds for the Ghost sedan. Rolls-Royce did not disclose the Wraith's top speed. The V12 engine is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission from ZF driving the rear wheels.

Rolls Royce says it has re-tuned the suspension to "minimize body roll and discreetly amplify feedback when cornering; while steering weight is heavier at high speeds and lighter at low speeds adding to the spirited drive".

The fastback-style coupe is 5,269 mm / 17 ft.3 long, 1,947 mm / 6 ft 5 wide and 1,507 mm / 4 ft 11, while it rides on a 3,112 mm / 10 ft 2 wheelbase, making it 130mm (5.1 inches) shorter in overall length than the Ghost sedan. The Wraith has a curb weight of 2,360 kg / 5,203 pounds.

Inside, you will find a familiar dashboard from the Ghost, the aforementioned "Starlight Headliner" and more wood veneer than a Victorian house.

A new tech feature that makes its debut in the Wraith is the Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT) that relies on GPS data and driving style to select the most appropriate gear for the terrain ahead.

Rolls-Royce said sales of the four-seater model will begin in the final quarter of 2013, with European pricing to start from around €245,000 (US$320,000) – evidently, pricing will differ from country to country.


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16 Comments:

BLKITALIAN1 said... »March 04, 2013

I dont get this car, the rear end is way overstyled and kinda ruins the car as does that color scheme when you look at in pics, but than you see it in the video and its gorgeous lol when everything stopped and they did the 360 of it it was beautiful

mccarluvr123 said... »March 04, 2013

It's okay but I have a few issues with it.
1. They should differentiate it from the Ghost. If their mission was to build a coupe version of the Ghost, why not call it the Ghost Coupe (i.e. Phantom Coupe)? They could have made it more dramatic than just a Ghost coupe with a two fewer doors and a fastback.
2. I get that this car is about luxury bur do they really need to go and chop down an entire forest just for the interior of one car?! I don't even think the tacky herringbone design looks that good.
Anyway, that's just my opinion. If I had the money, I would much rather spend it on something else.

sam said... »March 04, 2013

I love everything except the lights on the cieling. Such a beautiful vehicle.

Billy said... »March 04, 2013

Rather have a Rambler inspired Shadow.


This is the antonym of understated.

Round-n-Round said... »March 04, 2013

Missed the mark and I'd rather have a Confederate Wraith motorcycle than this Wraith. Too many horrid bits-n-baubles Looks like Bentley has grabbed the brass ring...Rolls Royce is still on the merry-go-round.

Andrew said... »March 04, 2013

Wow...no thanks. Bentley better bring it with the next Continental coupe because this here is a disaster.

lacutis2012 lacutis said... »March 04, 2013

The side profile evokes a very timeless design....this will look beautiful 25 years from now when look at this in a magazine.... RR is one of the most prestigious names in the car industry...

Larryt Peters said... »March 05, 2013

"Batman, Batman"! First impression Pretty neat- POW, BLAM!
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quentiny said... »March 05, 2013

This would be an awesome Bond's car!

John said... »March 05, 2013

Wraith means ghost but just in a Scottish dialect ;)

Trey Reid said... »March 05, 2013

Damnnnn this car is just perfect in every shape and form. From the styling to the power to the acres of wood to the starlight roof. I'm pretty sure RR has a drophead version in the works too.

M.M said... »March 05, 2013

the rear is just awful

Sabelo Mzuku said... »March 05, 2013

who the f**** hates this car?? Magnificent.

Vassilis said... »March 05, 2013

This is just beautiful! A true awe-inspiring car.

VolvoMan said... »March 05, 2013

Excellent points all around. I think the idea of going for something else if able to affort such an exotic is what the Rolls-Royce Wraith is about. A choice and one that few will make. Many, though will add this to their fleet consisting of a Ghost Saloon, RR Phantom or two and so on. Thankfully, there is Bentley and other ultra luxury makes and models to choose from. As for a "Ghost Coupe" -- I think it would look bland if too much carry over from the sedan and with such a striking difference in profile and character in what was developed, an entirely new beast was born. I do not disagree with you, though! Rather, a different interpretation :)

Bruno Silva said... »March 05, 2013

I'm disapointed. Wheels look small. Back pillar is just wrong. They should have stretched the chrome (or the glass) further back to make it look more elegant. The front end is just more of the same. So is the back end for that matter. They should have gained a pair and just take their chance with the design of this car. They didn't and that's unfortunate because I was thinking about buying three of them. :)

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