Rolls-Royce CEO Confirms Convertible Wraith, Dismisses SUV Rumors

Rolls-Royce will make a convertible version of the Wraith coupe, CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos acknowledged during the UK launch of the Wraith. “The design certainly lends itself to a drophead coupe, and I think that will be the next variant,” Muller-Otvos told Auto Express magazine. However, don’t expect to see the convertible Wraith on the roads very soon, as producing another variant could take at least two years, according to RR’s boss.

He added that Rolls-Royce is not planning to develop an SUV, despite recent rumors. “We have no plans to produce an SUV, definitely not, the next thing is drophead Wraith but Bespoke orders are the priority,” Muller-Otvos said.

Speaking of the Phantom, the CEO said Rolls-Royce is considering a replacement for the 10-year-old model, but the launch date will be more than three years from now. Muller-Otvos reaffirmed the brand’s commitment to Goodwood, where Rolls-Royce models will always be built, and estimated that the Wraith will bring the plant’s annual output to around 4,700 from the current 3,000 units.

The executive hinted at a possible plug-in hybrid powertrain for the next-generation Phantom. “Plug-in is definitely the direction to go in, that way you have range for commuting but also the ability to pass legal requirements that could force us in to driving as electric only in city centres,” he said.

By Dan Mihalascu



2019 Toyota Yaris Arrives In The UK With New Y20 And GR Sport Models

Toyota’s prolific supermini receives a boost in style and attitude, plus a limited version, for the new model year.

Cupra Ateca Is Very Fast And Well-Rounded, But It Lacks Character

As the first product of the newly founded performance brand it’s very good, yet not that exciting.

Here’s What It Costs To Maintain An Impressive 30-Vehicle Collection

Harry Metcalfe reveals just how expensive it was to own 16 cars and 14 motorcycles last year.

Infiniti Canada Spruces Up Q50 And Q60 Red Sport With I-Line Editions

Both special editions are powered by a 400 HP twin-turbo V6 and are exclusive to Canada, .

Some Jaguar E-Pace SUVs Miss Key Infotainment Software – And There’s No Fix

A batch of 2019 models were delivered without certain features and, unfortunately, they can’t be retrofitted .

First Production 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Sells For $1.1 Million

The really good news is that the proceeds will go to research for curing type 1 diabetes in children.

2020 Volkswagen Golf: This Is It, The All-New 8th Gen Model

As always, Volkswagen went for evolution instead of revolution, but even so the new Golf looks very sharp.

Mazda CX-7 Driver Shoots (!) At Cammer During Road Rage Incident

The driver of the white Mazda crossover was an 85-year old Florida man.

2019 Corvette Special Edition To Be Revealed At Daytona 24-Hour Race

In all likelihood, GM is getting ready to send off the current, seventh-gen ‘Vette with a special model.

Groups Protest GM, Ford At Detroit Show With Prayers And… Inflatable T-Rex?

The protesters object to planned job cuts and plant closures as well as more lax emissions regs.