The Smaller And More Powerful Rolls Royce Wraith
Rolls Royce cars are not known for their subtlety or how small they are (they aren’t). However, they have attempted to make a smaller, more powerful car and produced the Wraith. Just to give you an idea about the Wraith… it is still not very small and it most certainly is not subtle. It just isn’t as large as the Phantom, but it is more powerful.
This is a four-seater luxury car that challenges its rivals, the Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes S-Class Coupe and the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta to a duel. It might win as well. Whilst other Rolls Royces are designed for their passengers to be chauffeured in, the Wraith is designed to be driven.
It delivers well, especially with the engine under the bonnet and the drive set up, allowing you to sit in luxury comfort, whilst enjoying an amazing drive.
Under that long bonnet
Rolls-Royce is famous for their long bonnets thanks to their huge engines. These engines are after all transporting luxury. In the Wraith, there is a 6.6-litre twin-turbocharged V12 petrol engine. This beast of an engine produces 624 bhp. You are getting plenty of power for the pounds you are spending on this car. It sprints from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, which for a car of this size is incredible. It also has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
For a car of this size, you would expect it to be much slower than it is, but thanks to the amazing work from Rolls-Royce, you get sports car performance from a luxury coupe.
Inside the Wraith is what matters
Because Rolls-Royce creates cars that the owners are to be chauffeured in, their interiors are superb. So, how does the Wraith stack up?
Attention to detail is what makes Rolls-Royce the king of luxury car brands. There is nothing more important to them and their customers than the small details that make up the entire car. This is the same with the Wraith. The Wraith is one of the most unique cars on the market. It has rear-hinged suicide doors, allowing you and your passengers to climb in and out in the most dignified fashion.
You will be unlikely to sit in any other brand of car and find a better, more gorgeous interior. The materials in the cabin are of the finest quality, built and put together impeccably with a design that is timeless. In twenty years, you could slip into this car and it will have remained ever present.
Rolls-Royce has kept up with modern times with their own version of the BMW iDrive infotainment system, with its own graphics and exquisite control set up. It has a 10.3-inch screen in its dashboard that is touchscreen and has a sat-nav installed that receives live traffic updates.
In terms of seating, the seats are low due to the more driver-focused nature of the Wraith, but you remain perched upright with an excellent vision all the way around. There are generous amounts of space in every part of the cabin for six-foot tall adults with huge amounts of head space and legroom in the front and back. It has a boot capacity of 470-litres.
The Wraith’s performance
In other Rolls-Royces, you would climb into the back, sit in incredible luxury and be driven comfortably wherever you needed to go. However, in the Wraith, it is all about you being the driver. The accelerator takes a few seconds to kick in to ensure you don’t put too much of that immense power down on the road too quickly.
In a straight line, this car is brilliant quick.
However, we advise against you taking this car into a corner at speed. It may be fast, but the shape of the car does make it rather difficult. But, take it into the same corner smoothly and you will enjoy coming out the other side. There is no point where you will feel uncomfortable. Seriously, not one moment.