Paul Maric road tests and reviews the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith.
As far as sporting luxury goes, you can consider the Rolls-Royce Wraith the absolute pinnacle and epitome of such. Fitted with the most powerful engine to ever grace a Rolls-Royce, the Wraith manages to produce an astonishing 465kW of power from its twin-turbocharged V12 engine.
The two-door, four-seat Wraith enters an all new design age for Rolls-Royce and harks back to the era of fastback sedans and hot rod racers. The swooping rear end comes back to meet with a neatly consumed boot, while the front end features Rolls-Royce’s signature oversized grille and headlights.
Step inside the cabin and the level of luxury jumps up a notch further. Perfectly finished surfaces and soft to the touch buttons and materials truly define the Wraith as a luxury sports car. Buyers can even option a star-spangled roof that is littered with LED lights to simulate the stars at night.
Rear seat passengers don’t go unnoticed either with ample leg and head room to stretch out. Unlike other Rolls-Royce models, this one is built more to focus on the driver as opposed to the passengers.
Not only is the Rolls-Royce Wraith fast in a straight line, it’s also smart around corners. The Wraith uses satellite navigation and fixed satellite positioning to control gear selection and driveability. If you are driving through a mountain pass for example, the Wraith won’t shift up a gear when you lift off the throttle. It will know that you are driving enthusiastically given the terrain and will hold gears for spirited driving.
The 6.6-litre V12 engine with eight-speed automatic gearbox is quick enough for a 0-100km/h dash of just 4.6-seconds, with the only downfall being a thirsty appetite for premium unleaded fuel, around 14L/100km to be exact.
Some of the other exciting features fitted to the Wraith include night vision, which is able to detect hazards ahead in traffic and alert the driver to avoid collision. Let’s not forget a 360-degree top-view camera, 18-speaker sound system and heads-up display system. To further ensure exclusivity, the Wraith can be customised to a level only limited by the individual’s imagination.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith
Engine: 6.6 litre V12 producing 465kW and 800Nm
Transmission: Eight speed automatic
Safety: Not tested
Warranty: Four years
Origin: United Kingdom
Price: From $645,000