The wait is over, the teasing has stopped and Rolls-Royce has officially taken the wraps off its latest luxury offering, the Wraith.
This two-door coupe version of the Ghost is the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever. The 6.6-litre V12 engine produces 624bhp and drives the Wraith from 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds.
However, thanks to an eight-speed automatic transmission, this power is delivered in a smooth, seamless curve so that rear-seat passengers don’t spill their cocktails.
Rolls-Royce is quick to emphasize that although the Wraith benefits drivers in terms of re-worked suspension and reduced body roll, the car is “no GT Bruiser” and everything its engineers have done to increase the car’s sporting credentials has in no way affected its ride, which is still akin to riding on a bed of air.
One ingenious technological feature that the Wraith sports to ensure passenger comfort is satellite-aided transmission (SAT).
Using GPS data to understand the road conditions ahead, beyond the driver’s vision, the system automatically selects the approapriate gear for the upcoming terrain.
Inside, the Wraath’s mix of leather, wood and hand-milled metals whispers opulence, while the Starlight Headliner complete the package.
1,340 fiber optic lamps, hand-woven into the roof lining give occupants the impression they are gazing up at the constellations.
Added to this is a voice command system that not only activates the navigation and communications system but also links to a dedicated concierge service.
European prices for the Wraith are expected to start at €245,000 with first deliveries in autumn 2013.