Rolls-Royce’s idea was conceived during a lunch between its owners in May 1904. A successful engineer, Henry Royce signed a deal with Charles Rolls, who was the owner of one of the first car dealership companies. The rest, as they say, is history. The series of cars that these two geniuses developed with two, three, four and six-cylinder cars broke the records of engineering and craftsmanship in two wheeler industry. Rolls-Royce is one of the stateliest, opulent and luxurious cars ever made. For decades, the brand has set a standard so high other luxury carmakers can only aspire to reach. It has always been a symbol of automotive excellence for its 100-plus years in the business. Currently, the Rolls-Royce battalion of vehicles consists of a trio of majestic Phantoms — the Sedan, Coupe and DropheadCoupe — as well as the smaller, “entry level” Ghost. While other carmakers also offer cars at these high price points, but Rolls-Royce is something that every car lover would dream of owning someday. The Rolls-Royce Wraith is a four-seat coupé (British word for the convertible car) made by Rolls-Royce Motors and based on the framework of the Rolls-Royce Ghost; their another car marvel. The vehicle was announced in January 2013 and unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. All models include the ZF “8HP90” 8-speed automatic transmission. The name Wraith comes from an old Scottish word meaning Ghost or Spirit.
EXTERIORS AND LOOK
The exterior make of this vehicle is beyond compare, both by form and by function. It is designed with a high grade, aerodynamic function. Streamlined, low and suited for the best speed enhancement, the vehicle scores as a one of a kind blend of luxury and performance. The well designed aerodynamic stealth that the vehicle is also incorporated with elements of lavishness. The make of the vehicle is blended to host a menacing, robust form as well. It has a large, wide front portion that is striking, with headlamps that are bold and prominent. The vertical grille is deeply recessed to create a more formidable picture, with twin exhausts by either side. It has frame-less coach doors. This, along with the absence of a b-pillar gives it a flavour of elegance, and also makes boarding and getting out of the vehicle easier. The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ sits atop the front grille, angled by a few degrees in an air of power and style that is meant to complement the intense machine and its exuberant build. The wheels are formatted to fit the 2:1 proportions of the wheel to body height, so that harmony and balance ensues on every phase of the vehicle’s make. It has a long rear overhang that gives it a powerful bearing from the back and the side. Self righting wheel centures and signature rear-hinged coach doors accentuate the pleasure of the side profile, making it look far more appealing altogether. The vehicle is also available with the option of three new exclusive wheel designs. It comes with the 20 inch seven-spoke design comes as its standard wheel format. However, a 21 inch seven-spoke, along with a part polished bi-color five-spoke part wheel is also available as an additional asset to the vehicle’s already splendid grandeur. It is made with a flawless outer covering, its metallic skin made to impose the highest perfection in its lines. Its paintwork takes the brilliance of its outer design many levels finer. High tech Xirallic paint ensures this, along with the meticulous craftsmanship of the company workers. Furthermore, it comes with a two tone paint option that further accentuates the car’s bold lines, making it more imposing and powerful in its looks.
INTERIORS AND COMFORT
Cabin is enveloped in dual tone colour scheme; chrome work has been done generously inside. The plush wood trims on the door and centre console and on other places in the cabin looks a little out of the theme. Dashboard is huge the instrument cluster and centre console looks a tad cluttered. The large three spoke steering wheel comes with mounted buttons. A spacious glove box is provided inside for the storage purpose. Driver’s side window plate gets a whole set of buttons for controlling various functions at a push of the button. Chrome inside door handles look up market, the premium quality material used on the lower side of the dashboard featuring same colour double stitching looks sombre. Floor mats are soft and comfortable, beige leather upholstered seat covers are sober. Among the comfort features, fitments like power steering is provided, power windows are given only in front while it is missing in rear. Air quality control and automatic climate control are available for curbing the temperature inside. For comfort of rear passengers, the company has fitted rear head rests, an arm rest is also befitted in the centre and AC vents are also inset in rear. Cup holders are given front as well as rear also, while bottle holder is provided only in front. Front seats get heated function; lumbar support is present in all seats. Cruise control enables an effortless driving experience, while parking sensors are present in front and rear. A navigation system, smart access card entry, engine start/stop button and voice control are among the other vital comfort features incorporated inside. We have kept the best for the end and that brings us to the most exquisite feature inside, the wireless car hotspot and the ecstasy rotary controller. On one hand, the hotspot helps keep connected from the outside world, the rotary controller enables access to music or directions through a swipe. A touchpad is also fitted inside where one can scribe words, also the voice control allows recording and sending audio notes
ENGINE AND GEARBOX
Wraith’s twin-turbo V12 engine stirs into life so smoothly and quietly you’ll barely notice. It’s a similar story when you pull away, because although the scenery starts to move, you remain wonderfully isolated from any engine noise or vibration.Gearchanges are utterly seamless, and because the sat-nav system is linked with the transmission, it can read the road ahead to avoid unnecessary shifts and ensure you always stay in the right gear.However, the Wraith changes character completely when you bury your right foot in the shag pile carpet; the engine bellows loudly and sends you hurtling towards the horizon at a breath-taking rate. In fact, the Wraith is so fast it’ll embarrass a Porsche Cayman in a straight line.Come to a corner, though, and you’ll quickly realise this 2.4-tonne behemoth is no sports car. When you turn the wheel there’s a lengthy pause before the Wraith’s huge bonnet starts to point in the direction you want it to go, and then the rest of the car reluctantly follows.
DRIVE AND HANDLING
With the exception of the sometimes-dulled responses from its GPS-aided transmission (without manual-shift capability), driving the 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith feels like the occasion that it truly is. An effectively boundless amount of power from the turbocharged V12 is a toe tap away. The self-adjusting suspension would have you believe that every road was paved just yesterday. At triple digits, the hushed cabin is as serene as an executive jet.However, please don’t confuse any of these behaviors with anything resembling slop. The Wraith doesn’t buoy, pitch or bounce over bumps…ever. Sure, if you carry too much speed into a corner, the electronic stability control will let you know you’re asking a 5,000-plus-pound two-door to scoff at the laws of physics. But drive it like an old, American coupe (think 1967 Cadillac Eldorado) and the Wraith obeys and rewards like none other. Turn the steering wheel a little earlier and a little farther than one would in a sport coupe, allow the supple suspension to respond and then dip into the power reserve (represented by an actual “Power Reserve” gauge on the dash instead of a rev counter). Let the other guys get there first. You’ll arrive in style.
The Wraith comes standard with front, side, and curtain airbags, adaptive headlights, top, side, and rear view cameras, and stability and traction control. In Motor Trend testing, the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith came to a stop from 60 mph in just 109 feet, quite a feat for a vehicle that weighs over 5,000 pounds. The optional Driver Assistance 3 package includes adaptive headlights, a head-up display that projects critical information for the driver, lane departure warning, night vision that can detect pedestrians in low-lit areas up to 300 yards, and adaptive cruise control that can maintain a selected distance from the vehicle ahead.
We have to admit, the new Wraith is one of the best models Rolls Royce has unveiled in the past few years. Still, for the money you can get more powerful and faster sports car. But then again, customers looking to buy a Rolls Royce aren’t interested in getting a sporty car, so maybe the new Wraith will turn out to be very successful.