Rolls-Royce previews the Wraith at Geneva Motor show

 Rolls-Royce Wraith Rolls-Royce presented its most powerful and dynamic variant yet in the form of the Wraith at the Geneva Motor show which kicked off 5 March.

Rolls-Royce Wraith and Ghost: A semblance tale

The Rolls-Royce Wraith shares certain resemblance to the performance-oriented Rolls-Royce Ghost. The Ghost was rolled out by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Kuala Lumpur in early 2010. and then came the Rolls-Royce Motor cars KL flagship showroom approximately a year later.

Rolls-Royce Wraith exterior

Rolls-Royce Wraith swooping silhouette

Like the Rolls-Royce Ghost, the Wraith has a ‘sweeping fastback’ silhouette, with bold lines, tension in the panels and a raked rear screen that evokes an athlete in action. The Wraith’s more dynamic expressions come in the form of ‘deeply recessed’ grille, wide rear track and two-tone body color scheme. Thanks to a wide rear track, shorter wheelbase and lower ride height, the Wraith is said to be the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever.

Rolls-Royce Wraith interior

All Rolls-Royce cars’ interiors imbued the unprecedented luxury, refinement and craftsmanship to the highest degree. For the Wraith, Phantom-grade ‘beige’ leathers and Wood ‘Canadel’ Panellings ensure the driver plus four occupants’ plush comfortability inside the car’s proportionate cabin. The Starlight Headliner, hand-woven 1,340 fiber optic lights on the roof lining, distinguished key switches, eyeball air vents and deep-pile mats complete the Wraith’s interior refinements.

The Rolls-Royce Wraith takes up advanced systems such as head-up display, adaptive headlights and keyless opening boot. Additionally, the Wraith’s improved connectivity within enables human-machine interface to a new level of sophistication, a suite of aids that could be likened to a contemporary on-board valet. Voice activation commands, for example, come with a one-touch call button located on the steering. A destination no longer requires manual input from a navigation menu and route assistance begins immediately, on-screen and via audio guidance following a voice command. The Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary knob on the center console allows navigation through on-screen functions using a touch pad that features pinch and pull functionality to echo smart phone usage. Further, letters can also be ‘drawn’ onto the pad by hand rather than by scrolling through a series of available characters on-screen.

Performance delivers on the promise of Wraith’s styling. Power delivery is effortless, but dramatic, thanks to a V12 engine married to 8-speed automatic ZF transmission. 624 bhp and 800 Nm of torque at 1,500 rpm are available to the driver while the 0 – 100km/h dash is achieved in 4.4 seconds, compared with 563 bhp and 0 – 100km/h in 4.7 seconds for the Rolls-Royce Ghost. Thanks to SAT (Satellite Aided Transmission), the powertrain is said to be in harmony everytime the driver wishes to drive a bit more aggressively. SAT uses GPS data to see beyond what the driver sees; it anticipates his next move based on location and current driving style, then selects the most appropriate gear for the road ahead.

The Rolls-Royce Wraith’s suspension has also been tuned to minimize body roll and discreetly amplify feedback when cornering; while steering weight is heavier at high speeds and lighter at low speeds adding to the spirited drive. Agility improvements have been achieved with absolutely no compromise to the sensation of riding on a bed of air – a common Rolls-Royce metaphor.

Rolls-Royce Wraith availability

Following the Wraith’s debut, the latest Rolls-Royce will go on sale in Europe for an estimated 250,000 Euros with deliveries slated for fourth quarter this year.

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