Based on the current Rolls-Royce Coupe, the new 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith offers the same shooting brake-style roof as the gorgeous Bentley Continental GT and even has its rear part clearly inspired by the archrival’s sporty grand-tourer. The price is very different, though. Unveiled this week during the 84th Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, the car will probably go on sale in Q3 at an estimated price of some €250,000: almost 1.5 times more expensive than the current Continental.
Powered by an upgraded version of the same V12 6.8-liter engine that animates a much larger and heavier Rolls-Royce Phantom, but now churns out even more impressive 624 bhp of power and almost 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque, the car takes just 4.4 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour, which puts it dangerously close to the territory currently dominated by a lot more, um, Spartan sports coupes.
Of course, the acceleration figures may not sound terribly impressive if you compare the car to something like Lamborghini Murcielago, but one would probably have to bear in mind that in this particular case we are dealing with something that is basically a very comfortable, extremely plushy study on four wheels that also happen to have performance close to that of a Porsche 911 Carrera S! Well, it may not be as nimble on Nurburgring, but the level of comfort you get while driving the course will probably make you forget about all those extra kilograms of precious wood, sound-proofing materials and expensive leather.
Yet, the main target of the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith seems to be current Bentley Continental GT family of luxury sports cars and in this regard the Wraith seems to beat just about any version of the car save, perhaps, for the Continental GTC W12 that offers slightly better performance thanks to its well-designed all-wheel drive system.
As usual for the new breed of vehicles, the V12 powerplant of the Wraith is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that not only makes acceleration and overtaking a lot more pleasant, but also keeps the thirsty motor’s fuel consumption within the limits of sanity.
Of course, the pricey car offers you all the luxury appointments that you can expect in this niche, including high-quality leather that covers almost all surfaces of the interior that are not decorated with precious wood panels. The signature “star-light” lining on the roof is also there. And if you don’t think that the ‘base’ version in exclusive enough for your tastes, Rolls-Royce will be happy to offer you an extensive customization program just to make sure that your Wraith is as unique as your palace.
Sharing its underpinnings with the famous BMW 7-Series luxury sedan with decades of German engineering prowess invested into creating one of the best executive sedans that money can buy, the new Rolls-Royce Wraith, too, features the same inevitable iDrive control interface on its central tunnel, but its dashboard clearly looks worlds away from its German relative, both in terms of style and refinement.