Text: Brent Co / Photos: Rolls-Royce Press | posted March 05, 2013 13:03
Most powerful Rolls-Royce with 6.6-liter twin turbo V12 under the hood
After much teasing, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars finally held the world debut of the Wraith, the luxury brand's most power and dynamic car. The Wraith is a unique fusion of traditional Rolls-Royce refinement with power, style and drama.
"Today we launch the ultimate gentlemen's gran turismo, a car that embodies the spirit of Charles Stewart Rolls," commented Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
The Wraith was designed under the lead of Giles Taylor, who the brand hired in 2011 to head its exterior design department. The new car's unique character comes from a sweeping fastback design, while bold lines, tension in the panels and a raked rear screen evoke the image of a world class athlete poised in the starting blocks. A deeply recessed grill, wide rear track and a two-tone paint scheme further expresses the dynamic nature of the Wraith. To finish the exterior look, a seven-spoke 20-inch wheel is standard with a 21-inch seven spoke, and 21-inch five spoke designs available as options also available.
Like every Rolls-Royce, a sumptuous interior welcomes the driver complete with Phantom-grade leathers and a new open grain wood called Canadel Paneling; named after the famous cove in the South of France where Sir Henry Royce and his design and engineering teams spent their winters. The interior ambiance is complemented by the once Phantom-exclusive Starlight Headliner. The bespoke feature is a process of hand-weaving 1,340 fibre optic lamps into the roof lining to give the impression of a glittering, starry night sky.
Powering the Wraith is a 6.6-liter twin turbo V12 engine producing 632 PS @ 5,600 rpm and 800 Nm of torque from 1,500-5,500 rpm; mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. While the Wraith boasts of a 4.4 seconds 0-60 mph sprint time, top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
"The most powerful Rolls-Royce in history, Wraith promises the sense of adventure and speed that drove our founding forefather. But of course, Wraith's starting point is luxury, refinement and quality, traits that remain as important to Rolls-Royce customers today as they were more than a century ago," added Müller-Ötvös.
To complement the power, the car'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. While agility improvements have been achieved, engineers made sure absolutely no compromise was made to the sensation of riding on a bed of air. This is achieved with a double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension aided by an air-suspension system with electronic variable damping.
A new Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT) technology 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 terrain ahead. Corners, motorway junctions and roundabouts are all anticipated in advance making sure driver's who are used to the back seat don't go flying off corners with the very capable engine.
The Wraith also features voice commands for calling, email, text messaging, entertainment and even navigation. The driver can simply tell the car to "navigate to Piccadilly in London" or "email John Smith" composing a message using the ‘speech to email' function.
The 102 year-old Spirit of Ecstasy also finds itself in the new Rotary Controller. This allows navigation through on-screen functions using a touch pad that features pinch and pull functionality to echo smart phone usage. Letters can also be 'drawn' onto the pad by hand rather than by scrolling through a series of available characters on-screen.
Initial Europe price revealed for the Wraith is at set at €245,000 (approximately PhP13,012,261), with deliveries to commence last quarter of this year.