Rolls-Royce Wraith coupe confirmed
The Rolls-Royce Wraith will be the company's most powerful car ever.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith coupe has been confirmed for a public launch at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The long-rumoured car is the two-door coupe version of the Ghost, and promises to be the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever by the time customers begin to receive Wraiths towards the end of 2013.
The news was confirmed by Rolls-Royce CEO, Torsten Muller-Otvos: “Expect the boldest design, the most dramatic performance and the most powerful Rolls-Royce that has ever played host to the famous Spirit of Ecstasy figurine.”
The new Wraith will be a rival for the Bentley Continental GT, but will likely carrier a considerably higher price than both the £123,850 Bentley and the Ghost saloon, which starts at £170,250.
In keeping with the rest of the Rolls-Royce range, the Wraith is expected to feature lots of scope for extravagant personalisation, including a host of different interior and exterior colour and trim combinations.
The Wraith is built using the same chassis as the Ghost saloon and will also feature the same 6.6-litre V12 engine, albeit tuned to deliver around 600bhp – up from the saloon's 563bhp.
Like the saloon, the Wraith is likely to feature air-suspension, which allows the trademark Rolls-Royce magic-carpet ride when driven normally. However, this can be lowered with a sport mode that has been tuned on the Nurburgring race circuit in Germany.
Rolls-Royce's current tradition of resurrecting names from its past continues, following the Phantom and Ghost; the Wraith name was first used by Rolls in 1938.
According to Muller-Otvos, “Wraith alludes to an almost imperceptible but powerful force, something rare, agile and potent, a spirit that will not be tethered to the earth. It is the perfect name for our new model.”
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