Rolls Royce introduced their newest car at the Geneva Motor Show, the Wraith is designed to be a sporty grand touring coupe capable of delivering luxury, and performance in equal measure. In order to communicate the car’s performance capabilities, the Wraith uses a fastback style rear end, which the company says helps to give the coupe a muscular and sporting appearance, like that of a runner set in his blocks.
The Rolls Royce Wraith uses a 6.6-liter twin turbo V12 producing 664 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. This propels the 5,200 lb. car to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds on to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. One of the Wraith’s potential competitors is the Bentley Continental GT Speed, which has a 45 mph higher top speed, but lacks the opulence found only in a Roller.
An 8-speed ZF transmission is coupled to the Rolls’ power plant, and utilizes what the company calls SAT or Satellite Aided Technology to help the car select the proper gear based on the road. The cars GPS unit communicates with the transmission and picks the appropriate gear based on upcoming turns, intersections, and the driver’s driving style.
In an effort to make the Wraith a sportier car than other Rolls Royce models, the company has stiffened the suspension, and increased the communicativeness of the steering. Though to be sure the Wraith is no track car. It’s designed to be a lively grand tourer capable of carrying four people in consummate comfort. The Wraith is fitted with over 1,300 fiber optic lights in the headliner that mimic a starry night. The car uses coach doors, otherwise known as suicide doors, and Canadel Paneling wood veneers originally implemented by Henry Royce in the company’s original cars.
Expect the Rolls Royce Wraith to go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013 for approximately $320,000.