On the final day of Goodwood Festival, 14th July 2013, Rolls Royce debuted its most exotic and powerful car, Rolls Royce Wraith. This second generation coupe is said to be the most elegant and power packed in the company’s history so far. The company claims that it’s a ‘gentleman’s gran turismo. It was unveiled earlier this year, on the 5th of March at the Geneva Motor Show.
Rolls Royce limited was a British firm that came into existence in the year 1906 after a partnership between Sir Frederick Henry Royce and Charles Stewart Rolls in the year 1904. The company turned nationalized in the year 1971 and in the year 1973 its car making segment was separated and thus came into existence the Rolls Royce Motors. In 1998 Volkswagen Group purchased Rolls Royce Motors for a total of £430m. Until 2002 VW produced RR marqued cars and now the RR logo ownership lies with BMW.
Rolls Royce Wraith was designed and manufactured by the company between the years 1938 and 1939. The car was sold in the form of running chassis. The car was a mighty vehicle with a displacement of 4,257 cc. The last first generation Wraith was sold in the year 1947. Now in the year 2013, Rolls Royce had decided to relaunch the Wraith. This second generation car will be a coupe on the lines of Ghost. It will be the most luxurious of the cars launched by RR so far. The car is expected to be available by September this year.
This super vehicle is powered by a V12 twin turbo engine of 6.6 litres capacity. This Wraith can reach the speed of 100 kmph in a matter of 4.4 seconds only which makes it sporty fast. The engine is capable of churning out a power of 625 bhp and a maximum torque of 800 Nm. The car is equipped with Rolls Royce special Satellite Aided Transmission technology powered up by an 8 speed ZF gearbox. It is on the lines of Ghost but Wraith is comparatively shorter and wider. The car suspension has been returned to offer an overall sportier feel to the car. This also lowers the car’s roll. The driving experience is truly exotic with car giving a heavier and robust feel at high speed while an easy handling at lower speeds.
The interior is highly inspired by Ghost and almost all the luxurious amenities have been shared with Wraith. The main highlight of this model is the Starline Headliner which uses 1340 optic fiber lights that make the car roof shine like the open night sky. This was limited to high end models like Phantom until now. The car also houses wood trimmed interiors with royal seats accessible through the coach doors of this car.
The car is expected to cost a buyer a total of 245,000 Euros which is around Rs 1.91 crores. The car is expected to be on sale by the end of this year. Although, none of the officials have made any statement regarding the launch of this car in India, as if now.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed also saw the Alpine Trial Centenary Ghost edition as well as a Phantom coupe from Rolls Royce. This coupe was the course car this season at the Fest.