Wanna Wraith?

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
wanna wraith

Not to be outdone by the bull from Wolfsburg, BMW’s adopted super-luxury brand, Rolls Royce, offers its “most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history.” The Wraith, a car “with just a hint of the noir,” as Rolls says in an email.

The car looks a little bit like when a Plymouth Barracuda went to 4th base with a Phantom. It’s the Rolls version of a fastback muscle car. The V12 engine makes 624 bhp and propels the big bruiser from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

In the gizmo department, the Wraith has a Satellite Aided Transmission (a.k.a., clever, clever SAT:) Via GPS mapping, “the correct gear is always pre-selected for the road terrain ahead.”

In Europe, the car will cost €245K ($320k) – downright approachable, compared to the Wolfsburg bull.

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  • CJinSD CJinSD on Mar 05, 2013

    Looks like something Boyd Coddington would have slapped his name on. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

  • Amca Amca on Mar 06, 2013

    Can't wait 'til they get one in the (window) of my local dealer. I must say I don't go for the two tone, nor for the stainless accents on the hood and windshield structure of the Phantom coupe and drophead. Too fussy. There's an all black Phantom drophead in my neighborhood. None of that fussy stainless. Marvelously thuggish looking - my first thought on seeing it is always of Darth Vader's helmet. If I won the Lotto and needed a Rolls, I think a navy blue one-tone over tobacco brown (or maybe more toward mahogany) Wraith coupe would be ideal. On the other hand, Bentley is said to be preparing a Mullsane coupe . . . .

    • Kyree Kyree on Mar 06, 2013

      Yes, they probably are, considering that the Mulsanne is the replacement for the Arnage, and the Arnage had coupe (Brooklands) and convertible (Azure) bodystyles, and all three of them--despite using antiquated technology--were far more classy than the Volkswagen-derived Continental line...

  • Damon Thomas Adding to the POSITIVES... It's a pretty fun car to mod
  • GregLocock Two adjacent states in Australia have different attitudes to roadworthy inspections. In NSW they are annual. In Victoria they only occur at change of ownership. As you'd expect this leads to many people in Vic keeping their old car.So if the worrywarts are correct Victoria's roads would be full of beaten up cars and so have a high accident rate compared with NSW. Oh well, the stats don't agree.https://www.lhd.com.au/lhd-insights/australian-road-death-statistics/
  • Lorenzo In Massachusetts, they used to require an inspection every 6 months, checking your brake lights, turn signals, horn, and headlight alignment, for two bucks.Now I get an "inspection" every two years in California, and all they check is the smog. MAYBE they notice the tire tread, squeaky brakes, or steering when they drive it into the bay, but all they check is the smog equipment and tailpipe emissions.For all they would know, the headlights, horn, and turn signals might not work, and the car has a "speed wobble" at 45 mph. AFAIK, they don't even check EVs.
  • Not Tire shop mechanic tugging on my wheel after I complained of grinding noise didn’t catch that the ball joint was failing. Subsequently failed to prevent the catastrophic failure of the ball joint and separation of the steering knuckle from the car! I’ve never lived in a state that required annual inspection, but can’t say that having the requirement has any bearing on improving safety given my experience with mechanics…
  • Mike978 Wow 700 days even with the recent car shortages.