Hyper-Luxury: 2015 Rolls Royce Wraith
Hyper-luxury at its finest…
The most powerful manifestation of the Spirit of Ecstasy is embodied as the Rolls Royce Wraith for 2015. It is the driver’s gran turismo. Breathtaking in both styling and performance, the Rolls Royce Wraith is the next generation of the ultra-personal luxury saloon. Hyper-luxury is the class for this new breed of automotive ingenuity. This is the 21st century…times have changed…so has Rolls Royce. From the Spirit of Ecstasy, to the rake of its fastback design, it is every inch a Rolls Royce.
The engineers researched the latest technology to develop the Wraith as an ultra-luxury athlete geared for the 21st century. The result is the boldest and most dramatic Rolls Royce ever built. Being technologically in tune with the times; its sophisticated Satellite Aided Transmission uses GPS data allowing it to perceive well beyond the driver to calibrate itself for the driver’s next move.
Its sophistication continues with a voice-activated infotainment system with touch pad. AND…its beautifully hand-crafted forward opening coach doors close at the touch of a button. The voice-activated on-board valet enhances the driver/machine interface experience. The Wraith takes “effortless” to new heights.
The hand-built alloy 6.6 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine is without conjecture the pinnacle of motoring majesty. It provides a prolific 624 hp @ 5,600 rpm with 800 Nm of peak torque @ 1,500 rpm. It breathes through four valves per cylinder and is equipped with an overhead cam. Performance matches the Wraith’s unique character. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. With astonishing power and shocking performance unlike any other Rolls Royce, the Wraith – hyper-luxury coupe of the 21st century – has gone where no other ultra-luxury car has gone before. It is the fastest and most powerful Rolls Royce in history…
The engine is mated to an eight speed ZF transmission that performs with remarkably smooth and imperceptible operation. The drive-train and its functions remain anonymous as always in a Rolls Royce. The transmission owes its intuition to the Satellite technology. It uses GPS mapping data to present the proper gear at the proper time for the road ahead. Once again, effortless sums up the Rolls Royce experience –
Rolls Royce engineers created all-new parameters to expedite overall driving dynamics for the driver’s gran turismo. The Wraith’s ride adapts to the driving requisites. It is the independent double wishbones up front and an independent multi-link rear suspension, combined with an electronic damping system fitted to each wheel that provides the patented “soaring-sensation” Rolls Royce made famous. Tapping the accelerator pedal on any Rolls Royce is thrilling…no matter how far down one pushes the pedal, there’s still room underneath. This is the manner in which Rolls Royce distributes the “power in reserve” philosophy.
The extraordinary craftsmanship and extreme attention to detail is evident in the Wraith’s ultra-luxurious cabin. The intimate four-seat theme is augmented by hand-crafted Canadel Paneling. It is named after the famous cove in the South of France where Sir Frederic Henry Royce and his design team spent their winters.
This exclusive wood treatment exudes a yacht-like atmosphere. Just about every feature and accessory is standard on the Rolls Royce Wraith. From Power windows, power door locks with centralized locking feature which includes the boot lid, automatic speed control, power seating, power steering and brakes, adjustable steering wheel, and courtesy lighting, to the exemplary fit and finish of its controls…this is an exclusive interpretation of the Spirit of Ecstasy.
To evoke a feeling of well-being, one may opt for the Starlight Headliner. This bespoke feature creates a dramatic ambience reminiscent of a starry night sky. The headlining incorporates 1,340 fibre optic lamps are hand-woven into the fabric to “glitter.”
The Wraith is bold and contemporary. The elegant rear-hinged coach doors are frameless. Absence of the “B” pillar makes entry and exit easier. The sweep of the roof line terminates in a fastback design and is not only beautiful but adds to its aerodynamic efficiency.
The Wraith uses an understated approach to luxury, comfort, and convenience. The hand-stitched Phantom-grade leather trims the cabin as one would expect from Rolls Royce. Each individual lounge seat is electrically adjustable. They are four of the most desirable seats in all of motordom. The rich Canadel Paneling features open-grain wood.
The veneer panels for the doors are delicately contoured at a 55 degree angle and each piece is book-matched to create a perfect mirror image through the center line of the cabin. Each individual component of this exquisite wood treatment harmoniously flows together. The hyper-luxury class is a dramatic departure from the 20th century. The Rolls Royce Wraith is the beginning of a new series of elite Flagship models for the legendary brand.
The front end styling is equally dramatic. The classic Rolls Royce radiator grille has been refined to accent the new hyper-luxury class coupe. It is recessed inward for a strikingly new interpretation. The iconic Spirit of Ecstasy Flying Goddess is angled and positioned further forward. The LED light cluster with daytime running lamps blends perfectly into its 21st century appearance. It is contemporary and daring.
Photos courtesy Rolls Royce Media Club
As Rolls Royce enters their bicentennial, they will continue to dominate the ultra-luxury automobile niche. The Wraith graciously performs with panache and savoir-faire unlike any other Rolls Royce in the history of the brand. The Wraith introduces a new class, the hyper-luxury coupe. Make no mistake; this highly polished, sure-footed envelope of technology is every inch a Rolls Royce.
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THIS HAS GOT TO BE ONE OF THE HOMELIEST ROLLS’ EVER. IN PROFILE LOOKING AT THE TWO TONE VERSION YOU CAN SEE WHERE THEY WENT WRONG. IF YOU IMAGINE THEM PEELING OFF THE TOP COLOR (ALONG WITH THE SHEET-METAL) WHAT REMAINS IS A BEAUTIFUL BODY IN NEED OF A NEW GREENHOUSE.
MJU…it’s all about good taste, wind-cheating styling, and 21st century finesse. If cars had all of the intricately-curvy bodylines and weight – we’d be looking at a weekly petrol bill that would blow your wig back! Just as those God-awful crossover things (which are the bastards at the automobile family reunions) took over, sedan and coupe models must follow the same rule of homeliness to achieve government standards. Believe me when I say, even if one can afford $500-$700 per week just for gasoline – doesn’t mean one will be thrilled about it. One way or another it’s a sacrifice.
So you think this car is ugly? You ain’t seen nothin yet! Wait until autonomy takes over and your front seat passengers will be turned towards the rear seat passengers while on the road. Ugly will reach new heights in pisstivity for me…you see, I too am in love with the look of a real car!