Rolls Royce recently sent the automotive world into a frenzy when it announced that it would be revealing a new model at the Geneva Motor Show this March. The Wraith will be a full-sized coupe, based on the current Ghost model. The most exciting piece of news however, is that it will be the fastest and most powerful Rolls Royce ever made.
This is impressive, given that the Ghost is already powered by a 6.6-litre BMW-based V12, equipped with two turbochargers, putting out 563bhp, and rocketing the car from 0-60mph in just 4.7 seconds. These stats certainly suggest that the Wraith’s performance is going to be incredible.
It’s very likely that the Wraith will feature the same V12, but with a higher power output. Many people are anticipating around 600bhp. This, combined with a probable lower weight, would see the Wraith shave several tenths of a second off the Ghost’s 0-60 time.
The coupe is being touted as a sports-oriented car, so it’s certainly going top be fitted with additional equipment, such as uprated brakes, tyres and a stiffer suspension setup. It’ll need them if it’s going to be able to take corners like a true sports coupe.
The Wraith’s name is of course inspired by Rolls Royce’s pre-war Wraith, in production from 1938 to 1939. This car had comparatively modest figures, with its 4.2 litre engine taking 16.4 seconds to propel the nearly two tonne vehicle to 60mph. Top speed was also only around 85mph. Part of this will be down to the fact that at the time, horsepower was taxed by the British government.
Performance comes at a price of course. It’s expected that the Wraith will be placed above the Ghost in the Rolls line-up, suggesting prices of around £220,000. Waiting lists are still likely to be long however. You might be surprised to know that you can actually get hold of a Rolls Royce for less than £10,000; S1 used cars in Livingston is a good place to look for the older models such as the Spirit or the Spur.