The Dream | 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith
By now, we really hope you’ve realized the Phantom is a chauffeured car. And though the Ghost has filled the void for those that prefer pushing versus pulling, Rolls Royce has upped the ante with yet another hauntingly delightful, ultra-high end offering: The Wraith. Maintaining the stately, unmistakable nose of its predecessors, the posterior of this new fastback coupe (yeah, coupe!) sweeps into a shapely tail that’s done its squats—and can bounce before you even have time to drool.
While competitive brands have played economies of scale under the hood, Rolls-Royce has delightfully opted to keep the wraith (over) powered with a 612hp twin-turbo V12. Behind its precision-trimmed wheel and well-appointed dash, you’ll feel like nothing short of a yacht captain, though a solid mash of the throttle may invoke more of a pirate mentality.
By no means a small car, the Wraith rockets to 60mph in a mere 4.4 seconds and feels powerfully in control while doing so. Tuned for the drive more than the ride, it pulls through corners with frighteningly tight precision that may even have you feeling like it’s possessed, which can also be attributed to RR’s new Satellite Aided Transmission that actually sees the road ahead and works the car’s gearbox and throttle-map accordingly. At a base price of $284K, the Wraith may also take your bank account on a demonic jaunt, but it’s the price you’ll pay for flaunting the latest coupe du jour. At least you can put Jeeves on an extended leave.
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