Spofec does the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

Article by Andrew Christian, on December 2, 2014

Rolls-Royce Wraith might not be your first choice when you decide to upgrade a vehicle, but Novitec’s Spofec could change the way you think. The company has just unveiled its tuning programme for the elegant British coupe and we might admit that we fell in love again!

According to the official press release, the tuning kit developed for the Rolls-Royce Wraith is made out of carbon fiber and includes a new front bumper and two front flaps upgrading the front grille. Moreover, the new side sills give the vehicle a lower and longer visual stance, while the air extractors located behind the front wheel arches complete the look.

At the rear, there is a new bumper and a new subtle spoiler made of clear-coated carbon fibers. The design is completed by the 22-inch Spofec SP1 wheels, which are tailor-made for the Wraith. Behind the wheels, there is a new Spofec carbon-ceramic high-performance braking system with vented discs which measure 405 x 30 and 395 x 38 mm.

Spofec developed a special control module for the air suspension, which can bring the vehicle 40 mm closer to the ground at speeds below 140 km/h (86 mph). Meanwhile, the 6.6-liter V12 engine received a plug-and-play N-TRONIC module, which increases the power by 85 hp (62.5 kW) and 186 Nm.

The total output delivered by the engine is 717 hp (527 kW) and 986 Nm of torque, which translates into a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds, while top speed remains limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph.

A proper sound of the engine is ensured by the new Spofec stainless-steel sports exhaust system as well as by an actively controlled butterfly valve that offers an electronic sound management feature.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars updated its Phantom series models while taking to heart co-founder Sir Henry Royce’s appeal of taking the best that already exists and making it better.

These very words represent significant movements that were made to the brand’s pinnacle cars when they were introduced to the public in 2012. Those words continue to reverberate today from Rolls-Royce’s design studios to the Home of Rolls-Royde assembly hall at Goodwood.

However, there is more to Henry Royce’s famous quote. Aside from taking the best that exists and making it better, he also said these words: “If it doesn’t exist, then design it.”

These words, in turn, led to the development of the Rolls-Royce Wraith, which did not exist in the company’s car portfolio or in the automotive world in general. The design-it-if-it-does-not-exist expression has heavily influenced Rolls-Royce’s heritage. It can be seen in the vehicles and the pioneering spirit that defined the Rolls-Royce name in the early 1900s. And this expression came to be a part of the land, water, and air adventures that once led the company to earn three world speed records consecutively.

There is also the company’s founder, the Honorable Charles Rolls, who was known for his insatiable appetite for adventure, which ultimately brought him success in the world of motor racing, aviation, and ballooning. Rolls became the first person in history to ever cross the English Channel and to cross back in a powered aircraft without stopping. He was even praised by King George V for this achievement.

The Wraith echoes the spirit of Rolls-Royce’s historic achievements and goes beyond the boundaries of engineering and design. It also challenges perceptions and delivers the most dynamic driving experience in Rolls-Royce’s over a century-old existence. The Wraith did not exist, so Rolls-Royce created it.

Design-wise, the Wraith is a masterpiece of combined elegance and simplicity. It exudes poise yet promises dynamism. The car communicates a readiness to move with purpose upon its master’s command.

The Wraith’s exterior is defined by beauty and grace, with the swept lines of its fastback, a style that is reminiscent of 1930s automotive design. These lines also convey the car’s purposeful character.

The Wraith’s performance perfectly complements its dramatic exterior. It features a shorter wheelbase, a wider rear track, and a twin turbo V12 engine that generates 624 bhp / 465kW, as well as a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds.

The Wraith is every inch a luxurious and refined Rolls-Royce car, where sense of arrival and the joy of the journey are equally important as its overall look and its performance.

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