Rolls-Royce has just confirmed that it will offer a convertible version of the Wraith but still, do not expect it very soon as the new drophead coupe version could take some time. According to CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos, who talked with AutoExpress, the Wraith convertible will arrive in the next couple of years. Despite the rumors, Rolls-Royce is not considering making an SUV.
For those who don’t know, Bentley will offer an SUV based on the EXP 9F Concept, but it appears that Rolls-Royce will focus on the convertible version of the Wraith and the replacement for the Phantom.
The next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom could also offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain as CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos said that “plug-in is definitely the direction to go in”. Apparently Rolls-Royce wants to make this move because theirs cars must have the ability to pass legal requirements that could force people to drive their cars only in EV mode in city centres.
Regarding sheer presence, there is no doubt the Wraith comes for the same magnificent cloth as the Ghost and the Phantom. Even then it remains to have the cues that can be tracked down to the previous generations. Meaning it has those graceful coach doors, accentuated overhand in the rear, and more importantly, the Spirit of Ecstasy figurine.
There is no question that the Wraith is different compared to what has been released in the last century. Further, it stands apart even among many of the present Rolls-Royce models. Indeed, it is a Rolls-Royce that has its own distinct quality. As proof, this can be seen in the combination of the deeply lowered pantheon grille, the raked glass house, longer bonnet, and the wider rear track.
Design Director Giles Taylor said that the defining element of the Wraith is the purposeful fastback profile. The graceful line, he added, goes to the screen’s top and to the rear edge. It brings with it the promise of an effortless but fast touring, he continued. Similar to a world-class racing athlete at the starting line, the Wraith gives a sense of anticipation and makes one’s heart beat faster on seeing it for the very first time.
It would not be an overstatement to say that the bold fastback design comes with drama as well as a direct feel of refined power. The model showcases beauty and style made possible by elegant simplicity. By having a raked cabin and low roof line combined with a high waistline, it puts the focus rearwards. Meanwhile the tension present in the surfaces gives a feel of the vehicle preparing to move, even quickly if needed.