The final road trials in Europe of Rolls-Royce’s new Ghost-based coupé are ongoing. This is the first ‘performance’ model to bear the Flying Lady ornament for over the past 50 years. Spy images of the car were taken while testing. It’s believed that this spied model, the fastest production Rolls ever made, will probably already be how the production model would appear.
This new model is being positioned to compete with the cars recently launched by Bentley and Aston Martin that offer increasingly more power. So far, Rolls-Royce has denied reports that it is caught up in a race to achieve the highest power with other major automakers. A tuned version of the Rolls-Royce Ghost saloon’s turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 will power the new coupé.
Its power is given a boost from the standard 531bhp of the Ghost to about 600bhp, says Autocar. It will get a proportional increase in torque. Power is distributed to the rear wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
To go with the high power and performance of the coupé are improvements to the brakes, tyres and suspension that are slightly sports-orientated. However, the engineers of Rolls-Royce have been careful about keeping the refinement and luxury expected from a marque. Just like all other Rolls-Royce models, its top speed is limited to 155mph.
However, the coupé’s capabilities to sprint from zero to 100mph are much greater than expected. It’s also superior to the very quick Ghost saloon. According to its engineers, the driver will be able to observe higher agility due to the company’s tauter suspension, larger tyres, limited weight and size and a chassis lowered by 10mm.
It’s expected that the Ghost coupé will be shorter by about 200mm overall (at around 5200mm) if the automaker maintained the proportional differences of the Phantom saloon and Phantom coupé. About 180mm will be taken off the saloon’s 3295mm wheelbase. It is estimated that the kerb weight would be 200kg lower than the standard saloon, to about 2300 kg.
In terms of design, the new Rolls-Royce Wraith is a masterpiece of elegance and simplicity, exuding a promise of dynamism and of poise. It is clear that the car is ready to follow its driver’s command and move with purpose.
Its exterior look is defined by grace and beauty. Its fastback features swept lines, a style that originated from automotive design in the 1930s, signaling a purposeful character and hinting gently at the noir.
Moreover, the Wraith’s performance complements its exterior styling. Its dynamic looks are conveyed through its shorter wheelbase, its wider rear track, its 624-bhp/465kW power delivered by its twin turbo V12, and its 0-60 acceleration time of 4.4 seconds.
However, the car is no GT bruiser. Every inch of the Wraith is a luxurious and refined Rolls-Royce, where its sense of arrival and the joy of its journey are also important.
The Wraith features the most intelligent drivetrain ever to be featured in a Rolls-Royce. This also includes the application of cutting-edge and ground-breaking technologies such as the Satellite Aided Transmission, which processes GPS data in order to predict your next move and to automatically select the correct gear in anticipation of the road ahead. This promotes effortless acceleration and helps avoid unnecessary gear changes, therefore augmenting the Rolls-Royce’s famous trait of waftability as well as ensuring that the Wraith is poised constantly to deliver on its promise of dynamism.