Rolls-Royce reveals third official image of Wraith

Article by Anita Panait, on February 20, 2013

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has released the third official image of its new model Wraith. Wraith, which will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5, 2013, features a luxurious, contemporary interior that complements the dynamic looks of its exterior styling. Wraith combines luxury and hand-craftsmanship, as evidenced by the softest ‘Phantom-grade’ leathers and expanses of open pore wood named Canadel Panelling.

The vehicle’s contemporary finish showcases an interior space almost similar to that of an ultra-luxury yacht. The horseshoe sweep of Wraith’s cabin mirrors the cove at Le Canadel in Southern France where Sir Henry Royce and his design team spent their winters.

Rolls-Royce made sure that every possible interior detail is regarded and beautifully executed. For instance, the clock has Blood Orange needle tips that point to the car’s dynamic potential, while paying tribute to Rolls-Royce aviation heritage.

Like every Rolls-Royce model, Wraith is entirely hand-made. Wraith is a strong evidence of the skill of craftsmen and women at Rolls-Royce.

Giles Taylor, Design Director at Rolls-Royce, remarked that the Wraith's defining element is its purposeful fastback profile, which exposes a graceful line sweeping from the top of the screen to the edge of the rear.

Even at a glimpse, the new Rolls-Royce Wraith is a true picture of elegance and sportiness. Its bold fastback design perfectly conveys its energetic and dramatic yet much refined power – just like how the appearance of world-class athletes exudes how sporty they could be. Its overall design is both elegant and stylish, achieved through effortless simplicity. Thanks to its high waistline, low roof line and raked cabin, the new Rolls-Royce Wraith looks ready to sprint anytime as needed.

When on the road, it is pretty easy to tell that the new Wraith belongs to the same pedigree as the current Phantom and Ghost models. However, the latest version of the Wraith features a number of design cues found in the previous generations like its elegant coach doors, accentuated rear overhang and the Spirit of Ecstasy on the grille.

Differentiating the latest iteration of the new Rolls-Royce Wraith from the previous models as well as from other Rolls-Royce vehicles are elements like longer bonnet, deeply recessed pantheon grille, raked glass house and wider rear track.

The Rolls-Royce Wraith is considered as a masterpiece of elegant yet simple design, conveying both composure and potent dynamism. Its design exudes a feeling of being always ready to go at the moment its driver wants it to.

As seen, the exterior of the new Rolls-Royce Wraith is defined by beauty and grace. Its purposeful character is indicated by the swept lines of its fastback, which was inspired by automotive design of the 1930s. The dynamic nature of the new Rolls-Royce Wraith, meanwhile, is conveyed by its shorter wheelbase and wider rear track, as made possible by its twin turbo V12 engine that delivers 624 bhp (465 kW). With this power on hand, the Wraith could sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds.

However, there is no mistaking the new Wraith as a typical GT. Its level of refinement and luxury is on a whole new dimension, as its main priority is to make every moment as worthwhile as possible.

The new Wraith is the first to be equipped with Rolls-Royce’s most intelligent drivetrain, which includes the so-called Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT). SAT could process GPS data to predict the next move of the driver, thereby automatically choosing the most appropriate gear – which means that unneeded gear changes are avoided. This practically allows the Wraith to be always ready to offer true dynamics. For instance, SAT pre-selects the optimum gear after the Wrath negotiates a sweeping bend, resulting in effortless acceleration. SAT is complemented by a more direct steering response for a more precise cornering as well as more dynamic spring and damper settings.

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