We've published a number of teaser shots over the past few weeks, but now Rolls-Royce has revealed its new Wraith at the Geneva Motor Show – and it’s set to be the sportiest and most dynamic car in the range.
Reviving a name first used by the brand in 1938, this two-door fastback coupe version of the Ghost is the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever and develops 624bhp and 800Nm from its 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12.
That eclipses the Ghost’s 563bhp, while the Wraith also has 20Nm more torque than the saloon, with the staggering 800Nm output available from only 1,500rpm. The result is 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds – that’s three-tenths up on the Ghost.
To make the Wraith more agile than the saloon, the company has also tweaked the suspension, widened the rear track and shortened the wheelbase. Rolls says the new suspension will “discreetly amplify feedback”, while the steering will weight up at high speeds.
The interior of the two-tone car on the Geneva stand looked suitably lavish with Phantom grade leathers and what CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös described as a luxrious and yacht-like interior. The steering wheel and centre console also feature more controls and switches than we have seen on previous models from the brand.
The Wraith also debuts a new Satellite Aided Transmission system. This uses satellite maps and data to help the eight-speed automatic gearbox predict corners, motorway junctions and roundabouts, and select the most appropriate gear.
Rear-hinged doors open to reveal a Ghost-inspired interior featuring new matt Canadel wood panelling. There’s also the option of Starlight headlining, with 1,340 handwoven fibre optic lights – this is the first time it’s been offered outside the Phantom.
A new voice command system allows drivers to tell the sat-nav where they want to be navigated to, while the new infotainment controller has a smartphone-style pinch to zoom facility. It even lets users draw letters for postcodes.
The Wraith is priced from 245,000 Euros, which should translate to around £220,000 when the first cars are delivered here towards the end of the year.