Rolls-Royce Wraith

27 Mar, 2013 8:48pm Luke Madden

The ultra-luxurious Rolls-Royce Wraith coupe has made its US debut at the New York show

Rolls-Royce has unveiled the Wraith coupe for the first time in North America, at the New York Motor Show.

The Wraith is based on the Ghost saloon but gets a fresh design courtesy of every body panel being replaced. There’s also a more powerful version of the Ghost’s 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 under the bonnet, which now boasts 624bhp rather than 563bhp.

Rolls-Royce’s trademark effortless acceleration will come courtesy of the hugely impressive 800Nm of torque, which is available from just 1,500rpm. The acceleration figures are just as impressive, with 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds.

The tweaks stretch to the handling, too, with uprated suspension, a wider rear track and a shorter wheelbase.

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.

Rolls-Royce has said the Wraith will command a price-tag of more than 300,000 USD, and when it goes on sale in the UK we’re expecting it to cost around £220,000.