Rolls-Royce Wraith convertible confirmed

29 Apr, 2013 11:39am Luke Madden

Rolls-Royce CEO has revealed plans for a convertible version of the Wraith - but denies that an SUV is on the way

Rolls-Royce will build a convertible version of the Wraith, according to CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos.

Speaking at the UK unveiling of the Wraith, Muller-Otvos told Auto Express: “The design certainly lends itself to a drophead coupe, and I think that will be the next variant”.

Producing another variant could take “some time”, said Muller-Otvos, so don’t expect to see a Wraith convertible arriving in the next couple of years.

Muller-Otvos went on to say that despite recent rumours, Rolls-Royce was not considering making an SUV. “We have no plans to produce an SUV, definitely not, the next thing is drophead Wraith but bespoke orders are the priority.” Rolls-Royce sees 99 per cent of its Phantom customers opting for Bespoke customisation of their cars.

Rolls-Royce is already thinking about replacing the Phantom, too, but Muller-Otvos said: “it will be longer than three years from now.” He did confirm that Rolls-Royce models would always be built in Goodwood, and with increased demand brought about by Wraith its current factory could move from producing 3000 units a year to around 4700.

The next-generation Phantom could come with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. “Plug-in is definitely the direction to go in, that way you have range for commuting but also the ability to pass legal requirements that could force us in to driving as electric only in city centres.”