Rolls Royce Wraith Drophead Coupe confirmed

5 Aug, 2014 12:46pm Jack Rix

Rolls Royce confirms a second convertible model based on the Wraith will join the range in mid-2016

We brought you spy shots of the new Rolls Royce Wraith Drophead Coupe back in May, and now Rolls Royce has officially confirmed that the model will reach the market in mid-2016. It will become the sixth member of a rapidly-expanding Rolls Royce range that already includes the Phantom, Phantom Drophead Coupe, Phantom Coupe, Ghost and Wraith.

According to an official release, the new model will "boldly shape the future of the marque with contemporary, graceful and sensuous styling. It will deliver effortless, open-top touring through the perfect marriage of modern Rolls-Royce luxury, style and elegance with an engaging and exhilarating driving experience."

As you can see in our spy shots of the prototype, the styling will borrow heavily from the Wraith Coupe with a high, rising shoulder line and bluff front end. Power is likely to come from the same 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 as the Wraith producing a colossal 624bhp, so expect a 0-62mph time of around 4.6 seconds and a price tag approaching £250,000.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce CEO, said: "I am truly delighted to confirm today the development of our new model which will open an exciting new chapter in the great story of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. We are currently developing an exciting and thoroughly contemporary interpretation of a pinnacle drophead tourer which will introduce even more discerning men and women to Rolls-Royce ownership."