The 2014 Rolls Royce Wraith is the most substantial brand-new version to arise from arguably the globe’s grandest automobile company for a lot of a year. It’s the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever developed, and the firm states it’ll help shape the marque’s future. Its even more dynamic pitch intends to entice a more youthful breed of customers, yet Rolls-Royce asserts it still retains the trademark “waftability” (their words, not ours) that its conventional customers adore.
We’ve steered the new Wraith on city roads, freeways, and the winding roads of the Austrian Alps, to find out whether it can it live up to those claims. Read on to discover exactly what we think!
The Wraith is powered by a 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12, the same that can be found under the bonnet of the Ghost drinkery on which it’s based. However right here it’s been given a healthy boost as much as 632hp, making this the most powerful car Rolls-Royce has ever made. Torque– a shocking 800Nm of it, to be exact– is offered from a comically low 1,500 rpm, and throughout to 5,500 revoltions per minute, providing the Wraith an astonishing ability to provide thumping performance in any kind of equipment, and at any kind of rate.
As you would certainly anticipate with such a powerplant, this is barely the most economical car worldwide, however gas intake is not as heavy as you may expect. Rolls-Royce has actually given the Wraith an integrated figure of 14.0 litres per 100km, which goes down to 9.8 litres per 100km on the added urban cycle. CARBON DIOXIDE emissions are rated at 327g/km.
With such significant energy on hand, you ‘d expect performance to be rather wrecking. This regardless of an unladen weight of 2,360 kilograms– maybe unsurprisingly, the Wraith is no waif.
Gearbox & Drivetrain
The Wraith showcases a variation of ZF’s exceptional eight-speed gearbox, and below it’s been kitted out with Rolls-Royce’s Satellite-Aided Transmission system, or SAT for brief. The gearbox likewise flaunts the ability to multi-shift gears– so if it requires to change down from 6th to fourth, point out, it’ll make just the one change, instead of altering down two times.
Suspension & Chassis
The Wraith is based around the framework style of the Ghost saloon, which in turn takes its platform from BMW’s 7 Series. Perhaps the most significant change, however, is at the back of the auto, where the rear track has been made 24mm larger, providing the Wraith a beefier back end that Rolls-Royce says makes it much more agile.
The front suspension takes the kind of double wishbones, while at the rear there’s a multi-link arrangement. Damping is provided by a four-corner air suspension system which is electronically changeable. Rolls-Royce shows the system gathers information from a variety of sensors around the automobile, and makes individual lots estimations every 2.5 nanoseconds, allowing the air dampers to readjust automatically and to give resistance to physical body roll in corners. And as you ‘d anticipate, the Wraith has a host of motorist helps as conventional, consisting of anti-roll stabilisation, dynamic security control, vibrant traction control, cornering brake control and dynamic brake control.
2014 Rolls Royce Wraith Interior
Obviously, any sort of Rolls-Royce well worth its salt needs to flaunt interior trimmings that know no equivalent. And the Wraith is no exemption. Every surface that isn’t covered by exactly what the company calls ‘Phantom-grade leather’ is clad in lumber, with a host of various coatings to select from.
The Wraith debuts Rolls-Royce’s new Canadel Panelling, a type of wood veneer that provides merely one thin layer of lacquer and a satin surface, giving the wood an open grain. Huge, bent panels of this things line the door cards, loading the interior with grain. Certainly, it’s an optional extra, and you can opt to keep the basic leather door panelling, in contrasting colors should you want.
The other, much-vaunted function of the Wraith is the Starlight Headliner. One more optional additional, this functions 1,340 fibre-optic lights that are fastidiously hand-woven in to the natural leather roof lining, and whose illumination can be varied. Each individual headlining takes about 16 man hours to craft.
Afro-american chrome dials whose needles showcase blood orange pointers lend the dashboard a more featuring intent compared to the Ghost’s, as does the guiding wheel, which provides a 1.6 mm thicker edge compared to the Wraith’s cocktail lounge counterpart. The rear-hinged ‘instructor’ doors– which Rolls-Royce claims make access and egress easier, though which are a lot more most likely to have been consisted of for the air of art-deco style they provide to the Wraith– can be closed electrically with buttons on the dash leading.
Release Dates and Prices
Sales of 2014 Rolls Royce Wraith will certainly begin in the last quarter of this year and probably the existence of the coupe designs will certainly be adhered to by its convertible models. In Europe, the Wraith will be valued at c. EUR 245K. Confirmation and further information prices in all markets will be disclosed later in the year.
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