What is it?
What's special about it?
Is your $408,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe just too darned big? Your $250,000 Rolls-Royce Ghost simply too common? Do you envy Bentley Continental GT owners?
Envy is not a common feeling among Rolls-Royce owners. But for the past few decades, the famed British ultra-luxury marque has made do without a proper GT car, while Bentley has put a Continental in the garage of every household that matters. Obviously, that couldn't stand. So today at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show, the two-door Rolls-Royce Wraith was unleashed on the world.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith is built off of the Ghost's platform, though shrunk just a bit to a reasonable size that won't require a commercial berth. Still, the Wraith is more than 17 feet long, 6.5 feet wide and weighs some 5,200 pounds.
Mass is only a problem if you don't have the sauce to make it dance, and the Wraith comes with a veritable bucket of sauce in the form of a 6.6-liter, direct-injected twin-turbo V12 making 624 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. It's the most powerful car ever made by the company, and Rolls claims it's the best handling as well.
In photos, the Rolls-Royce Wraith has a tendency to look a bit like the world's most overdressed Audi A7, but in person the Wraith looks stunning. The sharply tapered rear with its near-horizontal window hides the bulk well, while the upright grille and small headlights work on a coupe in a way they never worked on the far less pretty Ghost sedan.
Edmunds.com says: If you can't afford a Rolls-Royce Phantom coupe, we guess this'll do. Expect the Wraith to take over Southern California sometime in 2014.
Base Price: Quite a lot
Engine: 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12
Gearbox: Eight-speed automatic
Power: 624 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm/590 pound-feet of torque @ 1,500 rpm
Fuel Mileage: 11 city/23 highway (est.)
Length: 207 inches
Width: 77 inches
Height: 59 inches
Wheelbase: 122 inches
Weight: 5,203 pounds
Turning circle: 41.7 feet