2013 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The first glimpse of the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith was revealed on Tuesday ahead of the luxury car's debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
- The semi-exposed silhouette of the Rolls-Royce Wraith indicates that the car will provide seating for four passengers.
- The Rolls-Royce Wraith is based on a shortened-wheelbase version of the steel-bodied Ghost platform.
GOODWOOD, England — The first glimpse of the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith was revealed on Tuesday ahead of the luxury car's debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
The semi-exposed silhouette of the Rolls-Royce Wraith indicates that the car will provide seating for four passengers.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith is based on a shortened-wheelbase version of the steel-bodied Ghost platform and is believed to be of more sporting character than the aluminum-bodied Phantom Coupe that the company already sells. Word is that the twin-turbo V12 engine of the Wraith develops over 600 horsepower and a thumping torque curve to make this the most powerful — and fastest — Rolls-Royce yet offered.
Rolls-Royce in a statement on Tuesday described the Wraith as a car that "evokes the pioneering spirit and lust for adventure that drove company forefather the Honourable Charles Rolls: the consummate gentleman racer. But like Rolls, Wraith will also be steeped in the trappings of luxury and opulence."
The Wraith features the unusual rear-hinged passenger doors of the Phantom Coupe and to judge by the length of its cabin, looks likely to provide luxurious seating for four adults.
The interior furnishings are expected to be particularly opulent and to capitalize on the company's considerable skills of craftsmanship.
Rolls-Royce last used the Wraith name in 1938, but this is the first time in decades that the company has conceived such an overtly sporting car, although you can expect more of a long-distance GT rather than an agile sport coupe. Rolls-Royce says it will be releasing more images of the Wraith in the run-up to the Geneva auto show.
Edmunds says: Apart from promising to be one of the world's most desirable luxury coupes, the Wraith takes Rolls-Royce down a more sporting path that will target former stablemate Bentley more directly. How long before Rolls-Royce mulls an SUV?