Rolls-Royce Wraith Gets Fastback Design

2013 Geneva Auto Show


  • Rolls-Royce Wraith Picture

    Rolls-Royce Wraith Picture

    The upcoming Rolls-Royce Wraith will get a fastback design. | February 26, 2013

2013 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Rolls-Royce Wraith, which is set to debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show, will feature a fastback design.
  • Rolls-Royce issued a final teaser image of the car on Tuesday.
  • Rolls-Royce is following a major trend in the luxury market, one that puts a premium on sportier roof lines.

GENEVA — The Rolls-Royce Wraith , which is set to debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show, will feature a fastback design, the first time in decades that the luxury automaker has launched such an overtly sporting car.

Rolls-Royce issued a final teaser image of the car on Tuesday, noting that three lines underscore the car's "striking profile."

Rolls-Royce is following a major trend in the luxury market, one that puts a premium on sportier roof lines. The Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS are two examples of luxury cars with the fastback profile.

"Inherent in the graceful line that sweeps from the top of the screen to the very rear edge is the promise of fast, yet effortless touring," said Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce design director, in a statement that accompanied the final teaser image of the Wraith.

The Wraith is expected to provide seating for four passengers. It is based on a shortened-wheelbase version of the steel-bodied Ghost platform.

Rolls-Royce last used the Wraith name in 1938.

Edmunds says: The Wraith gets a fastback look, but buyers can expect more of a long-distance GT than an agile sport coupe.

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