As a nation of car lovers, the Rolls Royce Wraith has become a household name in the world of luxury cars. While the globally renowned brand is not necessarily known for specialising in sports-inspired models, the Wraith remains the closest Rolls Royce to a sportscar.
Here at Royal Rentals, we share a passion for all things prestige car-related. After providing the Wraith as part of our luxury car hire in London and surrounding areas for many years, we have been lucky enough to get behind the wheel of the world-class model several times. With this in mind, we have put together the ultimate Rolls Royce Wraith review, from the sleek interior to all-important drive.
Introducing Our Rolls Royce Wraith Review
The Wraith has been described as the “most powerful and dynamic Rolls Royce in history” – and we must admit, we couldn’t have put it better! While the term “Wraith” has first introduced by the global brand in the 1930s, the idea was put on halt while designers focused on making world-class racing cars. More information on the history of Rolls Royce, including ten interesting facts, can be found on Catawiki.
After years of perfecting models to the exceptional standard we know then as now, the Wraith was re-introduced and it was most definitely worth the wait. Today, the Wraith, as mentioned previously, is the closest Rolls Royce model to a sportscar. While there has been a keen focus on building the vehicle for speed, the brand, unsurprisingly, hasn’t compromised on ensuring every aspect is dripping in luxury. From a sleek exterior to a super comfortable interior, you couldn’t ask for more from the model. So, without further delay, let’s delve deeper into the world of the Wraith.
The core design of the Wraith is based on the Rolls Royce Phantom, also known as ‘The Ghost’. According to an insightful article by Top Speed, in just their first six years of release, back in 1925, over 3,000 Phanton models were built in both England and America. With the success of the timeless Phantom in mind, Rolls Royce promised to make the Wraith bigger and better than any vehicle seen before from the brand.
With a starting price of the Wraith just over £250,000, the design retains the stylish Phantom-inspired aesthetics, yet with a 10% increase in power. The model features an all-steel body, which is brazed by hand using the finest craftsmanship. Components are meticulously sanded and custom painted to fit the vision of every Wraith owner.
In terms of differences between the Wraith and Phantom, the Wraith is designed with a 24mm increase in the rear axle track and roofline that is 50mm closer to the road.
The most popular Wraiths remain the staple black or white models; both of which are truly magnificent. Royal Rentals are proud to have both the white Wraith and black Wraith available as part of our prestige car hire in London and surrounding areas. If you’re interested in booking a five-star hire experience, then please do not hesitate to get into contact!
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The interior of the Rolls Royce Wraith is, as always, undeniably the most significant selling point. There have been absolutely no expenses spared when designing the Wraith interior. Each component has been carefully polished with a keen eye for detail, making the appearance simply faultless, encapsulating all things luxury.
The leather seats have been described as the “softest in the business” and have been partnered with rustic wood panelling. The panelling spans the length of the fascia, along with the doors, for a truly ‘million dollar yacht feel’. Even the smallest aspects have been taken into consideration, such as handles which are designed in chrome.
While the aesthetics of the Wraith remain traditional Rolls Royce style, the brand hasn’t lacked in integrating the latest, innovative technology. Hidden behind a seamless sliding wood panel, you will find a full 10.3-inch multimedia screen. The screen includes an iDrive inspired rotary controller to customise all audio features, apps and menus. And of course, the rotary controller has been made using handcrafted crystal cut glass.
When it comes to functionality and comfort, the Wraith couldn’t be more attentive. Although the model includes rear-hinged doors, these can be automatically closest just with a touch of a button.
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The Performance And Drive
For those self-confessed petrolheads, we have come to the most exciting part, the performance and drive of the Rolls Royce Wraith. The Wraith, as you would expect from any luxury brand, features a twin-turbo V2 engine. Despite a curb weight of an enormous 2435kg, the model is more than capable of propelling itself from 0-60mph in as little as 4.4 seconds – the same as the Bentley Continental GT.
While the performance abilities are the same as the famous Bentley model, there is one significant difference – the engine noise. Trigger the dashboard-mounted start button, and the Wraith is virtually silent, allowing you to glide through anything from the motorway to highstreet with ease. The suspension soaks up everything with absolutely no fuss.
When behind the wheel of the Wraith, you are completely isolated from any engine noise or vibration, allowing the ultimate peaceful driving experience. The steering wheel is enhanced and super lightweight, allowing full focus on taking on the roads effortlessly. Again, gear changes couldn’t be more straightforward, smooth and hassle-free.
The only recognised downside the drive of the Rolls Royce Wraith can be spotted when turning tight corners at high speed. There is a slight pause before the bonnet moves in your desired direction; the rest of the car will then continue to follow. While this may take a little getting used to, it most definitely is an aspect that drivers will familiarise themselves with after a few journeys.
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The Wraith – Luxurious In All Shape And Form
After spending time drilling down each component of the Rolls Royce Wraith, it is no surprise that the model is virtually faultless. With an appearance guaranteed to make heads turn, accompanied by a smooth drive only seen in dreams, Rolls Royce most definitely hit the jackpot with the Wraith.
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