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2013 Rolls Royce Wraith review, test drive

A sporty Rolls-Royce may sound like an oxymoron, but that’s exactly what the new Wraith is. We investigate.

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“At 60 miles per hour, the loudest noise in this new Rolls-Royce comes from the electric clock.” David Ogilvy’s rather inspired turn of phrase has come to define the prestigious brand in the minds of millions around the world. You simply do not hear anything in a Rolls-Royce. And that’s why, as I drive through some spectacular Austrian alpine countryside in the latest addition to the range, I’m feeling a bit confounded. You see, I’ve just heard a Rolls-Royce engine sounding like it means business, and it somehow doesn’t feel wrong. Will the world stop turning now?

While it will take a lot more than one perplexed motoring journalist to make the world stop turning, all it takes is one spectacular- looking, stunningly fast Rolls-Royce motorcar to make heads turn, even in one of the wealthiest parts of the world. It makes a substantial impression, this sub-five-second car named after a disembodied spirit. The most powerful Rolls ever built, the Wraith.

It’s only so often that an all-new model is conceived behind the hallowed doors at Goodwood, so before the covers came off the Rolls-Royce Wraith at Geneva earlier this year, the anticipation was immense and intense. And this car lived up to the hype. Based on the same chassis as the Ghost, the two-door luxury coupé stays true to its roots while seamlessly moving the brand into the 21st century with élan. The unmistakable Rolls-Royce grille remains proudly in place, but the Spirit of Ecstasy is now tilted forward by five degrees – a subtle reinforcement of the Wraith’s ‘coiled to spring’ stance. It’s this stance (viewed best from the rear three-quarter or in profile) that defines the Wraith, setting the tone for its performance on tarmac.

 

Fact File

Price Range (in lakhs)*

Ex-showroom price Rs 4.6 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Engine

Fuel Petrol
Installation Front, longitudinal
Type V12, 6592cc, twin-turbo petrol
Power 624bhp at 5400rpm
Torque 81.5kgm at 1500-5500rpm

Transmission

Gearbox 8-speed automatic

Dimensions

Length 5267mm
Width 1947mm
Height 1507mm
Wheel base 3112mm
Boot volume 470 litres

Economy

Tank size 83 litres

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