Rolls Royce Wraith Black Arrow is the brand’s last V12 coupe

    The Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow is limited to only 12 units and all of them are already spoken for.

    Published On Mar 23, 2023 02:42:00 PM


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    Rolls-Royce has revealed the Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow as its last V12-powered coupe, ahead of its switch to pure electric power. The special-edition Wraith marks 10 years of the coupe's production, which has been limited to just 12 units and is already sold out. Rolls-Royce refers to it as a “fitting finale” for the two door, four-seat coupe.

    The Black Arrow follows the Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge, which was launched in 2016, with the traditional Rolls-Royce special edition conventions of providing drivers with uprated power, brakes and suspension, as well as a unique interior.

    Rolls Royce Wraith Black Arrow exterior details 

    Finished almost entirely in black and silver, the Black Arrow draws inspiration from the famous, seven tonne, eight-wheeled, dual V12-powered Thunderbolt of 1938, which broke the land speed record by hitting a top speed of 575.33kph.

    The new Wraith also gets a glass-infused paint finish, and its bumper inserts, wheel pinstripes, V-struts, Spirit of Ecstasy and engravings are all finished in yellow, paying homage to the Thunderbolt. 

    On the inside, the Black Arrow features open-pore wood door lining, which Rolls-Royce says represents the Bonneville Salt Flats, where the Thunderbolt set its record.

    Meanwhile, the seats, armrests, transmission tunnel and lower dashboard are all finished in black 'Club Leather', while the steering wheel, seat tops and headrests are coloured yellow. 

    Rolls Royce Wraith Black Arrow interior and powertrain highlights

    The roof lining also has the highest number of LED lights ever used in a Rolls-Royce, with 2,117 fibre optic ‘stars’, arranged to depict the position of the stars in the Milky Way on the night of September 16, 1938 – the day of the record. 

    Rolls-Royce hasn’t revealed technical information of the car, nor a price tag. The Wraith Black Badge packs 632hp and 870Nm from its twin-turbocharged V12, so it is likely that the Black Arrow will offer similar performance figures. 

    “[The] Wraith is one of the most significant and influential cars we have ever made at Goodwood. Its extraordinary power, performance and presence opened the Rolls-Royce brand to an entirely new group of clients,” said Torsten Muller-Otvos, Rolls-Royce CEO.

    Next Rolls Royce coupe will be EV-only 

    In October last year, Rolls-Royce revealed its first ever electric car called the Spectre. The two-door, four-seat electric coupe is positioned as a spiritual successor to the long discontinued Phantom Coupe. The Spectre is based on the same Architecture of Luxury space-frame platform that also underpins the Phantom flagship saloon. Final technical details are not out, but preliminary data suggests the Spectre’s electric powertrain makes 585hp and 900Nm, and has a WLTP-range of 520km. The new EV coupe is a start to the British brand’s commitment to go EV-only by 2030.

    Also see: 

    Rolls Royce Phantom gets updated looks, equipment

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