Rolls-Royce Wraith

The Wraith attracts buyers who understand that they are getting the best of everything out of their car. The Wraith's power comes from a twin-turbocharged 6.6L V12 that makes a staggering 624 horsepower, sent to the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Despite weighing over 5,000 pounds, the Wraith can reach 60 mph in a claimed 4.4 seconds. But of course, no one is going to be taking their Wraith to the local drag strip to see what it can do; the Wraith is all about sustained, high speed cruising, to which it is wonderfully suited. Thanks in part to its long wheelbase, the Wraith has one of the best rides of any car available in the U.S. Yet because of its advanced chassis, well damped suspension and 20-inch wheels, it corners without much body roll. Drivers will find that the Wraith is a wonderful place to watch the miles melt away comfortably and easily. The cruise control will even slow down for corners and speed back up when exiting them.

There's much that can be said about the Rolls-Royce Wraith's styling: The front of the car looks upright and traditional, while the rear has a sloping fastback roofline that is both elegant and edgy. Rolls-Royce likes to say that the car has a touch of noir to it. Overall it's a bit of a departure from the normally conservative styling that Rolls-Royce is known for.

Being a Rolls-Royce, virtually everything is customizable. Exteriors are available in single shades or in myriad two-tone combinations. The interior color palette is also customizable, featuring a dizzying array of options including things like bespoke stitching in the leather or a buyer's choice of 16 different types of wood paneling. Seats can be optioned with a massaging function in addition to being heated and cooled. Even the kickplates come in a choice of three different styles.

More conventional amenities are of course available as well. The standard stereo system is a 1300-watt affair that features eighteen speakers and sounds amazing. Convenience features available include a "Comfort access" system which unlocks the door at a touch of the handle, and a trunk that can be accessed via a sweep of the foot under the rear bumper. Lambswool carpeting and a roof stitched with LED lights to resemble a starry night are just a couple of the other outlandish options available on the Wraith that help to make it one of the finest luxury touring cars money can buy.

Editors' Review

The Wraith is Rolls-Royce's full-size, grand touring coupe. It measures 207.4 inches from nose to tail, and sports a 122.5-inch wheelbase. The design leads with the vertical slats of Rolls' "phantom grille" and follows up with a sweeping roofline that flows smoothly and near seamlessly from the base of A-pillar to the rear decklid. The proportions and sparse sculpting and detailing lend the Wraith a heavy, solid appearance -- as if machined from a solid block of steel -- that is backed up by both the quality of its construction.

It's an imposing machine, both figuratively and physically.

The Black Badge package adds $50,000 to the Wraith's $330,000 starting price, bringing both performance upgrades and styling tweaks to the party. In addition to a torquier engine tune, there's also a throatier exhaust (which you can still barely hear in the Roller's coffin-quiet cabin), a set of 21-inch carbon-alloy composite wheels and a more dynamic Sport setting for the standard self-leveling air suspension, for more lively handling. 

Of course, the suite also adds black badges, black detailing and a dark chrome Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament to the exterior, along with what Rolls calls "technical fiber" trim to the cabin.

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The Good ~ Super smooth V12 performance ~ Bespoke ultra-luxurious cabin ~ Unique amenities you'll only find on a Rolls-Royce

The Bad ~ Cabin tech is a decade old. ~ Exterior design is a tad dull.

The Bottom Line The 2020 Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge is a luxurious GT like no other, marred only by decade-old dashboard tech.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9
  • Features 10
  • Design 7
  • Media 5

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