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New York Auto Show Welcomes Wraith - The Most Powerful Rolls-Royce Motor Car In History

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Rolls-Royce Wraith

NEW YORK--March 27, 2013:

  • Two-tone Wraith presented in Midnight Sapphire II with Cassiopeia Silver upper breaks cover in New York
  • Elegant fastback design points to most powerful Rolls-Royce ever: 624 bhp and 590 ft lbs torque from 1,500 rpm : 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds (100 kp/h in 4.6)
  • New Satellite Aided Transmission reads the road ahead, using GPS mapping to ensure correct gear is always pre-selected
  • Voice activated connectivity augments effortlessness - the 'on-board valet'
  • Fully four-seat configuration and a sumptuous, contemporary and yacht-like interior cabin

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly presents Rolls-Royce Wraith in New York, the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history. It is a model steeped in hallmark Rolls-Royce luxury, refinement and hand-craftsmanship, but with a unique character defined by power, style and drama. With just a hint of the noir.

"We believe Rolls-Royce Wraith is the car our great founding forefather and adventurer The Honourable Charles Rolls would have driven were he alive today," commented Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "And that is why I am proud to present this beautiful two-tone Wraith in New York today. This nation was built on a pioneering spirit and sense of adventure and that's why I have no doubt the United States will be Wraith's most enthusiastic market in the years ahead."

Wraith's sweeping fastback gives the car its unique character. Bold lines, tension in the panels and a raked rear screen evoke the image of an athlete poised in the starting blocks. Further expression of dynamic intent can be seen in Wraith's deeply recessed grill, wide rear track and dramatic Midnight Sapphire and Cassiopeia Silver two-tone presentation.

Coach doors open to reveal a sumptuous interior complete with softest Phantom-grade leathers and expanses of wood. Named after the famous cove in the South of France where Sir Henry Royce and his design and engineering teams spent their winters, the Canadel wood finish sweeps through the contemporary interior, cosseting four occupants in a space bathed in light and warmth.

The interior ambiance is complemented by Starlight Headliner, a Bespoke feature available beyond Phantom family cars for the first time. 1,340 fiber optic lamps are hand-woven into the roof lining to give the impression of a glittering, starry night sky.

Performance delivers on the promise of Wraith's styling. Power delivery is effortless, but dramatic, thanks to a Twin-turbocharged V12 engine married to 8-speed automatic ZF transmission. 624 bhp is available to the driver while the 0-60 mph sprint is achieved in 4.4 seconds, compared with 563 bhp and 0-60 in 4.7 seconds for Ghost.

From 1,500 rpm 590 ft lbs of torque is available, while a wide rear track, shorter wheelbase and lower roof height further contribute to the most powerful, involving driving experience of any Rolls-Royce in history. The car's suspension has also been tuned to minimize body roll and discreetly amplify feedback when cornering; while steering weight is heavier at high speeds and lighter at low speeds adding to the spirited drive.

However, Wraith is no GT bruiser. Agility improvements have been achieved with absolutely no compromise to the sensation of riding on a bed of air. Furthermore, the debut of Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT) technology takes the powertrain to a new level of effortless delivery, one that perfectly suits the Rolls-Royce brand.

Satellite Aided Transmission uses GPS data to read the road ahead. It sees beyond what the driver sees, anticipating his next move based on location and current driving style, then selects the most appropriate gear for the terrain ahead. Corners, motorway junctions and roundabouts are all anticipated meaning Wraith is constantly poised to deliver on its promise of performance.

A more polished, effortless driving experience and even better response brings an even more dynamic dimension to the famous Rolls-Royce trait, waftability.

For over a century a Rolls-Royce motor car has featured technologies designed to support occupants discreetly, delivering a peerless driving experience epitomised by the term 'effortlessness'. In every Rolls-Royce these assist the driver when called upon, but are prepared to return without fuss to the background when no longer required.

Advances in mechanical and electrical technology deliver systems like head-up display, adaptive headlights and Wraith's keyless opening boot. But improvements in connectivity have taken the human-machine interface to a new level of sophistication, a suite of aids that could be likened to a contemporary on-board valet.

Voice activation commands, for example, come with a one-touch call button located on the steering wheel. A destination no longer requires manual input from a navigation menu and route assistance begins immediately, on-screen and via audio guidance following a voice command such as "navigate to Rockefeller Center, New York."

Additional improvements in communications come in the design and functionality of the elegant Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller. This allows navigation through on-screen functions using a touch pad that features pinch and pull functionality to echo smart phone usage. Letters can also be 'drawn' onto the pad by hand rather than by scrolling through a series of available characters on-screen.

Wraith will cost around $295,000 in North America: first deliveries will be made to customers in the final quarter of 2013.


Rolls-Royce Wraith


Vehicle length

5269 mm / 207.4"

Vehicle width

1947 mm / 76.7"

Vehicle height (unladen)

1507 mm / 59.3"


3112 mm / 122.5"

Turning circle

12.7 m / 41.7 ft

Boot Volume (DIN)

470 ltr / 16.6 ft3


Unladen Weight (DIN)

2360 kg / 5203 lb


Engine / cylinders / valves

V / 12 / 48

Fuel management

Direct injection

Power output @ engine speed

624  bhp /  465 kW @ 5,600 rpm

Max torque @ engine speed

590 lb ft  / 800 Nm @  1,500-5,500 rpm

Fuel type

Super unleaded1


Top speed

250 km/h / 155 mph (governed)

Acceleration 0 - 60 mph

4.4 sec

Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h

4.6 sec