Geneva Motor Show LIVE: Rolls-Royce Wraith, the gentlemen’s gran turismo image

Rolls-Royce has unveiled in Geneva its most powerful car ever: the 624HP Wraith fastback coupe.

Based on the Ghost’s platform, “the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history”, as the press release describes the Wraith, is powered by V12 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic ZF transmission. The car sprints from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.4 seconds, compared with 4.7 seconds for Ghost.

From 1,500 rpm there’s 800 Nm of torque available (780 Nm for Ghost), 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 minimise 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. Don’t mistake the Wraith for a hardcore GT though, as Rolls-Royce says „agility improvements have been achieved with absolutely no compromise to the sensation of riding on a bed of air.” So it will still ride like a Rolls-Royce, only faster.

On the inside, the Wraith accompanies its guests with a somptuos interior complete with softest Phantom-grade leathers and expanses of wood called Canadel Panelling. The interior ambiance is complemented by Starlight Headliner, a Bespoke feature available beyond Phantom family cars for the first time. 1,340 fibre optic lamps are hand-woven into the roof lining to give the impression of a glittering, starry night sky.

If you’re curious about pricing, the Wraith starts from €245,000 in Europe, with first deliveries to be made to customers in the final quarter of 2013.

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