Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

2. Powertrain Performance

Motivating this leather-lined, timber-clad cruise missile is a suitably gentlemanly engine. Cylinders are best when they can be counted by the dozen and Wraith owners have an even 12 to play with.

Displacing 6.6 liters this monster engine is bolstered by all the latest internal-combustion goodies including things like dual turbochargers and direct fuel injection. As a result, the company claims it’s the most powerful Rolls-Royce in history. Obviously this excludes things like Merlin-powered Hawker Hurricanes or the Trent 1000s slung under the wings of a Boeing 787.


All told the Wraith’s brake horsepower totals 624 at 5,600 revolutions per minute; torque hits 590 lb-ft between 1,500 and 5,500 RPM. An eight-speed automatic transmission routs these goods to the car’s rear wheels. Needless to say the Wraith feels effortless out on the road; speed limits really need to be three times higher to adequately accommodate its performance.

  • Truman

    Ugh I don’t get it. Why would you buy one of these things ever. They are so ugly.


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