Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

3. Notable Features

As you’d expect, a car costing nearly $380,000 is going to have a few bells and whistles… and buzzers, claxons, chimes and beepers.

One of the first things you’ll notice about the Wraith is its fastback design. The car’s roofline gently tapers rearward from its apex at the top of the windshield, ultimately meeting up with the decklid. It’s a classic shape and one that’s been very tastefully rendered by designers in Goodwood.

2014-Rolls-Royce-Wraith-12.jpgAnother characteristic Rolls-Royce feature is the coach doors – suicide doors to commoners like me. Unlike other entrance portals they’re hinged at the rear and swing wide for easy access, though they can be a challenge to close when they’re fully extended. Fortunately they can be electrically operated, shut with the push of a button.

One frivolous sounding but breathtaking addition is the optional Starlight Headliner. This feature debuted on Rolls-Royce’s flagship Phantom but it’s now spread to the Wraith. For an additional $4,975 “craftspeople” will hand weave thousands of fiber optic lamps into the headliner (1,340 to be precise); they produce a soft, shimmering glow, particularly at night.

But the car we evaluated featured a number of pricey extras including lambs’ wool floor mats ($1,225), seat piping ($3,200), an “up lit Spirit of Ecstasy” hood ornament ($3,625), stainless steel pinstripes ($3,975) and color-keyed boot trim ($1,300), among other things.

  • Truman

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

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