Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

5. The Drive

The Wraith is designed to be a driver’s car and it delivers on that promise. This yacht of an automobile will accelerate like a dragster hitting 60 miles an hour from a standstill in just 4.4 seconds. Attaining speed is truly effortless; it’s far too easy to be going way too fast in this car.

The big V12 is smoother than silken underwear with no offensive vibrations percolating through to the passenger compartment. It’s also pretty much silent, shooting you down the road like a bullet exiting the barrel of a silenced gun that’s been smothered by a pillow wrapped in noise-abating foam.

Copious amounts of torque mean you don’t have to rev the engine in order to get moving, just tickle the accelerator and hang on tight. Of course Wraith’s transmission is just as smooth, always picking the right gear and doing it with absolutely zero fuss.


Curiously the company has teamed the gearbox with GPS. Called a “Satellite Aided Transmission,” SAT for short, this system uses cutting-edge technology to monitor the road you’re on and how you’re driving. With this information it can accurately predict what gear you’re going to need for upcoming terrain.

The Wraith is every bit a Rolls-Royce, delivering unparalleled lavishness. But unlike past models it also offers an engaging on-road experience. This brand – and car – still define British luxury, even if the company is owned by the Germans.

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  • Truman

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


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