Daniel Woodfield spent a week behind the wheel of the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith for a test and review. Often we find car designs either give you sportiness and lack a touch of luxury that we desire or we get the luxury but you are left feeling a bit disappointed with the sporty performance of our high-end ride. The Rolls-Royce Wraith fills both voids to the fullest, giving you the ultimate in luxury options and top tier performance that will leave you with a breathtaking experience.
From the head-on viewpoint the Wraith gives you the Rolls-Royce signature look, resembling the Phantom models with a robust grill and rectangular headlights. Stepping around the Wraith, you can begin to see the personality of the vehicle, a fastback sloped frame that gives way to a sculpted tail. The size of the Wraith is 17 feet, 3 inches long, 4 feet 11 inches tall, and weighs 5,380 lbs pounds, which allows you to command the entire road.
Under the hood the Wraith is powered by a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine rated at 624 horsepower. The surprisingly quiet engine has the capability to go 0 mph to 60 mph in an amazing 4.4 seconds, according to Rolls-Royce estimates, and the top speed is electronically governed at 155 mph. One would wonder how such a powerful and advanced engine does on gas mileage? Featuring a 26.4 gallon gas tank, we found that driving through the city and making a few runs on highway stretches the Wraith offered an average of 13 miles to the gallon, which is to be expected from a powerful V-12.
Leaving no stone unturned to give you the ultimate driving experience, Wraith hugs the road thanks to the innovative Satellite Aided Transmission. This system uses satellite GPS data to see the road ahead for you and pre-selects the proper gear as you drive. As we drove through the ever changing roads of Atlanta, we were very impressed with the Wraith’s amazing handling. The ultra smooth ride is assisted by 21″ rims featuring Rolls-Royce’s center cap that is “floating”, a staple in Rolls-Royce automobiles.
Opening up the suicide doors and stepping into the cabin of the Wraith the finest materials greet you from the moment you enter the vehicle. The premium camel leather seats piped in dark brown give you the ultimate in comfort as you are driving to your destination. The steering frame is large with all media options merely a finger touch away, volume controls, cruise, and bluetooth technology with voice command. The center console features a mouse like control that accesses all of the media options, giving you the feel of a smartphone more than your in-car entertainment system. The cameras around the Wraith give you a almost 360 degree view around the car, with a front, rear and two side cameras on the blinkers gives you the options to see anything that is around you. One option that we were impressed with was the night-vision front camera option that comes on the Wraith.
Finally, as if your experience with the Wraith has not blown you away, the Wraith comes with the Starlight option — previously available only on Phantom models — which offers over 1,300 tiny hand woven lights that give you the feel you are under a star filled sky. This amazing feature is the cherry on top of this amazing vehicle. The Rolls-Royce Wraith starts around $300,000USD, Daniel Woodfield’s Wraith was test with options that brought the ticket to $371,000USD. We have given the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith our official stamp of approval, you can head over to http://www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/ and find out how to contact a dealer to order your Wraith today.
Photos by Gavin Guidry and Michael Kusumadjaja of Daniel Woodfield
Review by Craig Maddox President of Daniel Woodfield