Rolls-Royce Wraith Event Details:
- Power of Perfection event hosted at The Thermal Club & Joshua Tree Park, CA
- Most powerful model ever produced | 6.6L twin-turbo V12 engine | 624hp, 590 lb-ft
- MSRP $284,900 (+D&H) | Gentleman’s GT | Technology rich
“Racetrack” and “Rolls-Royce” are words not often spoken in the same sentence. Catering to the upper crust means carrying oneself and driving habits in a finely controlled manner. It does not include the heavy braking and tire squeal common to a european car test. So you can imagine our excitement when invited to the latest Rolls-Royce Power of Perfection driving experience that placed the brand’s most powerful vehicle ever created on a closed circuit.
The latest Rolls-Royce Wraith is a gentleman’s sport tourer for the younger demographic. It is large, fast and rich in luxurious technology. Suitable as a daily driver, it is a car to let your hair down in and tactfully attack the road ahead.
The Power of Perfection event took place at The Thermal Club – a private motorsports playground currently under construction – in the Palm Springs/Coachella Valley area of Southern California. Amidst a cloudless desert day, a fleet of 6.6L twin-turbo V12 Wraith GTs alongside larger Ghost II and Phantom models exquisitely lied in wait. It was a sight capable of making Daddy Warbucks blush.
Catering to the bold new digital world, this was also the first social media-driven event Rolls-Royce has ever put on with future dates to come (see below). The goal: showcase the sportier Wraith to younger and prospective buyer clientele, highlighted via hashtag #rrpower.
2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith - First Drive
The Rolls-Royce Wraith is by no means a race car, even though its boosted V12 puts out a notable 624hp and 509 lb-ft of torque. It is quick but heavy and retains that magic carpet ride and luxury expected from the Spirit of Ecstasy brand. Based on the BMW 7-Series, the four-door wraith offers enough trunk room to fit three sets of golf clubs and a cabin roomy enough for a driver over six feet tall. At a base price of $284,900 (+D&H) it is more expensive than the larger Ghost II but rich in creature comforts and performance technology.
On the longish straights into the tight corners of the Thermal Club, it quickly became obvious just how rapidly this car accelerates – after all, it does sport the most powerful engine in the current lineup. The deep exhaust note, while audible, is very subdued for the likes of a V12 thanks to the heavily insulated interior. Power is on tap, though, within this big and luxurious sport tourer.
While tire screech is just not symbolic to the brand, a unique steering rack allows fast and positive steering feel at pace; it is much more throwable into corners. You do not need to turn the wheel as much to achieve the same effort. The Wraith is firmer and more composed than other models in the Rolls-Royce lineup. Body roll feels nearly non-existent as the suspension works to maintain a level ride. Advanced traction control and computer-managed braking keep occupants sweat-free under hard cornering and braking – the faint sound of tire squeal is the only indication of how hard the big GT is working outside. Finally, the satellite-aided 8-speed transmission automatically chooses the appropriate gear.
Fine Canadel wood paneling adorns the rear-hinged front door, giving the Wraith unique character. Two-tone paint is also an indicator of this model – although the two-tone design was first developed for the Ghost. A driver HUD highlights speed and GPS direction front and center, while 1340 fiber-optic LEDs in the starry-night headliner further calm the mood of passengers. Luxury of the highest order is what you’ll find within the Rolls-Royce Wraith cabin.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith is a gentleman’s sport tourer capable of rapid straight-line speed. It is an elite workhorse for the one percent shopping for a daily driver. On track its weight becomes more apparent, but on surface streets and highways it flows magnificently. This is sport touring at the next level and an example of the brand loosening its necktie to attract fresh faces.
Power of Perfection Schedule:
Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, NY - September 19-21
Palm Beach International Raceway Jupiter, FL - November 6-8
Photos also provided by Rolls-Royce