Orange County Rolls-Royce aficionados received a special treat earlier this month when they were provided a firsthand look at the much-anticipated Rolls-Royce Wraith.
During an exclusive, invitation-only event on Aug. 1 and 2 at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Newport Beach, customers received a chance to ride and drive the most powerful vehicle the British automotive luxury brand has produced in its 109-year history, said Andrew Mortimer-Lamb, general manager at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Newport Beach.
By JOSEPH PIMENTEL / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Rolls-Royce Wraith at a glance
Base price: $285,000
Powertrain: twin-turbocharged 6.6 liter, V12 engine, 8-speed automatic ZF transmission
Horsepower: 624 @ 5,600 rpm
Torque: 590 lb @ 1,500 – 5,500 rpm
0 to 60 mph time: 4.4 seconds
Top speed: 155 mph
Launched at the New York Auto Show in March, the Wraith made an appearance in Newport Beach as part of a three-month U.S. tour to showcase the vehicle.
With a sportier and sleeker look, the two-door Wraith is designed to attract a younger demographic, said Dan Pund, deputy editor at Car and Driver.
The Wraith boasts a twin-turbocharged, 6.6-liter, 624-horsepower, V12 engine. It reportedly can go 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 155 mph. Drivers and passengers enter using coach-style doors, which provides a sense of style, drama and occasion, Mortimer-Lamb said.
“This is going to make a big splash,” Pund said. “The Wraith is unique in its appearance and it’s the most sporting-looking car Rolls-Royce has ever produced.”
But, Pund warns, the Wraith is not the average smaller, lighter-weight sports car. The Wraith weighs 5,300 pounds and is longer than a Chrysler mini-van, he said.
Still, the Wraith is an experience in speed, size and power, he said.
“I was skeptical at first,” Pund said. “I’m used to driving smaller sports cars. When you see this in person, it’s massive, but incredibly impressive. Driving it feels very spectacular. It’s very fast, but you can tell, they wanted to offer comfort first. It has suicide doors, so when you roll up in the Wraith, it makes a hell of an impression.”
The Wraith’s base price starts at $285,000. The Wraith is expected to hit show room floors in October.
Mortimer-Lamb said Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Newport Beach sold out its initial allotment of the Wraith until the end of the year.