It appears Rolls-Royce love ghostly names...
The gentlemen from Goodwood have formally announced that Rolls-Royce will debut the all-new Wraith at the Geneva motor show in March before first deliveries start in the fourth quarter.
Moreover, it claims that the Wraith will become the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever to be made. No further information has been divulged, and the only picture that has been released so far is this teaser image, indicating a coupe body.
Will it be based on the Ghost?
Very likely, my friend. Since the Phantom II series is now complete with saloon, extended wheelbase version of it, coupe and convertible, the only other model range Rolls-Royce can turn to is the smaller Ghost.
The two-door Wraith will become the third body silhouette in the Ghost range after the saloon and long wheelbase variant to rival the Bentley Continental GT and Mercedes-Benz CL in the 20 million baht front of high-end coupes.
What's its power like?
The most economically sound strategy is to take the BMW-sourced twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12 and tune it to a competitive level.
That probably means taking the 570hp level used in the saloon to at least 600hp in order to corner both the standard GT and go-faster GT Speed, the latter topping 625hp.
Transmission for the Wraith would be an eight-speed automatic.
There aren't any downsized engines?
To our knowledge, not yet, because Rolls-Royce is about prestige and V12 power seemingly fits the bill.
However, it must be noted that Bentley is now offering a downsized twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 alongside the bi-turbo 6.0-litre W12 for those needing a better balance between performance and fuel economy.
As well, the first Wraith came with a straight-six engine in 1938, meaning that status may not always be linked with the number of cylinders a car has under the bonnet.
When's the open-top version coming?
Ha! That's the next obvious new Rolls-Royce after the Wraith. But it's still too early to tell, and it will be interesting to see what name Rolls-Royce intends to revive next time.
Last Wraith appeared in 1938 with straight-six engine.
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