2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith

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Unlike the Ghost or Dawn, Rolls Royce Wraith is crafted specifically for the driver. 2017 avatar of the Wraith is just as powerful and luxurious as the previous facelifts. Practically, there is almost an overabundance of options that one can use to fine-tune the car as per matching one's personality and preference.

2017 Rolls Royce Wraith boasts a mighty, and, of course, throaty, 6.6L 12-cylinder engine. The robust engine produces massive 624 hp of power in addition to an impressive 605 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2017 incarnation of Wraith relies on an 8-speed automatic transmission mode for gear-shifting. It is responsive and nimble in every gear.


Two major competitors to the Rolls Royce Wraith are AMG S 65 Class and Bentley GT Speed Continental Coupe. Both grand tourers offer better torque and make use of a 6L engine. 2017 Rolls Royce Wraith thwarts both competitors with intricately-designed interiors and an awe-aspiring persona.

2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith Features

There is only a single trim available for the 2017 Rolls. However, there are several optional features to customize the car as per your requirements. Pricing options for the trim start from $315,700, a hefty but obvious price-tag for a Rolls Royce. 20-inch wheels and a self-adjusting air suspension are available as standard features. There are several optional wheel configurations available too.

Trim Rolls Royce Wraith 2 dr
MSRP $315,700
Key Features
  •  20-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive xenon headlights with automatic high-beam control, a self-adjusting air suspension,
  • Keyless ignition and entry, power-closing rear-hinged "coach" doors, hands-free trunk opening and closing, auto-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel,
  • Cruise control with upcoming curve detection, leather upholstery and trim, wood accents, eight-way power-adjustable front seats with heating (and four-way power lumbar), front-seat massage functions, driver-seat memory settings, lane departure warning and a head-up display. Also standard are a surround-view camera system, four-zone automatic climate control,
  • Bluetooth connectivity, a 10.3-inch center display screen, a navigation system, voice controls, concierge services, and an 18-speaker sound system with a CD/DVD player, satellite and HD radio, digital music storage and a USB port.

Keyless ignition and entry are also available as a standard feature with the 2017 Wraith. Other important standard features include 8-way power-adjustable front seats and a hands-free trunk.

2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith Engine

'The Wraith may be Rolls-Royce's most driver-focused vehicle, but if you're expecting a lithe and nimble sports car, look elsewhere. Yes, with its twin-turbo V12 that heaves out 624 horsepower, the Wraith can certainly hustle."- KBB

Engine and Transmission

With the 6.6L 12-cylinder engine, Wraith is capable of delivering a power-packed performance. It makes use of an 8-speed automatic transmission. The ride has 624 hp of power and 605 lb.-ft. of torque at its disposal. Comparatively, Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 offers the slightly lesser power of 621 hp of power. However, it offers a powerful 738 lb.-ft. of torque.

Models Rolls Royce Wraith Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65  Bentley GT Speed Continental Coupe
MSRP $315,700 $236,250 $240,300
Engine 6.6L 12 cyl 6.0 L 12 cyl 6.0 L 12 cyl
Transmission 8-speed Automatic 7-speed Automatic 8-speed Automatic
Horsepower 624 hp 621 hp 633 hp
Torque 605 lb.-ft. 738 lb.-ft. 620 lb.-ft.

Bentley GT Speed Continental Coupe delivers the most power of 633 hp in the segment. Moreover, the ride offers 620 lb.-ft. of torque, less than that to the S 65 but more than that offered by the Wraith. Unlike Continental and Rolls, the Benz relies on a 7-speed automatic for gear-shifting.

Acceleration

The 2017 avatar of the Wraith has a nimble and responsive acceleration. 2017 Rolls Royce Wraith is able to accelerate to 60 MPH in mere 4.4 seconds. This is 0.1 and 0.5 seconds more than that taken by the GT Speed Continental Coupe and AMG S 65, respectively.

Models Rolls Royce Wraith Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65  Bentley GT Speed Continental Coupe
0-60 MPH 4.4 sec 3.9 sec 4.3 sec
Quarter mile 12.5 sec 12.0 sec  11.7 sec
Engine 6.6 Liters 6.0 Liters 6.0 Liters

While the Wraith is able to cover a quarter-mile in 12.5 seconds, AMG S 65 Class achieves the same in merely 12 seconds. However, it is the Bentley GT Speed Continental Coupe that offers the best quarter-mile coverage time of 11.7 seconds.

Ride and Handling

Rolls Royce claims that Wraith is the quickest and most powerful car ever crafted by them. Sitting on the driver’s seat for the very first time gives the impression of Rolls Royce Ghost. However, the difference becomes more and more apparent as you race it. The hearty V12 engine is coupled with a satellite-backed 8-speed ZF for an impeccable performance.

The Wraith boasts a precise steering. its rear-wheel-drive chassis is complemented by a well-balanced air-suspension. As such, the grand tourer ensures the passengers enjoy a ride, regardless of the road condition.

Braking

The 2017 Wraith has a fairly balanced and powerful braking system. Unlike its class rivals, the supercar flaunts almost equal-sized brakes. There is merely a 0.1-inch difference in the brakes size. Bentley GT Speed Continental Coupe has the biggest front brake, which measures 15.9 inches.

Model Rolls Royce Wraith Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65  Bentley GT Speed Continental Coupe
Brake Front (in.) 14.6 14.2 15.9
Brake Rear (in.) 14.7 15.4 13.2
Curb Weight (lbs.) 5380 4839 5115
60-0 MPH (ft.) 109 105 111

On the other hand, Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 boasts the biggest rear brake of 15.4 inches. During emergency braking, the Wraith is able to halt at a distance of 109 feet when decelerated furiously from 60 MPH. Comparatively, S 65 and Continental Coupe requires 105 and 111 feet, respectively.

2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith Fuel Economy

Fuel economy isn’t a true consideration when going for a Rolls Royce. Anyways, the Rolls delivers 12 mpg in cities and 19 mpg on highways. Overall, it offers a combined fuel economy of 15 mpg.

Model Rolls Royce Wraith Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65  Bentley GT Speed Continental Coupe
MPG (city) 12 13 12
MPG (highway) 19 21 21
MPG (combined) 15 16 15

The Bentley Coupe also offers a mileage of 15 mpg. The AMG, on the other hand, offers a slightly better-combined fuel economy of 21 mpg.

2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith Interior

“The Wraith's interior is a sea of exotic materials as far as the eye can see. The Wraith exceeds any expectation of opulence and how "the very best" is supposed to look and feel.”- edmunds

Seating and Comfort

All Rolls Royce rides are about delivering maximum comfort, to which the Wraith is no exception. The ride has enough space for 4 passengers. In the front, you get 39.4 and 41.5 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively. The seats are comfy and adjustable to a great degree.

Model Rolls Royce Wraith Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65  Bentley GT Speed Continental Coupe
Passenger capacity 4 4 4
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.4/59.0/41.5 40.0/60.6/- 39.6/-/42.3
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.0/54.7/36.9 36.7/54.1/- 36.5/-/30.2

2017 Rolls Royce offers 37 and 36.9 inches of headroom and legroom in the rear. Both are greater than that offered by the AMG S 65 and the Continental. Like the front seats, rear ones are comfortable and adjustable.

Infotainment System

The Wraith packs the powerful iDrive interface from BMW. This is probably because of the association of Rolls Royce with the German automobile maker. As such, the infotainment system, as well as the navigation electronics built into the Wraith, are simply impressive.

Support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is available. The infotainment system allows you to tune in to your favorite radio channels as well as connect via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies. The touchpad inlay, dubbed Spirit of Ecstasy, and harp strum chime is unique to Wraith’s iDrive interface.

Interior Features

As of now, Wraith is endorsed as the most powerful ride offered. Even though the ride is not the sportiest grand tourer, it is perhaps the most lavish and deluxe. 2017 Rolls Royce Wraith flaunts an opulent interior that includes:

  • Leather-lush cabin with gorgeous wood inlays
  • Plush lambswool mats
  • Perforated ceiling with over 1,000 individually woven slashes
  • Multiple optional features to customize the insides
  • Spacious, comfy seating
  • A perfectly positioned instrument cluster

Cargo Capacity

With rear seats up, the Rolls flaunts an acceptable cargo volume of 16.6 cubic feet. On the contrary, the Mercedes offers only 10.4 cubic feet of the storage space. Bentley has 12.6 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seats up.

Model Rolls Royce Wraith Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 Bentley GT Speed Continental Coupe
Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3) 16.6 10.4 12.6

Though Rolls Royce offers the most cargo space among its fraternity, it is relatively lesser than compared to its overall size.

2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith Exterior

“To our eye, the Wraith is at its best when seen from the front three-quarters. That's where you can get full display of its rear-hinged doors swinging open to easily grant passengers entry and exit.”- Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

Like any other Rolls Royce, Wraith is a royal car that has stretched dimensions. The ride flaunts the length, width, and height of 208.1, 76.7, and 59.3 inches, respectively. Each of the dimensions is the maximum in the segment. The Continental Coupe has the smallest length and height of 189.7 and 54.8 inches, respectively.

Model Rolls Royce Wraith Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 Bentley GT Speed Continental Coupe
Curb weight (lbs.) 5380 4839 5115
Length(in) 208.1 198.6 189.7
Width(in) 76.7 75.3 76.7
Height(in) 59.3 56.1 54.8
Ground clearance (in) 6.69 4.45 5.59
Wheelbase (in) 122.5 115.9 108.0
Track width (in) F/R 63.9/65.7 64.0/64.4 65.6/65.8

Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 flaunts the smallest width of 75.3 inches in the segment. The Wraith has the most curb weight of 5380 lbs. in the competition. Moreover, it has the maximum ground clearance and wheelbase of 6.69 and 122.5 inches, respectively.

Exterior Features

The 2-door shape of 2017 Rolls Royce is a delight to lay eyes upon. With its elongated structure, the ride looks like a luxury room built on top of wheels. There are several great exteriors features belonging to the ride, including:

  • Booted rear end
  • Fastback body
  • Perforated leather roof liner
  • Rakish roofline
  • Rear-hinged coach doors
  • Starlight Headliner option
  • Super-raked C-pillar

2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith Safety

NHTSA and IIHS ratings aren’t available for the 2017 Rolls Royce Wraith. Nonetheless, the royal grand tourer comes with galore of safety and reliability features. For instance, the ride comes with the standard ESC, ABS, Driveline Traction Control, and Roll Stability Control security features.

Side impact beams are available with the Wraith. The ride features the Rolls-Royce Assist Emergency S.O.S. service too. Furthermore, low tire pressure warning and a backup camera are also added as standard safety features.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control...
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Rolls-Royce Assist Emergency S.O.S
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height...
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Front Camera
  • Left Side Camera
  • Right Side Camera

2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith Competition

Rolls Royce Wraith vs Bentley GT Speed Continental Coupe

One of the prime competitors to the 2017 Rolls Royce is the Bentley GT Speed Continental Coupe. The ride flaunts a 6.0L 12-cylinder engine, capable of generating 633 hp of power and 620 lb.-ft. of torque. Both feats are slightly better than that offered by the Rolls Royce Wraith. Speed has a smaller wheelbase as well as lesser ground clearance than the Wraith.

Just like the Wraith, Speed Continental Coupe flaunts an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. The ride offers slightly better performance than the Rolls Royce Wraith. However, it takes 2 feet more than its rival for stopping during emergency braking scenarios. Both grand tourers have the same combined fuel economy of 15 mpg.

Rolls Royce Wraith vs Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 

The opening bid for Mercedes Benz AMG S 65 starts from $236,250. This is about $79k less than that of the Rolls Royce Wraith. AMG S 65 offers slightly less engine power of 621 hp but a supermassive 738 lb.-ft. of torque. Under the bonnet, the ride packs a 6.0L 12-cylinder engine, just like the Speed Continental Coupe.

AMG S 65 outshines the competition in terms of performance. The ride takes a mere 3.9 seconds for hitting 60 MPH and covers a quarter-mile in just 12 seconds. Moreover, it has a slightly better-combined fuel economy of 16 mpg than its rivals. However, neither the ride has the same spaciousness as that of the 2017 Rolls Royce Wraith and nor the same level of opulence.

2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith Final Verdict

2017 Rolls Royce Wraith is all about luxury, comfort, and a smooth driving experience. The ride might not be the best sports coupe available but is the most luxurious ride to venture onto a grand tour.

To take the Rolls Royce impact even to the next level, Wraith comes with a diverse range of options to choose from. These are available for the insides as well as the outsides of the grand tourer. However, the price climbs just as quickly as the appeal of the supercar with every new addition.

Pros

Detailed, exquisite cabin with intricate craftsmanship

A great level of customization

Bold persona

Unique driving experience

Only premium material construction.

Cons

Blind-spot monitoring and related advanced safety tech is unavailable

Relatively smaller trunk

Below average fuel economy.

What's New?

Driver's Assistance Systems One package.

Enhanced Torque - The total amount of torque available to the Wraith is increased from 590 lb.-ft. from the previous facelift to 605 lb.-ft. in the 2017 avatar.

Introduction of the Black Badge - A new variant dubbed Black Badge is now available. The variant enhances the sportier feel of the Wraith in addition to upgrading the suspension. Moreover, the engine torque peaks to 642 lb.-ft.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$315700

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

402 cu. in.

horsepower

624 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

605 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.6 in. ventilated disc brakes/14.7 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

122.5 in.

length

208.1 in.

width

76.7 in.

height

59.3 in.

curb weight

5380 lbs.

ground clearance

6.69 in.

capacity

passenger volume

111.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

13 cu ft.

payload capacity

770 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

162 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

43814 mpg

highway range

416.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/unlimited

drivetrain warranty

4 years/unlimited

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith in Infinity Black color  2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith in Platinum Gray Metallic color  2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith in Midnight Sapphire Blue Metallic color
Infinity Black

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith 2dr Coupe

2dr Coupe

power
624 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
15 combined

$315,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (6.6L 12cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $315,700 MSRP (12/15/19) 624 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.6 L, V12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4 NA