2018 Rolls-Royce Wraith

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Detailed Review

Carrying forward Sir Henry Royce’s vision: “Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it.”, the Rolls Royce Company released the latest iteration of its performance-oriented luxury Grand Tourer.

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Pros

Unmatched luxury

Dynamic sound isolation

Unlimited customization

Cons

Add-ons are expensive

Lack of RPM meter

Rear seats are hard to access

What's New?

Employing the don’t fix what’s not broken philosophy Rolls Royce manages to capture the essence of the Wraith. The 2018 version offers no performance or cosmetic overhauls since the 2017 version. Only a few interior options have been added to the long list of customizations available.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$322500

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

6-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

14.6 in./14.7 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

122.5 in.

length

208.1 in.

width

76.7 in.

height

59.3 in.

curb weight

5380 lbs.

ground clearance

6.45 in.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

43814 mpg

highway range

416.1 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Rolls-Royce Wraith in Anthracite color
Anthracite

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Rolls-Royce Wraith base

base

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

$320,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (6.6L 12cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $320,500 MSRP (12/15/19) 624 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.6 L, V12, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4   Anthracite
  Arctic White
  Inca Gold

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial May 7, 2019

Boasting a turbocharged 6.6L V12 engine, this heavyweight delivers a monumental 624 hp of power. This ensures that the almost five and a half thousand-pound automobile marvel is never out of juice.

In comparison to the automotive marvels in its segment, the Rolls Royce offer a distinct feeling of pride. This artwork on wheels feels like an extension of your own personality as compared to the Mercedes AMG and the Bentley Continental GT Speed.

2018 Rolls-Royce Wraith Features

The Wraith only has one other trim called the Black Badge which follows the blacker than black theme. The Black Badge truly encapsulates the viewers with its darker theme, the space age inspired interiors and higher horsepower.

Trim

Wraith GT coupe

Wraith Black Badge

MSRP

$320,000

$365,370

Key Features

  • 6.6L V12 engine
  • 624hp
  • Bespoke customizations
  • Starlit Headliner
  • Wooden panel on the inside
  • 6.6L V12 engine
  • 642hp
  • Aerospace design inspired interiors

The highly bespoke and customizable Wraith blurs the line between art, luxury, and automotive excellence to create a state of the art road-borne experience. Starlit headliner, adaptive headlights excellent horsepower and a redesigned rear end are what makes this stand out.

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Adding a monumental 50k in the already expensive car just for a little performance and mostly cosmetic differences does not seem worth it. The GT coupe is a better and more holistic package as compared to the aforementioned Black Badge.

2018 Rolls-Royce Wraith Engine

Interesting one this, because although Rolls-Royce has determined that this is it's quickest and most powerful car ever when you first get into it, it feels a bit like a Ghost - wafty, silent, easy.- Top Gear

Engine and Transmission

The 2 door coupe comes with a well-endowed twin turbo 6.6L V12 engine which delivers a staggering 624 hp which will be more than enough for a 5,379 lbs finesse machine.

The 8 speed ZF auto which communicates with Sat Nav and preps the car for the road ahead. Combine that with 605 lb-ft of torque and you get the beloved Rolls Royce riding experience.

Models

Rolls Royce Wraith

Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 Class

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.

The Rolls is quieter and less shivery at higher speeds than its prime competitor the Bentley Continental GT. The low button on the gear lever is the closest thing the Rolls Royce offers to a sport mode. It makes the gear changes a bit quicker and aggressive.

Acceleration

With just 4.4s on the clock, the acceleration on the Rolls is impressive but lags behind its competitors by just a hair. Taking into account that the Wraith is primarily a luxury car this small detail can easily be overlooked.

Models

Rolls Royce Wraith

Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 Class

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

The Mercedes and the Bentley have better acceleration times but you are definitely not going to race these cars on the road any time soon.

Ride and Handling

This car glides and swerves smoothly and is a joy to ride even after being a heavy beast. The 8 speed ZF auto aids the driving immensely and accentuates the whole driving pleasure.

The Rolls Royce is an all-out luxury vehicle and the fallacies of one are highlighted when turning on as there is a quite a bit of delay, oversteering is also a common occurrence. It takes a significant time for the car to steer into a turn and there is a delay between the time we turn the steering wheel and the time it takes for the bonnet to follow.

While going out of the turn you can feel the lazy back end making the turn in a very heavy manner and can be felt at higher speeds. When in full throttle mood the one piece windows sans the B pillar also makes significant noise due to the wind.

Braking

The middle ground of the three cars we are taking into consideration, Wraith has a braking distance of 109 feet for 60-0 Mph. The fact that the Rolls is the highest weighted contender and manages to fare better than the Bentley GT speed Continental only adds to its accolades.

Model

Rolls Royce Wraith

Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 Class

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

2018 Rolls-Royce Wraith Fuel Economy

The fuel economy of the Rolls is less on the highway but with a city mileage of 12 it more than makes up for it. A luxury yacht in the form of a car comes with its own perks and shortcomings.

Model

Rolls Royce Wraith

Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 Class

Bentley GT Speed Continental Coupe

MPG (city)

12

13

12

MPG (highway)

19

21

21

MPG (combined)

15

16

15

Not the most economical but still surprisingly good for a V12 the Wraith gives a combined Mpg of 15 which is on par with the Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 and the Bentley GT speed continental coupe.

2018 Rolls-Royce Wraith Interior

One of the Wraith's strongest points: book-matched, gorgeous wood, leather softer than butter, and all the good technology nicked from top-end BMWs. That tech is well disguised as well, hidden beneath a classy veneer of Rolls- Royce fonts and glassware, plastics and lacquer. If it had a toilet, you'd want to live in it.- Top Gear

Seating and Comfort

The 4 seater cruiser has comfortable leather seats which are a joy to sit on and emit an aura of exuberance to everyone present in the car. Similar to a luxury yacht the Wraith ensures you are wrapped in a blanket of comfort whilst riding, making it a pleasant experience rather than a vehicle used to go from point A to point B.

Model

Rolls Royce Wraith

Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 Class

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

Infotainment System

Laden with a 1300 watt 18 channel speaker this ride is one of the best listening experience you can get. The microphones in the car monitor ambient noises and adjusts the settings periodically for the best listening experience and pin drop silence in the cabin.

The infotainment system is concealed under the beautiful wooden panel and is revealed at the push of a button. BMW owners and car enthusiast might be split on the system because it's a reimagined and posh version of a BMW 7 series infotainment. Considering the fact that BMW owns Rolls Royce spilling over of technology and borrowing of designs should not be surprising.

Interior features and Luxury Amenities

Setting new standards with every model, Rolls Royce does not let one their defining characteristics fade in its latest incarnation of an automobile

Add-ons include the

  • starlit headliner
  • custom wood choices for the interiors
  • heated and cooled seats and a host of other options.
  • The starlit headliner is 1,600 fiber optics

The car under scrutiny does not lament in any section and its interiors are one of its many fortes.

Cargo volume

Offering the largest cargo space of the lot the Wraith is our choice if we want to either fit bags or luggage or golf kits for the weekend unwinding activities. Fancy a picnic on the weekend or go for an impromptu getaway trip for the weekend the boot space of the Wraith is by your side at all times.

Model

Rolls Royce Wraith

Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 Class

Bentley GT Speed Continental Coupe

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

16.6

10.4

12.6

With a boot space of 16.6 cubic feet, this car will never bug you for luggage space and will gladly carry the load along with you. It fares better than its rivals by a mile.

2018 Rolls-Royce Wraith Exterior

Dimensions and Weight

A flawlessly slanting rear end coupled with a distinctive front grille it's hard to mistake this car for another. Standing out anywhere and at any point of the day, the Wraith is a reminder to everyone that how performance-oriented luxury car can look good and deliver the standards it's supposed to meet.

The Wraith comes with a vast range of standard equipment which includes adaptive headlights with automatic high-beam control, auto-adjusting air suspension, power-closing doors and a host of customization available which include a custom spirit of ecstasy statue and a two-tone paint job.

Model

Rolls Royce Wraith

Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65 Class

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

The longest and tallest than its competitors the Rolls Royce is more spacious and has the highest ground clearance amongst its peers.

2018 Rolls-Royce Wraith Safety

2018 Rolls Royce Wraith Safety Ratings and Reliability

This luxury automobile comes equipped with a host of safety features which ensure that the person riding is safe from impact at all times. A safe and sound customer is a potentially returning customer

  • 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

2018 Rolls-Royce Wraith Competition

Bentley Continental GT Speed

If you can look beyond the panache and pizzazz of the Rolls Royce Wraith and the customization the Bentley offers a better acceleration time and more horsepower with only a 6L engine as compared to the 6.6L of the Rolls, the Wraith should be your choice if you want a good balance of art and performance.

Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65

The quickest of the lot the Mercedes clocks in at 3.9s for 0-60mph and is also the cheapest of the lot. The Mercedes delivers a similar luxury ride but will always have a sense of discontentment as per what you could have had. It offers only a 7 gear automatic which is a gear less than the others. The Benz also offers the highest horsepower as compared to its rivals but fails to surpass the Rolls when compared in a day to day setting.

2018 Rolls-Royce Wraith Final Verdict

Cruise around the streets or race along the highway in this luxury GT and you'll not be disappointed in this beast of an automotive engineering marvel. A modernly classic looking machine that is equally powerful under the hood the Rolls Royce is the perfect blend of beauty and power.

The customizations are very personal embellishments that make the Wraith stand out from the crowd. An epitome of performance luxury the Rolls Royce claims the throne with ease in its segment.

Make a statement everywhere you go.