“Rolls-Royce Wraith will draw superlatives when it is unveiled in Geneva” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to an audience of around 100 Rolls Royce dealers. “Expect the boldest design, the most dramatic performance and the most powerful Rolls-Royce that has ever played host to the famous Spirit of Ecstasy figurine.”
From what we can we see in this first (Ed-the smoky Spirit of Ecstasy does not count!) teaser image from the marque, we have to say, it is stunning. Unlike the subtle coupe that is the Phantom Coupe, the Wraith’s lines strongly are flatteringly coupe-ish and for a change, the superlatives used in the press release – Flowing lines hint at the extraordinary power and dynamic promise – seem well deserved.
“Wraith alludes to an almost imperceptible but powerful force, something rare, agile and potent, a spirit that will not be tethered to the earth. It is the perfect name for our new model.” said Muller-Otvos on the name of the new model. The word has its origins in Scotland and was not very popular until used by Rolls Royce for its 1938 Wraith. The 1938 Wraith was also a car with ‘razor sharp’ lines for its time and had some of the most stunning coachwork built on it by the various luxury coachbuilders of that time. The 1938 Wraith was also the last and most modern prewar Rolls Royce.
As pointed out by Muller-Otvos, expect the Wraith to be the most powerful Rolls Royce ever, powered by the 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 with power bumped from 563bhp to well over 600bhp! The Wraith has been spotted on the Nurburgring testing, expect this luxury yatch to be more than capable of handling curves with abandon.
Rolls Royce also adds that the Wraith is inspired by the Honourable Charles Rolls – the consummate gentleman racer driven by a pioneering spirit and lust for adventure.