Rolls-Royce names its new coupe Wraith
The most powerful car in the company's history is gunning for the Bentley Continental GT Speed.
So far, all we know about the Wraith is that it has two doors and will be priced below the $400,000-plus Phantom Drophead Coupe. We also know it will pack a V12 engine, since a V8 is simply out of character for Rolls-Royce.
Since it's based on the Ghost, which is based on the BMW 7-Series, we expect the thunderous 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 and silky 8-speed automatic transmission to show up for duty. But since Rolls says the Wraith will be the "most dynamic, powerful and beautiful" car in the company's history, there's no doubt that V12 will be packing more than 563 horsepower -- perhaps more than the 616-horsepower Bentley Continental GT Speed, its chief competitor. Perhaps a driver-adjustable damping system or a magnetic suspension will be made available.
Until Geneva, you'll have to make due with that smoky, computer-generated image of the company's Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament, or do a photo search of the heavily camouflaged Wraith trying to lift a wheel on the Nürburgring. Starting Feb. 12, Rolls-Royce said it would send out teaser photos as the launch nears, but you can bet customers already know everything about the car, as is typically the case for small, boutique manufacturers with very loyal followings.
Rolls-Royce had a record sales year in 2012, and it will no doubt reach another in 2013 with this "cheaper" coupe. Deliveries will begin during the fourth quarter.
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