Most people think of Rolls-Royce cars as big and bloated luxury limousines that are purely designed for wafting well-to-do individuals from fundraiser to charity ball, but Rolls-Royce has always placed significant importance on the performance side of their cars, after all, they've been involved in motorsport for over a century, and have been active in endurance racing in recent years. The Wraith is the standout performance model of the Rolls-Royce range, and offers impressive performance, especially when you consider its substantial curb weight, which rivals most SUVs. Under the sweeping hood lies a twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 engine producing 624 hp, which is enough to make the Wraith feel seriously fast. In town, the big Rolls drives with effortless poise, and the slight give in the throttle pedal makes it easy to modulate at lower speeds - but step on it, and the Wraith comes alive with fury. Highway cruising is a pleasure, and there is tons of overtaking power on offer. Rolls-Royce claims a zero to sixty sprint time of 4.4 seconds.
It takes a lot to get a near five and a half thousand-pound car to move at a rate of speed worthy of being deemed fast by modern standards, but that is exactly what the Rolls-Royce Wraith accomplishes. So what's the secret behind getting this Brit to pull up its socks and make a run for it? The secret lies in a large capacity V12 engine with a little help from two turbochargers. The 6.6-liter V12 engine in the Wraith uses two turbochargers to produce 624 hp and a massive 605 lb-ft of torque. When driving the Wraith hard, it's that torque figure that shines through. Available from as low as 1,500 rpm, the massive dose of torque hits hard and continues to push the Wraith forward with a seemingly endless supply of power. It is also worth mentioning that this engine sounds simply divine under hard acceleration. Power is sent to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission that is aided by satellite positioning, which reads the road ahead and delivers seamless gear changes.
|Rolls-Royce Wraith Trims||Rolls-Royce Wraith Engines||Rolls-Royce Wraith Horsepower||Rolls-Royce Wraith Transmissions||Rolls-Royce Wraith Drivetrains||Rolls-Royce Wraith MPG/MPGE|
|Wraith||6.6L Twin-Turbo V12 Gas||624 hp @ 5600 rpm||8-Speed Automatic||RWD||14 MPG|
At this level, people will buy cars regardless of fuel economy, so this section is reserved purely for those who have a fetish for reading horrid statistics, or for those who are planning a road trip to their five-country houses scattered across the US and need to pinpoint gas stations along the way. The EPA rates the Rolls-Royce Wraith at 12/18/14 mpg city/highway/combined. That figure sounds even worse when you consider the fact that a four-wheel-drive Cadillac Escalade with a 6.2-liter V8 engine will get 14/21/17 mpg. Yikes.
|Rolls-Royce Wraith Trims||Wraith|
|Rolls-Royce Wraith Tank size||16.6 gal.|
|Rolls-Royce Wraith Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)||12/18|