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Rolls reveals Wraith at Geneva


THE HIGHLY anticipated Rolls-Royce Wraith has made its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland.

At its very core, it remains a modern Rolls-Royce product, but a few interesting design elements let you know that it’s something very special indeed.

The sweeping fastback bodywork and raked rear screen are supposed to evoke the image of a world-class athlete. We’re not 100% sure we see it, but it is still an inspiring thing to look at.

On the inside there’s Phantom-grade leather and expanses of wood called Canadel Panelling, after the cove in the south of France where Sir Henry Royce and his design- and engineering teams spent their winters.

The interior ambiance is complemented by Starlight Headliner, a feature available beyond Phantom family cars for the first time. More than a thousand fibre-optic lamps are hand-woven into the roof lining to give the impression of a starry night sky.

Rolls-Royce claims effortless power delivery, thanks to a V12 engine mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. The powertrain delivers 465kW, which is enough to power this luxury leviathon to 100km/h in 4.4 seconds. This makes the Wraith the fastest Rolls-Royce ever produced.

It is, however, not a sportscar. The manufacturer says that it offers absolutely no compromise to the sensation of riding on a bed of air.

Naturally, the interior is equipped with everything the modern Rolls-Royce aficionado needs.
The first Wraiths will be delivered to European customers at the end of the year at R2.9 million a pop.

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