Pros: Unique and beautiful styling; exceptional performance; very luxurious

Cons: Not as practical as Ghost; no convertible version; running costs (including depreciation) will be huge

What's New: The Rolls-Royce Wraith is all-new for the 2014 model year.

The 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith is the newest addition to the British luxury brand's notoriously upscale lineup. Essentially a 2-door, 4-seat coupe version of the brand's Ghost luxury sedan, the Wraith focuses more on performance than high-end luxury -- but it certainly boasts a good deal of both.

In terms of performance, the Wraith uses the same 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 as its Ghost counterpart. The engine boasts a whopping 624 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, and it sends power to the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. Zero-to-60 comes in the mid 4-second range, which is a stellar time for a car that weighs in at more than 5,400 pounds.

But the Wraith doesn't neglect luxury for performance. On the contrary, the coupe boasts a long list of upscale equipment, such as keyless trunk opening, rain- and speed-sensing wipers, a navigation system with a pinch-and-pull smartphone-style touchpad and even a transmission feature that uses GPS data to select the best gear for the road ahead. You can also specify a Starlight Headliner, which uses more than 1,000 fiber-optic lamps to make the Wraith's ceiling look like the starry night sky.

And what's the cost for all that luxury and performance? Expect to pay around $286,000 before options for a base-level 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith. Add the Starlight Headliner and you'll be pushing $300,000 before you select anything else.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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