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2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith: Overview

If you’re looking for information on a newer Rolls-Royce Wraith, we’ve published an updated overview: 2018 Rolls-Royce Wraith Overview

What’s New For 2017?

The 2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith is unchanged aside from a new "Black Badge" special edition model.

What We Like

Beautiful styling; gorgeous interior; surprisingly spry performance; unbelievably relaxing See the 2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith models for sale near you

What We Don’t

Expensive to buy; expensive to fuel; expensive to own

Overview

The Rolls-Royce Wraith is the sportiest member of the famous high-end luxury brand’s lineup. Ask us, and we’ll tell you it’s the best-looking, too. Essentially a Rolls-Royce Ghost sedan that’s been beautifully crafted into a 2-door coupe, the Wraith boasts one of the most easily recognizable profiles on the market.

It’s also surprisingly enjoyable behind the wheel. We say that because the Wraith might not look too sporty at first glance. After all, the coupe weighs in around 5,500 pounds and is 207.9 inches from front to back. Those numbers typically don’t lend themselves to terms like "engaging" and "sporty."

But the Wraith packs a serious punch. Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V12, which puts out an amazing 624 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, mated to a silky smooth 8-speed automatic transmission. The result is a 0-to-60 time of around 4.5 seconds and a lightning-fast quarter-mile time of less than 13 seconds.

But don’t go thinking the Wraith is all about speed and performance. This is a full-size luxury sedan converted into a full-size 4-seat coupe with leather and wood appointments on virtually every cabin surface. There’s even an optional starry-sky headliner with 1,340 individual fiber-optic lights designed to simulate the night sky; it’ll cost you an extra $12,500. And this year, a new "Black Badge" special edition model adds "blacked-out" cosmetic updates to the exterior.

If it all sounds a bit opulent, you’ll be especially taken aback by the 2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith’s base price: about $305,000 including destination. That makes it one of the most expensive coupes on the market — but to Rolls’s notoriously fastidious customers, little else will do.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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