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2018 Rolls-Royce Wraith: Overview

What’s New For 2018?

The 2018 Rolls-Royce Wraith sees no major changes of note. The exclusive Black Badge special edition model line is expanded with a darker iteration named "Adamas." Only 40 such cars will be built. The Wraith Luminary Collection is comprised of just 55 cars, each with a unique shooting star headliner, illuminated wood paneling and hand-woven stainless steel fabric incorporated into the cabin.

What We Like

Beautiful styling; gorgeous interior; surprisingly spry performance; unbelievably relaxing

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. There’s also the limited-run bespoke Black Badge and Luminary Collection cars.

If it all sounds a bit opulent, you’ll be especially taken aback by the 2018 Rolls-Royce Wraith’s base price: about $325,000 including destination fee. 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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Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo is a longtime contributor who started in the industry writing competitive comparison books for a number of manufacturers, before moving on in 2002 to become a freelance automotive journalist. He’s well regarded for his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to translate complex mechanical terminology into user-friendly explanations. Joe has worked for a number of outlets as... Read More about Joe Tralongo

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