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Rolls-Royce Wraith: the fastest Roller in history
Rolls-Royce has given the world the first glimpse of the new Wraith, essentially a two-door sporting coupe version of the Ghost. It revives a name first used by Rolls-Royce in 1938 for one of its pre-war luxury cars.
The new 2013 Wraith is set to become the fastest and most powerful Rolls-Royce in the company's 108-year history, thanks to its 6.6-litre V8 expected to be carried over from the Ghost saloon. Performance will be electrifying, owing to the lighter kerbweight of the two-door bodystyle and the stout 600bhp from the twin-turbocharged engine, up a little from the more sedate four-door.
The Goodwood factory, in West Sussex, is remaining tight-lipped ahead of the Wraith's planned debut at the 2013 Geneva motor show and has only issued this solitary shadowy teaser photo for now.
However, MSN Cars understands the Wraith will go on sale later in 2013 with a price tag expected to exceed £190,000. It marks a further expansion of the iconic British luxury brand, which has prospered under German ownership. BMW bought Rolls-Royce in 1998 and announced a record 3,575 cars were sold in 2012, the third successive annual increase.
The Wraith is the ultimate tool for a pan-European cruise in the true Gran Turismo tradition
In a brief statement, Rolls-Royce said: "The Wraith's graceful silhouette gives expression to a bold and thoroughly contemporary luxury motor car. Flowing lines hint at the extraordinary power and dynamic promise of the most powerful Rolls-Royce in history, yet also highlight design cues that can be traced through the model generations."
Don't think that the Wraith will be a performance-obsessed sports car, though. This will be a comfy four-seat luxury express, the ultimate tool for a pan-European cruise in the true Gran Turismo tradition.
Expect nothing but the finest materials in the four-seat cabin: a 'star-lit sky' LED-festooned roof, leather everywhere and a subtly sporting cabin with room for four to lounge around as they're whisked from London to Monte Carlo.
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