Up close with the Rolls-Royce Wraith

Bluntly, the Wraith is utterly beguiling. It's a caddish, rakish, more attitudinal take on what it means to be a Rolls-Royce. No, it's not a sports car and should not be considered as such, despite what the figures might suggest. It should be thought of as a demonstration of confidence, both in terms of the company and of the owner. The Wraith does not suffer to compete and is patently unapologetic in all areas, making it so full of charisma and self-assurance that it becomes magnetic. A powerful presence rather than just another conglomeration of metal and leather. So, it turns out that the Wraith is not a perfect car, but it makes me question what "perfection" really means.

(Words: Tom Ford, Photos: Lee Brimble)