Up close with the Rolls-Royce Wraith

It's called the Rolls-Royce Wraith. An epithet so deliciously rounded on the tongue and chock-full of rhythm that it warrants at least three or four goes before you get the pronunciation just right. A name that slithers around in your mouth like an eel. And a car that requires a bit of patience to understand, as well as enunciate, because this isn't your average modern Rolls. Nope, the Wraith is something altogether more atypical from a company that, until a few years ago, would only quote power figures as "sufficient". It's being heralded as the "most potent and technologically advanced Rolls-Royce in history." A fast, dynamic Rolls then. A rockin' Roller.

And yet "dynamic Rolls-Royce" is a confluence of particular words that doesn't sit easily within a semantic framework, in the same way you don't usually describe a Georgian mansion as nimble or a hot air balloon as agile. A Rolls is many things: imperious, graceful, commanding... but dynamic always comes with a caveat when you consider the gravitational constraints of a two-and-a-half-tonne slice of putatively British luxury car.