Wraith creeps into Malaysia

Posted on: June 21st, 2013

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The fastest production Rolls-Royce to date, the Wraith, has finally landed in Malaysia. It is the third nameplate in the Rolls-Royce line-up, offering cash-laden prospective buyers a two door option on top of the Phantom and Ghost luxury limousines.

At the heart of the Wraith is 624hp and 800Nm of torque – the most ever seen in a Rolls-Royce brochure. This output, which is churned out by a 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 engine, propels the 2.3-tonne fastback grand tourer to 100kph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds. Its top speed is electronically limited at 250kph, as with most BMWs which are produced under the same parent company.

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Visually, the Wraith looks very much like a two-door ghost and well enough, it is positioned in between the short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase variants of the Ghost. However, Rolls-Royce insists that the Wraith is very much a one-of-a-kind product, conceived and produced independently from the Ghost.

As expected from a luxo-barge wearing the Spirit of Ecstasy on its hood, the Wraith is swathed in generous dabs of luxury. Its interior is lined with the finest leather and wood grain seen fitted to a car to ensure its occupants feel like royalty while its roof is lined with 1,340 tiny LEDs to offer them a synthesised view of a starry sky from inside the car. Despite having only two doors, the plush rear seats come with plenty of legroom – a trait a proper Grand Tourer should have as pointed out by Rolls-Royce.

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There are no indicative figures regarding the ownership costs of the Wraith at the moment. All Rolls-Royce could reveal was that it would cost approximately RM1.3 million before taxes and additional options. We wouldn’t be surprised if the total cost turns out more than double the amount – something hardly unexpected for an ethereal machine of its stature.

 


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