951 miles in the new Rolls Royce Wraith
Ollie Marriage has a dinner appointment in Vienna. And the keys to the latest Rolls…
Posted: 19 Sep 2013
1.23pm. South east of Aschaffenburg
The car is running beautifully but I've just noticed the Spirit of Ecstacy. She's being batter by a 135mph hurricane. Leaving the lady in the airflow doesn't seem very becoming. I press button 8 on the BMW-sourced console panel. Up pops screen and with one press I watch the Spirit of Ecstacy gracefully lower herself out of sight. I now feel like I do when I speed while the wife's asleep.
1.28pm. On the A3
Making progress in this manner, I cruise up behind the black M3. He notices, and, when the traffic clears, clogs it as hard as he can. Running the Wraith up to a speed that Rolls would doubtless like described as ‘adequate', and the British police would describe as ‘jail', we both discover something. The Wraith is faster. And a lot less shouty about it. In fact this is the second time I've come up against such a useful fast car benchmark. On my way home from work on Friday night an M3 attempted to out-sprint the Wraith away from a low-speedroundabout. All he saw was the tailpipes, too. Now, given what I've already said about the Wraith not being an aggressive car, you might wonder what I'm doing. But we're not being aggressive, the Wraith and I, nor competitive, nor trying to put them in their place, merely enjoying the occasion. Of course whether the other chap sees it the same way is another matter.
1.32pm. More A3
I reflect on the reflections in the rear window. The light trim and shallow glass angle does cause a few issues.