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
4.10pm. A small road near Kirchroth
The roads are good hereabouts, giving me the chance to get a little more ambitious with the Wraith. Yes, it demands to be driven with dignity, but it's also rather good fun. Not sporting in any way, but more accurate and decisive than I'd imagined. The grip limits aren't terribly high, but drive it slow-in, faster-out and, thanks to that self-aware gearbox, it'll make proper progress without ever feeling that it's having to work hard. Surreptitious athleticism.
4.15pm. Back on the autobahn
It also has lovely, lovely steering. Don't get me wrong, it's not the last word in feel or tactility. What it is, is wonderfully, deliciously appropriate. Perfectly in keeping with the car, light and twirly at low speed with a fabulously tactile leather rim that manages to accurately convey the attitude of the car. It's a real highlight, all the more so because it's so unexpected.