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
7.36pm. Entering Vienna
Darkness is falling. Vienna is a genuinely lovely city so I coast along in the slow lane glancing out at these amazing old buildings. When I look across the cabin, out the right-hand side window, my field of vision also encompasses the starlight roof - 1300 fibre-optic threads in the Wraith's roof. It's like I'm carrying around my very own picture frame - whatever I look at out the window is topped by a perfect view of the night sky. A couple of people have questioned whether it's a bit tacky, but I don't think so, because you're only aware of it from within so it's not outright ostentatious. You can dim and brighten it, turn it off completely, personally I love knowing it's there and enjoying the soft light it bathes the cabin in. I've had it on the whole way.
7.45pm. Central Vienna
For the final mile I drop all the windows. I love the way the pillarless windows open up the sides of the car. I'm more exposed and a bit breezier, but it's still 23 degrees out there and the evening crowds seem to love the spectacle as the Wraith rolls by. It's almost magical in fact. I'm half tempted to keep driving, do a couple of victory laps of the city centre, take in the sights. But I haven't got time and I suddenly realise how hungry I am.