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
12.16pm. A3 near Horhausen
There is some wind noise. Has been since the very start if I'm honest. A rustle from the leading edge of the driver's window just in from the mirror housing. Rolls had warned us that the seal was pre-production. You only notice it because there's nothing else to disturb the peace. It's like riding in the front end of a jumbo while wearing ear defenders. You're aware of some background roar, but that's about it.
12.27pm. The A3
The Wraith is an alleviating car. It rises above the things going on around and gives you a generous, magnanimous driving attitude. Driving on the road, the Wraith suggests to you, is not a race, so why the urgency? So you find yourself adopting this attitude and suddenly nothing is a trial, time ceases to have the meaning it has in other cars. I have the aim of getting to Vienna in 12 hours from Calais, but I'm not about to rush or hurry in order to achieve that. The Wraith and I will get there when we get there, enjoying the journey as we go.
12.38pm. Somewhere north of Frankfurt
After 340 miles on this tank and with the trip computer hinting at an average of 23.8mpg, the fuel warning pings. I still have 68 miles in the tank, but running out of fuel in the Wraith would be... unthinkable, so on this occasion I'm not going to indulge in my favourite pastime - fuel light chicken.