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
1.01pm. Medenbach, still north of Frankfurt, 493 miles covered
I keep flip-flops in the footwell for occasions such as this. Completes the dotcom millionaire look nicely. Over the last 366 miles the Wraith has consumed 71.20 litres of unleaded that costs me 122.39 euros to replenish. The trip computer tells me it's averaged 24.0mpg, while my calculations give a corrected figure of 23.3mpg. I'm blown away by that. A 624bhp car weighing 2,360kg doing 23mpg is exceptional. It only claims a combined figure of 20.2mpg, making it one of the very few cars I've driven that is capable of outstripping the claims. Still think a bigger fuel tank wouldn't go amiss.
1.06pm. Medenbach services lay-by
Lukewarm slice of pizza for lunch. Yum. I imagine the average Wraith owner would be making for the nearest Michelin star about now. Bet there's a way to show them in the satnav - have to say it's the most complicated bit of equipment in here.
1.15pm. Frankfurt airport
I slip by the airport quietly on the A3, silently thankful not to be one of the hoards arriving to attend the Frankfurt Motorshow. That thought is rudely interrupted by a Corvette Z06, the best Corvette, rumbling up alongside theWraith and then erupting off into the distance in a haze of drama, pursued by a pair of Dutch chaps on wailing sports bikes. A minute later a black M3 comes howling up behind me. The motorway is busy, I'm stuck a respectful distance behind someone else, yet that doesn't stop the fellow flicking his indicator and soon progress to flashing his headlights. Because I'm driving a Rolls-Royce I feel so aloof from this. There's no thought of aggression. As with any Rolls-Royce, if you drove the Wraith in an anti-social manner you not only feel that the car wouldn't approve, but that you'd be letting down the brand. That's what you are when driving a Royce, a brand ambassador.