Rolls Wraith vs Merc S500 on track
Can the world's most luxurious barges survive the TG test track and a chauffeur named Stig?
Posted: 17 Jan 2014
The Wraith really is rather splendid - that's the best way to describe it. To bastardise a well-known phrase, travelling in it broadens the mind. And none of your short hops, either - this is a car to drive a very long way. A couple of months back, I drove one to Vienna, 951 miles in a single Sunday stint, arriving in Austria's artistic capital in time for dinner. It was perfect: the right journey and emphatically the right car.
I drove the entire way with my fingertips, elbows resting just so, bare feet nestling in the inch-deep carpet. Yes, really. It may sound irrelevant, but that last facet made the whole trip. Why rest the grubby and unfeeling heels of your brogues in a cocooning layer of lambswool, when you can have the tactility and soft, caressing warmth on your bare soles? It was divine, made me feel like I was on a bearskin rug in front of a log fire halfway up an Alp and was, above all, a wonderful new experience. One that had little to do with driving.