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Rolls-Royce has made the Wraith even more luxurious
New limited edition ‘Luminary Collection’ adds shooting stars, illuminated wood and posh paint
The Rolls-Royce Wraith is a rapid fastback unlike any other car on the planet. It’s uniquely weird, easy to fall in love with, but isn’t getting any younger. Luckily, Rolls-Royce has its bespoke department to lean on when it needs to up the luxe and add some longevity to its range.
So say hello to the Wraith Luminary Collection. A run of 55 cars that harness inspiration from the sun, new fabrics and shooting stars to set you apart from the riff-raff.
Finished in a new, 51st shade of grey – Sunburst Grey – this flat tone flips into a popping copper in direct sunlight. Good if you live in Los Angeles, rubbish if you live in Luton. This paint is contrasted with a hand-painted Sunburst Motif coachline, hand-painted Wake Channel Lines on Wraith’s bonnet and pinstripes on the centre caps, all finished in Saddlery Tan.
A colour that continues on the inside for the driver and front passenger, but contrasted with black leather in the rear and hand-woven stainless steel fabric (currently all the rage for poshos, apparently) found around the centre console and door pulls. Tudor Oak wood is a special finish just for the Luminary Collection. Sourced from forests in the Czech Republic, it’s the first time RR has managed to illuminate wood thanks to 176 LEDs secreted into the wood to be, we quote, ‘reminiscent of the trailing light of a shooting star’.
Basically, it creates a similar effect in the doors as the Starlight Headliner does for the roof. But the Starlight Headliner also has a new party trick: actual shooting stars. The 1,340 individually hand-woven optical fibres (that require a staggering 2km of cabling) now include shooting stars into the constellation. Eight shooting stars fire at random while you’re driving along, predominantly over the front seats as that’s where you’re encouraged to sit in the Wraith, rather than the back of a Phantom, and will offer an endless source of entertainment on a long drive.
Costing £295,000, the Luminary Collection yet is a healthy chunk of money. But if you’ve been waiting for a car with shooting stars in the roof, it’s certainly a price worth paying.