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The Top Gear car review:Rolls-Royce Wraith
What is it like on the road?
Interesting one this, because although Rolls-Royce has determined that this is it’s quickest and most powerful car ever, when you first get into it, it feels a bit like a Ghost – wafty, silent, easy.
But once you get going, the Wraith really is different. It never really shrinks-to-fit, because it’s always just massive, but it certainly motivates itself with the kind of speed that makes continents small. The BMW-derived V12 isn’t exactly vocal, but it still whooshes in all the right places, aided by a satellite-aided 8-speed ZF auto ‘box that means it never changes up (or down) at an inopportune moment. The steering is accurate but slightly aloof, the rear-wheel drive chassis nicely balanced on air-suspension, but never going to worry a razorblade for sharpness. It might not even worry a spork. But the Wraith transcends normal considerations such as ride and handling – it’s a majestic, wondrous thing to drive, and utterly unique.