Rolls-Royce Wraith in the driving report: Spooky calm

Dino Eisele
Rolls-Royce Wraith in the driving report
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The first thing you can do about the smaller, more affordable coupé from R olls-Royce need to know is that it is neither small nor affordable. Sure, the new Rolls-Royce Wraith from the Scottish line of the British ghost dynasty is shorter, lighter and cheaper than a phantom, but when was this empire on wheels ever suitable as a benchmark? To orientate yourself on that would be like describing your house as “not as big as Buckingham Palace”.

Rolls-Royce Wraith leaves no one indifferent

Second: In this one Rolls-Royce Wraith can don't hide. Everyone notices it, even if they seem to look away. The side viewing slits function from the outside as a magnifying glass, in order to be able to take a closer look at at least those sitting in front. Anonymity? Forget about it. Not only because of the sheer size, but also because of the mighty radiator grille, the imposing front hood and the dramatic proportions. In short: a strong personality that is second to none.

And that's why - third insight - the Rolls-Royce Wraith nobody is cold. Either you consider it pure waste, a symbol of power and splendor, a provocation. Or you love him precisely because he is so powerful, magnificent and provocatively different. The little boy in the bus in the next lane, who spotted us in a traffic jam in the city, likes him anyway, hops around for joy on his mother's lap and waves to us euphorically.

Unlike the unapproachable Phantom you can even imagine picking up the kids from soccer practice in the Rolls-Royce Wraith - not in shorts or flip-flops, but with an open shirt collar and a loosened tie. After all, it should add a pinch of casualness to the brand's traditionally strict dress code, and the Fastback signal more dynamism and energy. However, with its shorter length (minus 13 cm) and height (minus 4 cm) compared to the Ghost sedan, the two-door model only lowered the inhibition threshold and not the claim to a stately ambience.

Rolls-Royce Wraith costs off 279,531 euros

Becausethe missing rear doors and the somewhat arduous approach of the Rolls-Royce Wraith to the rear are enough of the waiver. You enter the salon through huge, forward-opening portals that close automatically at the push of a button. Even on the two armchairs in the second row there is no shortage of space and comfort, and certainly not of exquisite materials of exquisite quality and workmanship. For the first time, even the side parts and center console can be paneled with open-pored wooden panels, and 1,340 LED lights create an artificial starry sky overhead for an immodest € 11,513 BMW deliverable from head-up displays to night vision devices and adaptive cruise control - extremely helpful and discreetly integrated, but by no means standard. For a royal 279,531 euros, the Wraith is at most princely equipped, especially since even niceties such as comfort access, massage seats or garage door openers cost extra. At the end of the day, the bill can end up being 344,146 euros like the test car.

Dynamic, but not sporty

In contrast, the performance is not skimpy a bit, the announcement 'sufficient' would be pretty inadequate for the strongest series rolls of all time. With 632 hp and 800 Nm of torque, the 6.6-liter V12 biturbo is on par with the Bentley Continental GT Speed ​​and Mercedes S 65 AMG Coupé, but maintains its very own character. Because unlike these, the Rolls-Royce Wraith is dynamic, not sporty - which sounds like 'The film was funny, but not amusing'. In any case, an openly displayed sportiness is completely alien to him: no spoiler, no matter how small, no greedily torn nostrils, no threatening exhaust rumble, but just an almost uncanny effortlessness that makes his colossal deeds seem inconceivably casual.

Only when the driver of the Rolls-Royce Wraith blows the attack does a slight rumble penetrate the eerie silence. The eight-speed automatic transmission sorts itself back two to three gears in a flash and almost imperceptibly, and a display in the cockpit indicates only 30 percent power reserve instead of the usual 80. Rotational speed? Unimportant, there is just as little a tour counter as there is a driving mode controller or paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Why, because the extremely discreet ZF transmission always provides the right gear ratio, even knows the further route thanks to GPS data and aligns its shift strategy accordingly.

Calmness in motion

In acute boredom, you can surf the numerous menus using the rotary push button with touchpad, switch from studio to theater sound and illuminate the winged lady in advance or sink. For roughYou can also lift the car a few centimeters on slopes, but otherwise the air suspension does its job completely autonomously and confidently. Although the chassis and steering are noticeably tighter than the Ghost, the Rolls-Royce Wraith maintains a rather detached relationship to the road. He storms on the highways like a general and subdues any elevation with the force of his 2.4 tons, only in winding terrain he appears a bit fickle and indecisive.

The rear-wheel drive is in view of the royal dimensions and the maximum forward majestic view comparatively manageable and devoid of malice but not obstinacy. Only bullies would try to impose their will or their escapades on him in the border area - and thus have little joy. The Rolls-Royce Wraith has its own pace, its dignity, its principles, and these have to be respected, explored and experienced. Hour after hour, day after day and ideally also at night.

Then you at least get an idea of ​​what tranquility in movement and strength without recognizable effort means. The British trade journal “The Autocar” found the term “waftability” for this event as early as 1906, which although not in any dictionary, is very popular with insiders and connoisseurs of the brand. And that's the last thing you need to know about the Rolls-Royce Wraith.

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