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Rolls-Royce Wraith (2014 to 2023)

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Rolls-Royce Wraith (2014 to 2023)

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    Summary


    The Rolls-Royce Wraith was a large luxury two-door coupe that was a long-standing flagship model in the Rolls-Royce range, that was on sale in the UK from 2014 to 2023.

    Like the previous generation of the Rolls-Royce Ghost saloon, the Wraith was built on the same platform as the BMW 7 Series, and assembled at the Rolls-Royce production plant in Goodwood, UK.

    Taking its name from a Rolls-Royce model from 1938, the Wraith was powered by a turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

    A number of variants were launched across the Wraith’s lifespan, usually limited edition or bespoke models that generally consist of tweaks to the interior and exterior design.

    With a number of newer luxury rivals launching throughout the Wraith’s tenure, Top Gear admitted that the ageing Wraith looked rather dated towards the end of its lifespan. “It has fallen a bit behind on tech, and is tangibly a generation behind the new Phantom and Cullinan, not to mention other luxury car rivals.”

    “The Rolls-Royce Wraith might not be perfect”, explained What Car?, “but it’s a hugely desirable ownership proposition for the privileged few who can afford it.” Like the smaller Bentley Continental GT coupe, the Wraith had a price tag that surpassed a quarter of a million pounds, though that is considerably cheaper than Rolls-Royce’s current flagship model, the £360,000 Phantom.

    British reviewers warmly regarded the Wraith for almost a decade, praising the high-end coupe for its luxurious cabin trim and its refined engine, although consumer-centric publications consistently mentioned that the Wraith was very expensive to run day-to-day.

    No longer on sale, the Rolls-Royce Wraith holds an Expert Rating of 81%, based on 19 reviews published by the UK media. It is has now been replaced by the all-electric Rolls-Royce Spectre coupé.

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    Wraith highlights

    • Spacious luxury interior trim
    • Impressive performance from a refined engine
    • Will retain its value well
    • A real head-turner with an elegant exterior

    Wraith lowlights

    • Poor fuel economy
    • Very expensive, base price and extras
    • To heavy to feel like a driver’s car
    • Rather dated, with its days now numbered

    Key specifications


    Body style: Large coupe
    Engines: petrol
    Price when new: From £258,000 on-road

    Launched: Spring 2014
    Last updated: Summer 2019
    Replaced: 2023


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    No safety rating

    As of December 2023, the Rolls-Royce has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP, and due to its price and the exclusivity of the Rolls-Royce brand, we doubt it ever will be. If it is put through its paces by Euro NCAP, we will publish the results here.

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    As of December 2023, the Rolls-Royce Wraith has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Roll-Royce Wraith has received

    2014

    • Top Gear Awards – Rather Splendid Motor Car of the Year
    • Popular Science Magazine – Best of What’s New Award

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    The Rolls-Royce Wraith was one of the most luxurious coupes you can buy, but even during its long lifespan, its age was starting to show.Rolls-Royce Wraith (2014 to 2023)