Rolls Royce initially used the "Wraith" nomenclature back in 1938 when the original car was launched on the market, and then again from 1946 to 1959 when the Silver Wraith was unveiled. Now the company is preparing to use this name one more time, but this time for a coupe version of the Ghost - initially rumored to be called Corniche .
The car was caught once again during cold weather testing near the Arctic Circle and almost simultaneously, Rolls Royce unveiled the first official teaser image revealing a little bit of the car’s silhouette. As the company announced, the Wraith’s flowing lines are a hint "at the extraordinary power and dynamic promise of the most powerful Rolls-Royce in history."
The new Wraith is rumored to be powered by a turbocharged V-12 delivering as much as 600 horsepower. All this power will be sent to the rear wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. No specifications are known at this point, but the new Wraith will be the fastest production Rolls Royce to wear the Spirit of Ecstasy ornament.
That smoky teaser photo of the Spirit of Ecstasy might not specifically allude to what we’ve come to expect from auto teasers, but rest assured, Rolls-Royce is planning for a grand return at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The British automaker has just announced the upcoming release of the most powerful model the company has ever built: the Rolls-Royce Wraith.
Auto historians might remember the Wraith from way back in the 30’s. But since then, Rolls Royce hasn’t used the name in any models, making this comeback all the more tantalizing.
No official details have been revealed about the Wraith, but it does put credence to all those teasers and spy photos we’ve seen in the past months of a model that we previously thought of as the Corniche .
The reborn Wraith, which has been reported to pack a turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 engine with 600 horsepower, is expected to be Rolls-Royce’s third model, following the Phantom and the Ghost . To their credit, the British automaker is off to a good start drumming up interest for the car.
“Expect the boldest design, the most dramatic performance and the most powerful Rolls-Royce that has ever played host to the famous Spirit of Ecstasy figurine," said Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös, before adding that we should expect a model whose starting point is "luxury, refinement and exclusivity".
Expect the Wraith to be available for purchase towards the latter part of the year. Until then, RR promises to release additional teaser images at 00:01 GMT on February 12th, 19th and 26th. We’ll post them once they are released.
Click past the jump to read double-R’s official press release.
The Silver Wraith, launched in 1947, was an evolution of the pre-war Wraith and was offered in the traditional chassis form ready for the fitting of Bespoke coachwork. The 4,257cc overhead-inlet, side-exhaust engine developed before the war was used, as well as a modified coil and wishbone independent front suspension. Hydraulic brakes were used for the first time on a Rolls-Royce with hydraulic brakes.