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Rolls-Royce Wraith

Rolls-Royce Wraith

The Rolls-Royce Wraith created quite a stir when it was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , mainly due to its gorgeous fastback-like shape, enormous amount of luxury , and the all-new Satellite Aided Transmission that uses GPS mapping data to pre-select gears.

It didn’t take too long for the British company to announce a Drophead version of the two-door vehicle, but we had to wait for more than a year to actually see the vehicle in the metal. In fact, camouflaged metal would be more appropriate, as the Wraith Drophead’s first public appearance took place in prototype guise.

Spotted by our skilled photographers, the convertible in question is well wrapped with no skin or details for us to stare at besides its German license plate. Not exactly upsetting, though, as the Drophead will take all of its design cues from the Wraith Coupe.

Only two details will set it apart from its older brother: a folding soft-top (which is hidden under a fake hard-top in these spy shots) and a flat trunk resulting from the removal of the sloping, fastback roof.

Rolls-Royce will obviously plant the same 6.6-liter V-12 under the Drophead’s hood, meaning the cabriolet will benefit from 624 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Using a ZF eight-speed automatic, the mill will push the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 186 mph.

Expect the Wraith Drophead to go on sale for the 2016 model year with a sticker that goes past the $300,000 mark.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls Royce Wraith Drophead Coupe.

Similar to how German tuners come out in droves anytime the Frankfurt Auto Show arrives, Mansory’s presence is automatic when the Geneva Motor Show opens its doors.

This year, a handful of new programs have been made courtesy of Switzerland’s finest, and one of those happens to be Rolls-Royce’s brand-spankin’ new baby, the Wraith .

This is how Mansory rolls, fellas. No cheap tricks. Just the best of the best deserving the best tuning programs in the world.

Jaw-dropping as some of Mansory’s previous works are, there’s something alluring about its program for the Wraith.

It’s pretty...subdued. In a very good idea.

The tuner probably realized that going bombastic on the Wraith will just drive away the luxury car’s classy nature so smart move on the part of Mansory to recognize that. In the end, it did the right thing by giving the Wraith the kind of unique modification that brings up its level of appeal yet does so without compromising its luxurious quality.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Wraith by Mansory.

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Merry Christmas TopSpeed readers. As you all know, the busiest person this time of the year is none other than Santa Claus himself.

The man is probably on his way back to the North Pole after his global voyage of spreading cheer and good tidings to children all over the world, so it’s probably not the best idea to go disturbing him and ask a copy of Gran Turismo 6. We all know that Santa usually enlists the services of his trusted reindeer when he needs a lift, but after the long journey, they likely need a break.

Fortunately, we have a few suggestions on what cars Santa can use to get around while his reindeer take a well-deserved break.

After the jump are five cars that Santa would likely find useful to drive all around the North Pole, or maybe even to deliver next year’s gifts.

So without further ado, these are the five cars we’d suggest Santa get behind the wheel of so he can give his reindeer a nice tropical break in the Caribbean.

Click past the jump to check out the list!

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It is that time of the year, when we at Topspeed like to look back and relive the best moments the automotive world had to offer in the year bygone. The 2013 calendar year brought a whole new range of interesting and exciting sports cars , luxury cars and even some odd hypercars, as the big names of the industry finally pulled the wraps off some very special automobiles.

Ferrari launched the 458 Speciale — the replacement for the F430 Scuderia; The La Ferrari succeeded the Enzo; McLaren and Porsche too launched the very complicated P1 and 918 Spyder , respectively; and Lamborghini showed the Huracan LP610-4 , which will replace the Gallardo. Additionally, the Aston Martin Vanquish proved to be one heck off a crowd-puller and Bugatti continued with more special editions of the Veyron.

Lot has happened in the last 12 months that we would love to talk about. Out of all those cars that were launched during the calendar year, we’ve picked ten cars that made headlines. Following is are finalists that made it into the top 10.

2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year Finalists
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Alfa Romeo 4C
Jaguar F-Type Coupe
Mclaren P1
Ferrari La Ferrari
Porsche 918 Spyder
BMW i8
Cadillac CTS
Maserati Ghibli
Rolls Royce Wraith

So, the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year goes to... Read on to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year

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Rolls Royce Wraith Drophead

Rolls Royce brought a very special car to the 2013 Geneva motor show , and it happens to be the fastest Rolls Royce ever produced. The Rolls Royce Wraith was thus launched, keeping a unique set of individuals in mind: young billionaires who prefer a bit of sportiness along with unadulterated luxury. The Rolls-Royce Wraith delivers on both fronts.

Back then, the company did not disclose any plans of a convertible — Drophead, as R-R calls it — version of the Rolls-Royce Wraith. Now, Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Müller-Ötvös has confirmed via Autocar that the Wraith Drophead Coupe will see the light of day in a couple of years time. Like the Phantom, the Wraith will get a folding soft top and the company would start taking orders in 2015.

Speaking of the Wraith, Müller-Ötvös felt happy the way things have progressed since the launch of the product in mid-2013. The company has received positive feedback about the Wraith, and it has been able to attract first-time buyers to the exclusive luxury brand.

According to Müller-Ötvös, the sporty character of the Wraith has also attracted previous Ferrari owners, and these are people who know their performance cars. The Wraith delivers on its promise of high performance along with bespoke luxury, and that is the primary reason why the Wraith gets a thumbs up — even from Ferrari owners.

Read more about the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith after the jump

Source: Autocar
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The super-luxury coupe market is heating up rapidly this year with the production debut of the Rolls-Royce Wraith fastback and the brand-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe concept .

Both are aiming for the meat of the market occupied by the Bentley Continental GT : a car so successful and profitable that it almost single-handedly relaunched the $100,000 to $150,000 market for two-door, four-seat dream coupes.

While the Conti GT V-8 S is now far more nimble but just as rapid as before, the styling of the Bentley is looking quite tired and unappealing for the sharpest and most fashion-forward shoppers.

In the ultra-chic world of luxury cars, yachts and homes on three continents - old styling and previous ownership of the Bentley means these buyers are ready to move forward.

New styles are poised to capture these Bentley refugees with the Wraith and S-Class Coupe , which is quite near production specification despite being officially tagged a concept.

These two swish shapes are both absolutely fresh designs that introduce advanced styling concepts for both the RR and Merc brands. If well received, the cues seen here will have a strong influence on the next-generation vehicle designs from these storied luxury marques.

As sedan-based two-door coupes, they both essentially start at the same place as the Bentley did when remodeling the VW Phaeton.

But which car is more beautiful, technically interesting, and the winner of this TopSpeed Design Showdown between the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe concept ?

Updated 10/24/2013: This article now features the latest photography from Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz

Click past the jump for a side-by-side battle of these two exotics from all angles.

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Rolls Royce Wraith

Two weeks ago it was rumored that the new Rolls Royce Wraith could also get a convertible version. Also tossed out there was that the company is also planning either a crossover or a hatchback. However, it appears that those rumors weren’t completely true.

Speaking at the British launch of the new Wraith coupe, Rolls Royce CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, has confirmed that indeed the next model to be developed by the company will be a Wraith convertible, and at the same time he denied any possibility of an SUV.

In fact, he said that Rolls Royce never considered an SUV because it will be impossible to make it have the "gravitas or the effortless driving characteristics that make a true Rolls-Royce.” However, in the near future we expect to see an updated Rolls Royce lineup.

Rolls Royce hopes that the new Wraith coupe and the future convertible version will enjoy great success in the U.S. market and hopes it will sell around 1,500 units a year.

Click past the jump to read about the Wraith Coupe

Source: AutoCar
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Rolls Royce Wraith

Back in 2012, Rolls Royce sold a total of 3,575 units. In order to increase sales even further, the company plans to add new niche models to its lineup.

The first will be a convertible version for the recently announced Wraith . It will arrive in 2015 and will most likely feature the same technology as seen in the coupe, including the car’s 624-horsepower V-12 engine.

The second model will be based on the Wraith, but it will be offered with an all-wheel-drive system and will be built either as a crossover or a hatchback, just like the 3-Series GT or 5-Series GT. The company is currently working on two different concepts of this size and, if approved, the new model will most likely arrive sometime in 2016.

This new model will be specially developed for major markets like Russia or China, while the Convertible Wraith will be built specially for the U.S. market.

Source: Autobild

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Rolls Royce expanded its lineup with the new Wraith luxury coupe . While no official confirmation is available just yet, we are pretty sure that the new Wraith is going to see more body variations, just like the Phantom did. So, what do you say about a Wraith Drophead? Sounds good, right?

We thought so too, and while Rolls Royce debates bringing it to the market, we have produced a rendering for the Drophead version. As no surprise, it will be pretty much identical to the coupe version, but, just like the Phantom Drophead version, it will be offered with a folding soft-top roof.

We expect everything else to remain identical to the coupe version, including its distinctive fastback profile. Under the hood, the Drophead version will retain the same V-12 engine that delivers a total of 624 horsepower and a peak torque of 590 pound-feet.

Expect the new Wraith Drophead to be unveiled sometime in 2014.

After debuting the Series II for both the Phantom and Phantom Coupe models, Rolls Royce engineers have started to test a new luxury coupe. Initially thought to be called Corniche, the latest creation from Rolls Royce brings back in fact a name that was initially used in 1938: Wraith.

The new Wraith, simply described as "the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history," features a fastback profile, and is wider and lower than the Ghost, making it more aerodynamic and aggressive in the same time.

For its new model, Rolls Royce has made numerous improvements to the suspension and the steering system and for the interior, it has installed the “on-board valet,” - an innovative voice-command system that sends data to the navigation and infotainment systems.

Sales will begin in the final quarter of 2013 and in Europe prices will start from €245,000 (about $320,000 at the current exchange rates).

UPDATE 03/05/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

UPDATE 09/25/2013: Rolls Royce unveiled a series of new images and video for the latest addition to its lineup: Wraith. The shots were taken in the beautiful city of Vienna and on location in the spectacular surrounding area.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Rolls Royce Wraith.


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