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.
May 8, 2014 - First testing session
Finding a rival for the Rolls-Royce Wraith Drophead is not easy, as very few convertibles have the necessary size and power. The Bentley Continental GT Speed seems to be the only vehicle suited to go against the Wraith Drophead.
The other British luxury drop-top draws its power from a twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter W-12 mill that churns 616 horses and 590 pound-feet of torque. Although it’s not as powerful as the Rolls-Royce, the GT Speed is actually a bit quicker, being able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. The unit is also mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that comes with a new Sport mode for better shifting and throttle response.
Cheaper than the upcoming Wraith Drophead at around $240,000, the Continental GT Speed Convertible has a certain advantage when it comes to styling, looking sportier than the slightly bloated Rolls-Royce.