In early 2015, Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke division began working on a trilogy of distinctive Wraith models to showcase the brand’s customizing potential. The 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith "Inspired by Film," which celebrates Rolls-Royce’s long association with the silver screen, was the first to arrive, followed by the 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith "Inspired by Fashion," which featured materials and motifs borrowed from cutting-edge high fashion. Now the Brits have launched the Wraith "Inspired by Music," a coupe built on the brand’s storied history from the rock ’n roll years.

Like any luxury brand that was popular in the 1950s and 1960s, Rolls-Royce had a special relationship with famous musicians. Both Elvis Presley and John Lennon, arguably two of the most influential musicians of the ’60s, purchased Rolls-Royce Phantoms to parade in or even travel to their own concerts. Lennon even went as far as to convert the Phantom’s rear bench-seat into a double bed and commissioned a TV, a portable refrigerator and record player for the car, as well as hire a Dutch art collective to repaint the car in a psychedelic livery that mirrored the decorations on fairground caravans.

Lennon’s car is now one of the world’s most recognizable Rolls-Royces, and continues to highlight the relationship between the luxury automaker and the rock ’n roll and hippie eras. The Wraith "Inspired by Music" was created to celebrate just that, though it’s unknown whether its owner has anything to do with today’s music industry.

Continue reading to learn more about the Rolls-Royce Wraith "Inspired By Music".

  • 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith "Inspired By Music"
  • Year:
    2016
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  • 0-60 time:
    4.4 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    350000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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Much like other Wraiths from this series of Bespoke models, the "Inspired by Music" coupe features a custom paint job. This time around, Rolls-Royce went with Lyrical Copper, a dark, metallic copper finish blending "brushed and polished textures." The Brits created this special color to hint "at the use of copper in only the very best audio systems." It does make sense, sort of, given this Wraith is a tribute to the music industry. Besides the bespoke paint, the coupe also has a set of 21-inch, seven-spoke wheels. Finished in gloss-black and chrome, the rims provide a strong contrast with the otherwise dark shade of the body. Of course, the massive chrome grille, the hood ornaments, the window trim, and the door handles add their own glitter.

Interior

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Opening the massive doors reveals custom sills with "Inspired By Music" lettering. The copper theme of the exterior continues inside the cabin, with copper-colored speakers, door inserts, dashboard and center console.

The door pockets and floor mats are made from finely-woven leather, while the instrument cluster features white gauges.

Nearly everything else is finished in black, resulting in a two-tone interior. The door pockets and floor mats are made from finely-woven leather, while the instrument cluster features white gauges. The traditional clock on the dashboard is also unique to this model, sporting copper and silver details, as well as radial lines on the outer bezel that imitate the look and feel of vinyl records.

But the highlight of the Wraith "Inspired by Music" is the Bespoke Audio system. Said to have been created from scratch by "the world’s very best automotive audio engineers," the Bespoke Audio system was developed over two years under the supervision of Rolls-Royce interior designers, who made sure it was "perfectly tuned to the interior" of the Wraith.

It uses a 1,300-watt, 18-channel system comprising two highly powerful bass speakers, seven tweeters, and seven mid-range speakers to create what Rolls-Royce describes as an "unrivaled aural experience."

Drivetrain

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Remember how the 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith St. James Edition received eight extra horses over the standard model to become the most powerful Wraith in production, Rolls-Royce’s most potent vehicle yet, as well as the first Bespoke vehicle to have a tweaked engine?

Charging from 0 to 60 mph takes only 4.4 seconds, which makes it quicker than a 2015 Chevrolet SS in a straight line.

Well, it turns out not all Bespoke-crafted Wraiths will get the same treatment, as the "Inspired by Music" coupe employs a regular Wraith drivetrain.

Of course, I’m well aware most customers won’t complain with a 6.6-liter V-12 that cranks out 624 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque at the end of their accelerator pedals, but I just had to get this rant out of the way.

Anyway, the Wraith is fast enough as it is, despite tipping the scales at nearly 5,400 pounds. Charging from 0 to 60 mph takes only 4.4 seconds, which makes it quicker than a 2015 Chevrolet SS in a straight line, while top speed is an impressive 186 mph. All these figures are achieved with the help of the same ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic found in all Rolls-Royce models.
But hey! Can’t drive slow when you’re listening to "Helter Skelter," can you? "I’m coming down fast..."

Prices

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There’s no word as to how many of these cars will be built and how much they will cost, but considering the regular Wraith is priced from about $300,000, the "Inspired by Music" should fetch close to $400,000. Chances are this vehicle is a one-off.

Competition

2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed

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Given its size, large number of luxury features and customizing options, the Wraith is pretty much in a league of its own. However, there is a coupe that will give the Wraith a run for its money if you’re willing to settle for less opulence. Each time Bespoke launches a new Wraith I can’t help but remember that Bentley is in dire need of a customizing division of its own. But until that happens, the Continental GT Speed’s only advantage over the Wraith is in the performance department.

The 6.0-liter W-12 under its long hood cranks out 626 horsepower and 607 pound-feet of torque. Those two extra horses and an additional 17 pound-feet of twist over the Wraith, combined with the lighter curb weight and sportier attitude, results in a four-second sprint from 0 to 60 mph and a top speed of 206 mph.

More good news in favor of the GT Speed comes in the pricing department, as the Bentley starts from $203,500 in the U.S.

Read more about the 2016 Continental GT in our detailed review here.

Conclusion

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While basically all Bespoke Rolls-Royces are special in their own way, the Wraith "Inspired by Music" takes things up a notch. It features an extensively modified interior, which isn’t always the case with Bespoke models, and, more importantly, it’s theme harkens back to the days when rock ’n roll icons Elvis Presley and John Lennon commissioned their very own bespoke Rolls-Royce models. All told, the Wraith "Inspired by Music" is the kind of car a 21st century rock star would drive. And I assume they’ve replaced John’s turntable with a CD player.

  • Leave it
    • * Likely a one-off you can’t buy
    • * Lacks the St. James Edition’s slightly uprated engine

Press Release

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has contributed to the myth and legend of the contemporary music scene since the birth of Rock & Roll. Over half a century later, this long-standing love affair lives on, with some of the world’s most celebrated artists choosing the marque as the ultimate affirmation of their success. In this spirit, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to present Wraith ‘Inspired by Music’.

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Since the launch of Wraith in 2013, customers have been able to commission their Rolls-Royce Wraith with Bespoke Audio; the most exhaustively designed sound system in automotive history. Like every element of a Rolls-Royce motor car, its construction blends the finest components with the skill of the most eminent experts in their field. Now, with Wraith ‘Inspired by Music’, these characteristics, and the precious materials used in the Bespoke Audio system, are brought very much to the fore, creating ‘the most exclusive music venue’ that delivers an unrivalled aural experience.

“Wraith ‘Inspired by Music’ appeals to those looking to Rolls-Royce for unique and creative motor cars. Its effortlessly cool appearance complements the superior Bespoke Audio system; the contemporary use of copper creates an atmospheric setting for the most encompassing music system on the market,” commented Torsten Müller Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

A Lyrical Copper exterior paint finish, presented with a blend of brushed and polished textures elegantly hints at the use of copper in only the very best audio systems. On opening the car’s coach-doors attention is drawn to re-imagined speaker grilles, here presented in copper theme, and engraved with the words ‘Bespoke Audio’. The door panniers and floor mats have been crafted from finely-woven leather to add an additional depth of tactility to the car’s interior cabin. Copper-coloured door inserts, which start at the front of the cabin before tapering at the rear, have been included in the design to emphasise Wraith’s characteristic internal curves.

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A book matched copper finish features for the first time on Wraith’s fascia, boldly extending the car’s theme. The same copper tone extends to Wraith’s signature seat bullets.

The fastidious detail that went into the development of the car’s sound-system is employed in every facet of the construction of the car. For example, the chaplets on the clock have been designed and meticulously crafted with a combination of warming copper and silver, whilst the radial lines of the outer bezel playfully emulate the look and feel of vinyl records.

The Bespoke Audio system was created from scratch by a team of the world’s very best automotive audio engineers. The two-year development process saw the team work closely with Rolls-Royce interior designers to ensure the system was perfectly tuned to the interior of the cabin. Indeed, this pursuit of aural perfection was deemed so important the interior designers had to consult with the Chief Audio Engineer before making any changes.

The extraordinary clarity of sound and dynamic range is delivered via a 1300W, 18 channel system comprising two highly powerful bass speakers, seven tweeters and seven mid range speakers. Two ‘exciter’ speakers hand-fitted in the car’s headlining play a vital role in bringing the sound to the listener at ear-level; ensuring the output perfectly imitates the way music is experienced in a live setting. Microphones constantly monitor ambient and exterior noises and will adjust volume and tone settings automatically to ensure no external agent detracts from the user’s listening pleasure.

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Wraith ‘Inspired by Music’ completes a trilogy of striking and distinctive Bespoke Collections. The first, Wraith ‘Inspired by Film’ celebrates Rolls-Royce’s long association with the silver screen whilst, Wraith ‘Inspired by Fashion’ allows customers to commission a true piece of automotive haute couture inspired by the materials and motifs of cutting-edge high fashion.

Rolls-Royce: the ‘Rock & Roll’ years:

In January 1961, Elvis Presley walked into the Beverley Hills Rolls-Royce dealership. Flush with the success of his music career and a five-year movie deal, he ordered a Rolls-Royce Phantom V; the only motor car in the world that could possibly befit his status as the ‘King of Rock & Roll’. From that day on, a Rolls-Royce motor car became the conveyance of choice for the music scene’s burgeoning elite.

Many of these cars have taken their place in automotive and music folklore. John Lennon, for example, acquired a Phantom V in 1965. During his ownership he commissioned a number of cutting-edge additions for the time including; a television, portable refrigerator, record player and the first blacked-out windows to appear on a car in England. He was so enamoured with the interior comfort of the finest riding car in the world, he is reported to have converted the rear bench-seat into a double bed.

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However, it is his car’s exterior that ensures its place in the pantheon of famous Rolls-Royces. Not satisfied with the Phantom’s stately Valentines Black finish, he commissioned a Dutch art collective to re-paint the car in a psychedelic motif designed to mirror the decorations on fairground caravans. The result was not met with universal acclaim, with Lennon often recounting the tale of a woman who chased the car, shouting, “You swine! You swine! How dare you do that to a Rolls-Royce!”

One particular story resulting from the music world’s love affair with Rolls-Royce has segued from folklore to infamy. It concerns The Who drummer, Keith Moon and the night of his 21st birthday at the Holiday Inn in Flint Michigan. Legend goes that a somewhat high spirited Mr Moon drove his Rolls-Royce into the hotel’s swimming pool. This is categorically untrue and is probably an overblown conflation of two stories.

The first, involves a regrettable yet entirely understandable lapse of concentration, with Mr Moon failing to fully secure his Rolls-Royce’s handbrake. Unfortunately he had parked on a slope leading to a half-constructed swimming pool. The car made a characteristically graceful descent down the hill before coming to rest at the bottom of the unfilled pool.

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The second is a little closer to the legend. On purchasing a new American car he tried to charge it to the band’s account, naturally they refused to indulge his request. Mr Moon expressed his displeasure by parking the car in an ornamental pond before telephoning the dealer to take it away. Not something he would ever have done to his beloved Rolls-Royce.

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