Inspired by classic, luxury yachts

Back in 2013 Rolls-Royce revived the Wraith name for a two-door that was smaller than its only coupe at the time, the Phantom Coupe. A spiritual successor to the Camargue (1975-1986), the Wraith became the fastest and most powerful model in Rolls-Royce’s 100-year history. Sold without any updates in its first three years on the market, the Wraith has spawned a significant number of special-edition and one-off models crafted by the company’s Bespoke division. Following the release of the all-black Wraith Black Badge model in March 2016, Rolls-Royce is now introducing the Wraith Nautical Edition, a model inspired by classic racing yachts.

Designed to capture the "streamlined power of a graceful sea vessel" and fitted with an interior that pays homage to the decking seen on classic, luxury yachts, the Nautical Edition sports a unique exterior paint and a dashboard that’s not available on the standard model. As usual, the focus was to give it an exquisite appearance using custom paints, leather, and wood veneers rather that modify body panels and meddle with the drivetrain.

The Wraith Nautical Edition is the second yacht-inspired car Bespoke has built recently. In 2015, the customizing division launched the Phantom Nautica Edition, which features the same Arabian Blue paint, but on the engine hood, roof, and trunk lid, rather than on the side panels, which were finished in Orchid White. While the Phantom Nautica was pretty cool to look at, the Wraith Nautical does a better job at paying tribute to classic luxury yachts. Keep reading to find out why.

Continue reading to learn more about the Rolls Royce Wraith Nautical Edition.

What makes the Rolls Royce Wraith Nautical Edition special

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Much like any Bespoke model, the Wraith Nautical Edition sports a standard exterior design enhanced by a special paint scheme. This model features Arabian Blue side body panels and bumper and an English White grille surround, engine hood, roof, and trunk lid. The pinstriped coachline received a white anchor motif that further highlights the yacht-inspired finish. Rolls-Royce says that the color combination "captures the streamlined power of a graceful sea vessel," a statement that’s actually pretty accurate thanks to the Wraith’s fastback body style. Rounding out the exterior is a set of massive two-tone wheels in chrome and the same Arabian Blue seen on the body.

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The yacht-inspired theme is more obvious on the inside, where the coupe gained an authentic dashboard veneer that mimics the decking on classic cruiser boats. A more complex anchor motif that blends seamlessly into the veneer was conceived for the passenger side of the dashboard. The seats and the door panels are draped in brown Forest Fall leather highlighted by Navy Blue piping. The contrast is subtle and elegant, while the dark blue carpet on the floor and lower area of the center tunnel enhances the two-tone scheme.

The Nautical Edition is also equipped with the Starlight Headliner, a Bespoke feature that turns the roof into a starlit sky. The unique effect is achieved by fitting delicate fibre optic strands at varying depths and at different angles, causing the light to escape in multiple directions and at different intensities. The brightness of each "star" can be adjusted to either bright enough for reading under or dim enough to create a relaxing glow. To create such a "constellation," the leather is perforated with 800 to 1,600 holes. The Starlight Headliner takes nine to 17 hours to create depending on customer specifications.

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Rolls-Royce had nothing to say about the car’s drivetrain, but it’s safe to assume that the Nautical Edition is equipped with the Wraith’s standard engine and transmission. The massive 6.6-liter V-12 cranks out 623 turbocharged horses and 590 pound-feet of torque, which are enough to send the coupe flying from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph. Sure, it would have been nice for the Nautical Edition to get the extra 51 pound-feet that the company offered in the Wraith Black Badge, but performance isn’t something customers should complain about. After all, this 5,400-pound vehicle is quicker than a Chevrolet SS in a straight line.

There’s no info on pricing yet, but the Nautical Edition should cost nearly $400,000. The standard Wraith retails from around $300,000 before options.

Rolls Royce Wraith

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Launched in 2013, the Wraith is Rolls-Royce’s first two-door coupe that’s less than 18 feet long since the Camargue, which was discontinued in 1986. Designed by Pavle Trpinac on the BMW F01 platform that underpinned the previous-generation 7 Series, the Wraith was named after a model that the company produced in 1938 and 1939 as a rolling chassis. Powered by a twin-turbocharged, 6.6-liter V-12 rated at 623 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, the Wraith was the most powerful Rolls-Royce in history at launch. A convertible version named Dawn was introduced in 2015.

Read our full review on the Rolls Royce Wraith here.

Source: Rolls Royce

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