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2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/24/2015 Stefan Ogbac

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith is a large rear-drive luxury grand tourer with seating for four passengers. A twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 is rated at 624 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque and is the only engine available. With an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Wraith's fuel economy is predictably not a strong point of this 12-cylinder car, at 13/21 mpg city/highway.

Overview

As the most powerful Rolls-Royce, the 2015 Wraith accelerates with authority and belies its heavy curb weight with an as-tested 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds, allowing it to hang with many performance cars in a straight line. The Wraith's handling, however, isn't up to the same standard as cars that prioritize driving dynamics, making a better cruiser than canyon carver. Ride quality remains typical Rolls-Royce, with the car gliding smoothly and quickly on the highway.

The interior is as opulent as one expects in a car that has a starting price of over $200,000, and Rolls-Royce allows buyers to personalize their cars by offering an array of interior and exterior color combinations, upholsteries, veneers, and alloy wheels.

What We Think

The 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith is an excellent grand tourer with an opulent interior and a powerful V-12 engine that gives it prodigious power. In a 2014 First Drive review, we said that the Rolls-Royce Wraith "never tries too hard to be a sports car;" instead, it's "a gentleman's Gran Turismo in the truest sense of the term" due to its plush ride and quiet interior. Handling, however, isn't a strong point because of its unimpressive grip levels.

You'll Like

  • Excellent straight-line acceleration
  • Opulent and highly customizable interior
  • Plush and quiet ride

You Won't Like

  • Gas guzzler
  • The sportiest Rolls is still not meant to be a canyon carver

Key Competitors

  • Bentley Continental GT
  • Maserati Gran Turismo
  • Ferrari FF
  • Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe
  • Aston Martin Vanquish

Rating

4 star

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