Most cars become obsolete over time, but with some completely different metamorphoses occur.
If you look closely at the figure of the “Flying Lady” on the hood of the Rolls-Royce Wraith, you can see that she actually does not fly at all, but is only going to take off or rather jump, and the “girl” is in a very ambiguous position. If a female representative in this form adorned the hood of any other brand, the manufacturer could be accused of violating moral principles. But, as the winged Latin expression says, “what is permitted to Jupiter is not allowed to the bull.”
There is a “Spirit of Ecstasy” (this is the official name of the figure on the hood) and another feature – it has one wing … smaller than the other. This is because for casting the “Spirit of Ecstasy” an old-fashioned piece made inaccurate is used. But no one is going to even out the size of the wings – traditions are paramount. Yes, and the Rolls-Royce models themselves are produced for a long time and are rarely updated. Despite the fact that in reality changes occur constantly, it is simply difficult to notice at first.
I already drove a Wraith coupe three years ago, and the current car seems to be no different. But this is not so. In 2017, the model went through a restyling procedure – following the Rolls-Royce Chost and the new Down convertible, which immediately came out in a restyled form. The coupe has acquired modified headlights, a radiator grill, daytime running lights and bumpers. The front wings also had to be replaced – this was required by a new form of headlights. That is, a lot of work has been done. Nevertheless, the options “before” and “after” in reality differ slightly, so slightly, that if you do not know about the changes, you may not notice anything.
Wraith happened and another update – status. With the release of the new flagship model Phantom, it became known that on its basis coupes and convertibles will no longer be produced, as before. So, now the status of the main (and only) coupe in the Rolls-Royce line has passed precisely to Wraith. So during the test I have to find out along the way whether the car will cope with increased responsibility.
In terms of power – definitely yes! After all, the Phantom Drophead Coupe discontinued with an atmospheric 6.75-liter V12 developed “only” 460 hp, and the 6.6-liter 12-cylinder unit of the Wraith model carries 632 “horses” thanks to twin turbocharging. In terms of dimensions, however, the Ghost (as translated by Wraith) is inferior to its late “relative”, but who said that it is 5.3 meters long and almost 2 meters wide? Yes, most of the long-base executive sedans are smaller!
In the cabin, I found only one change, and it concerns the color scheme of the central screen. If earlier the graphic was green, now it is black and white. It would seem that nothing significant, but it looks more expensive: bright colors are good for show-offs, but here everything is serious. The rest of the interior is the same, and rightly so, because I do not want to change anything in it. Yes, and it’s hard to talk about him. The banal words that the interior is finished with leather, wood and metal cannot convey real sensations from visual, tactile and “olfactory” contact, which cannot be compared with impressions of any other automobile brand (well, except maybe from Bentley).
Over the bustle
The first words of the representative of the traffic police who stopped me for checking were: “Come on!” – so he was surprised by the door opening against the door. And when I showed that it was closed with the help of an electric drive, he was completely speechless. When he nevertheless moved away from the shock, questions began about what power, how much “eats” and how much it costs. By the way, I did not check documents. Finishing it at last with the view of the starry sky on the ceiling, I retired home.
By the way, Rolls-Royce recently offers a new option – “shooting stars”: the simulation of a starry summer night with periodically flying meteors is almost complete, because by request they will make a part of the sky with constellations in your hemisphere. It remains to add the movement of stars in the sky and the meeting of dawn. I am sure that in the next generation models will realize all this.
The huge 12-cylinder engine under the hood impresses with the combination of unrestrained power and intelligence with which it gives out this power. The coupe responds to the fuel supply instantly and almost silently, and acceleration does not lose smoothness, even if you drown the gas pedal to the floor. However, I don’t know of cases when this is required, because even when driving a quarter of the pedal, the entire traffic flow remains behind. And all this in serene silence and complete tranquility.
I always liked the way the Ghost and Wraith pendants work. The coupe is a little tougher than the sedan, although it is still very soft. The only complaint was to periodically “bucking” heavy wheels on sharp irregularities. But here I am riding on the largest 21-inch wheels for Wraith and I don’t feel any bumps even on the nasty temperature joints of the TTK. Miracles, and more! My statement may seem blasphemous, but this Wraith is more comfortable than the next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom.
How is this possible? The fact is that the Goodwood company continues to improve the model as it releases. Sometimes it’s enough to upload a new shock absorber program so that the car will go differently. So it turns out that Wraith, like expensive wine, only gets better over the years. And the last-generation Phantom is a new model, and, as they say, it is still ahead.
For the Rolls-Royce Wraith photo shoot, we agreed to meet with the photographer at five in the morning. An outboard temperature gauge was indicated by a light frost, small drops of drizzling rain settled on the windshield, the asphalt was covered with an ice film. In each more or less sharp turn, the heavy compartment strove to wag the “stern” even with careful handling of the accelerator pedal — something not studded. I managed to take the expensive Rolls-Royce for a test on Tinsmith’s Day …
However, I quickly calmed down. Because Wraith, even in such conditions, confidently kept the course I needed, as if moving not on ice, but on rails. This car gives an extraordinary sense of security, and the “Flying Lady” figure in a frivolous pose speaks of the inviolability of the laws of the universe. I am in a time capsule, silently cutting the surrounding space. Like a ghost …