Rolls-Royce Wraith

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

MONEY no ob­ject? How about the Rolls-Royce Wraith?

Launched last year with first de­liv­er­ies to cus­tomers in the au­tumn, they are cer­tainly exclusive – I have yet to see an­other one on the roads of Greater Manch­ester – al­though Rolls-Royce tells me around 90 per cent of pro­duc­tion is cur­rently go­ing abroad with the car prov­ing par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar in the USA.

But then this is not just a car… it is a mov­ing work of art. An ex­er­cise in en­gi­neer­ing, crafts­man­ship and de­sign ex­cel­lence.

You can imag­ine how de­lighted I was when Rolls-Royce of­fered me the chance to drive one of their mag­nif­i­cent mo­tors for a long week­end. It is the most pow­er­ful Rolls-Royce ever. The Wraith’s twin-turbo, V12, 624 bhp en­gine can hurl the 2.3-tonnes, 17-foot long sports-limo from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and on to a limited 155mph top speed.

As you would ex­pect ev­ery­thing about the car (in­clud­ing the price: £220,00) is fab­u­lous but here are a few touches which par­tic­u­larly ap­pealed.

No rev counter, rather a re­main­ing ‘power me­ter’; the way the Spirit of Ec­stasy mas­cot rises from the end of the bonnet as you get in; the um­brel­las built into the front door posts which flick out at the touch of a but­ton; the RR em­blems which re­main up­right in the cen­tre of the wheels as you mo­tor along and the deep-pile lamb­swool car­pets.

The Rolls-Royce Wraith is an ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous mo­tor car.

Exclusive, lux­u­ri­ous, fan­tas­tic to drive and be seen in with ef­fort­less power and un­ri­valled her­itage – all I need now is that lot­tery win!

●● Rolls-Royce Wraith

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