Rolls-Royce Wraith

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE CAR PAGES -

Bot­tom line: If you buy any­thing other than Rolls-Royce, you are not buy­ing automotive lux­ury. Pe­riod. Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling: The Wraith coupe gets top marks in all three. Just keep in mind that this is not a sports car. It is a cruiser. It does not like to — nor does it need or want to — sweat.

Head-turn­ing quo­tient: It turns heads ev­ery­where, which is not nec­es­sar­ily a good thing.

Body style/lay­out: The 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith is a steel­bod­ied coupe with steel body pan­els and side doors and an alu­minum hood. It is a ve­hi­cle lit­er­ally built to cus­tomer or­der. No two are ex­actly alike.

En­gine/trans­mis­sion: The 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith comes with a 6.6-liter, 48-valve dou­ble-over­head cam V-12 ga­so­line en­gine (624 horse­power, 590 pound-feet of torque) linked to an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Ca­pac­i­ties: Seat­ing is for four peo­ple. The ca­pa­cious trunk af­fords enough stor­age space for the be­long­ings of a party of four — for a week. Fuel ca­pac­ity is 21.9 gal­lons (pre­mium-grade ga­so­line is re­quired).

Mileage: You pay a fed­eral gas­guz­zler tax for this one — about $1,700. That’s be­cause your com­bined city/high­way mileage is about 19 miles per gallon.

Safety: Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes front and rear ven­ti­lated disc brakes, four-wheel anti-lock brake pro­tec­tion, trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol, post-col­li­sion safety sys­tem, emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tions (air-bag de­ploy­ment no­ti­fi­ca­tion), and side and head air bags.

Price: The 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith starts at $290,025. The sky quite lit­er­ally is the limit. The av­er­age price on this one in the Washington area is $308,000. And $390,000 is not un­com­mon.

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