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.