Since 1907, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars have been braking the mould of engineering and craftmanship. Their pedigree places them as one of the most iconic brands in the world. Renowned for luxury, but also with a history for performance. In the 1930’s, Rolls-Royce ruled the land, air, and sea – Having held simultaneous speed records for all three challenges. 80 years later, we are under a new era for Rolls-Royce. The brand is owned by BMW, but the company continues its tradition of making “the world’s best automobiles.”
When I got a phone call that Rolls-Royce was sending me a Wraith for a week, I thought I was dreaming. The Wraith is Rolls-Royce’s most powerful production car ever built.
Under the hood is a monsterous 624 horsepower V12 engine. The motor is paired with a satilite aided transmission – you heard right, satilite – the transmission uses GPS to know the road ahead. If you are driving the car hard and approaching a turn, the Rolls-Royce Wraith will automatically downshift for you before you get into the turn… The car thinks for you.
At a curb rate of over 5,000 pounds, most people would think this SUV sized coupe wouldn’t be quick off of the line… but they’re are wrong. The Wraith can do zero to sixty in 4.4 seconds. That is faster than the Porsche 911!
Of course the best part of the Rolls-Royce Wraith is its luxurious interior. The seats, dash, and doors are wrapped in bull’s leather. Most other manufactures use cow leather, because it is cheaper. Cow’s leather stretches overtime and causes creases. Rolls-Royce only uses bull’s leather, because bull’s leather is stronger and doesn’t stretch. The vehicle I drove was a bespoke model, which means that it uses custom materials, and it makes it a one-of-a-kind car. This beauty featured ostrich leather on the center consol, 1″ lambs wool floormats, and teak wood trim on the doors. The doors on Rolls-Royce are particularly special, because they are the suicide doors (notice the photo at the very top). The doors open from the front, which it make it easier to get in and out of the car. But, unless you have someone to close the door for you, it is extremely difficult to close the door for yourself. Rolls-Royce has a solution… motorized a doors! With the push of a button, your door closes for you.
Another opulent feature of the Rolls-Royce Wraith is the night sky headliner. 1,340 LEDs re-create your favorite constellation in the night sky.
The whole point in owning a Rolls-Royce is how refined it gets you from point A to point B. Driving the Wraith is like “floating on a cloud.” You don’t feel the bumps in the road, you don’t hear the wind noise, and you don’t realize that you are moving until you look out of the window. The Wraith is nearly silent, even at highway speeds. I caught myself going faster than I had intended on multiple occasions. The car is a joy to cruise in – I could drive it for hours up and down A1A or 95. It is by far the best Rolls-Royce to drive yourself in.
I will admit, being a 28 year old guy, I felt a little weird driving a $400,000 car for a week. One of my friend’s commented that it looks like I stole Dad’s car… The Rolls-Royce Wraith draws a lot of attention. I had people ask me all sorts of questions: How can someone so young afford such a nice car? Can you give me money? Are you a celebrity? The Wraith is definitely over the top! It makes a statement and sets you apart from all of the other drivers on the road.
A Rolls-Royce wouldn’t be complete with out its mascot, the Spirit of Ectasy. She pops out of the grill when the car is turned on; and at night, she lit with brilliant white LEDs for all of the world to see.
Let’s talk about the Pros and Cons of driving a Rolls-Royce…
Pros: 1) You get a lot of attention. 2) You know you are driving the world’s best luxury car. 3) The seats and ride are so comfortable, you feel refreshed getting out of the car after a long trip.
Cons: 1) You get a lot of attention. 2) You need to be carful where you park – theives like to steal the hood ornament, fans like to take pictures with the car, and envious drivers might try to key the car.
There is no question that the 2015 Rolls-Royce rules the road. Its superior ride, beautiful design, and vast number of factory customizations makes it the most luxurious car money can buy.
So the question is, is the 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith worth the $400,000 (with options) price tag? I say yes!