Proving its commitment to manufacturing in West Sussex, Rolls-Royce unveiled one of its boldest cars to date at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Goodwood-based motors firm is intending to begin production of its stunning new arrival, the Wraith, later this year and it has already caused a considerable level of hype within the motoring industry.
This striking GT is a radical departure from the company’s core Ghost and Phantom models, and is powered by a 642bhp V12 engine, with an eight speed gearbox.
According to initial testing, it is capable of 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and is expected to be available in a number of bespoke interior and options.
“Today we launch the ultimate gentlemen’s gran turismo, a car that embodies the spirit of Charles Stewart Rolls,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, chief executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
“The most powerful Rolls-Royce in history, Wraith promises the sense of adventure and speed that drove our founding forefather.
“But of course, Wraith’s starting point is luxury, refinement and quality, traits that remain as important to Rolls-Royce customers today as they were more than a century ago.” Rolls-Royce chairman Harald Krüger added: “The BMW Group today reconfirms its full commitment to the future of Rolls-Royce. Growth and a prosperous future lie ahead thanks to continued investment, careful brand stewardship and the launch of groundbreaking new models like Rolls-Royce Wraith, a magnificent addition to the product range.”
Advances in mechanical and electrical technology deliver systems including head-up display, adaptive headlights and a keyless opening boot.
In addition, there is also voice activation commands come with a one-touch call button located on the steering wheel. For its sat nav, a destination no longer requires manual input from a navigation menu and route assistance begins immediately, on-screen and via audio guidance following a voice command.
Further improvements in communications come in the design and functionality of the elegant Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller. This allows navigation through on-screen functions using a touch pad. The first deliveries of the car are due by the end of 2013.