The Wraith incorporates an industry-first eight-speed satellite aided automatic transmission which uses GPS data to help select the right gear for you.

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Pace with Grace


Forget what you know about the staid image of Rolls-Royce because the Wraith takes it in an entirely new, far sportier, even race-track bred direction.


As times change and the ‘new money’ gets younger, Rolls-Royce too has shifted direction as it attempts to bring its average age down by a decade or two. So we gave the Wraith a proper shake out – on the Goodwood race track of course.


The ceremony of handing over the key to a new Rolls-Royce is usually carried out in a plush hotel foyer or showroom and maybe with a cup of tea in hand. But things are changing and as I collected the key to the Wraith Coupé, I was sitting in pit lane and pointed towards the car facing towards the famous Goodwood race track.


Goodwood sits over the back fence of the Rolls-Royce factory and has seen the likes of Fangio, Moss, Graham Hill, Sir Jack Brabham and Jackie Stewart dominate over many decades. So with history like this, it seemed the only venue to crack on in 624bhp of V12, twin-turbocharged British muscle. [To be continued...]

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