Open-top Rolls-Royce Wraith in development ahead of a likely on-sale date in mid-2016
18 March 2015

The open-top version of the Rolls-Royce Wraith coupé has been spotted cold weather testing ahead of its likely launch in 2016.

A test mule was first spied near BMW’s headquarters in Munich last year, and these latest spy shots give clues as to how development of the car is progressing.

The open-top baby Rolls shares a wheelbase with the Wraith on which it is based and the same two-door layout. Despite the heavy disguise, it is possible to make out Ghost syling cues, including the front-end design and gently sloping rear deck.

The test mule has a hard-top cover, but this is covering a soft-top that will appear on the production car, something that also appears on the Phantom Drophead Coupé.

The mechanical make-up is expected to be almost identical to that of the Wraith, with the two cars set to share the same 624bhp, twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 engine. The new open-top model is likely to offer a less focused drive than the Wraith, which is billed as the most dynamic Rolls-Royce model available. 

The new model is provisionally known as Wraith Drophead Coupé, which would follow the naming convention of the larger Phantom family. However, Rolls could look to give the model its own bespoke name, with Corniche one possible option, a badge that is understood to appeal to senior BMW and Rolls-Royce management.

Giving the open-top model its own distinct name would also fit in with the naming strategy of the Ghost family; the Wraith was given its own bespoke badge rather than taking the name Ghost Coupé, after the model on which it is based.

It's likely that it will go on sale in mid-2016, with prices set to start at around £250,000.

Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below:

Our Verdict

Rolls-Royce Wraith
The Wraith is powered by a twin-turbo V12 that displaces 6.6 litres

Can a more sporting edge to the driving experience work in a Rolls?

Join the debate

Comments
2

18 March 2015
...the test mule has a hard top. If so it is the wrinkliest hard top I have ever seen and those edges across the top of the doors look more like a stitched edge with a bit of not to well applied wrap. One of us I think needs new glasses (and I got mine last week).

18 March 2015
That's actually a person nestling in the back, under the camo. The car comes with a real live flunky who operates the roof, etc and he lives in the boot. Which itself is carpeted, with a fridge and wi-fi etc. It's a bit like a wheeled yacht.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    1 April 2015
    The Mirai is Toyota's first stab at a UK production hydrogen fuel cell-powered car. What's it like to drive and does it make sense?
  • First Drive
    27 March 2015
    Lavishly-equipped, rugged-looking Peugeot 508 estate is a pleasant drive, but there are many more recommendable alternatives
  • 308 GT 1.6-litre petrol is priced from £24,095
    First Drive
    27 March 2015
    Peugeot's given the 308 the engine from the 208 GTi 30th and some chassis upgrades; we find out if the changes bring a bit of old-school Peugeot hot-hatch magic to this likeable family hatch.
  • Car review
    26 March 2015
    Does Suzuki's new city runabout have what it takes to succeed?
  • First Drive
    26 March 2015
    Collins Performance has given the Fiesta ST 270bhp and 265lb ft, but has our favourite fast Ford been ruined in the process?