• Rolls-Royce Wraith
    The Wraith is powered by a twin-turbo V12 that displaces 6.6 litres
  • The Ghost features 285-section tyres on 20-inch rims instead of the Ghost's 255-section 19s
  • Wraith's version of Rolls's 'pantheon' radiator grille is made to look more like an intake and less like the Parthenon itself
  • The headlights let night become day
  • This is as understated as a roof spoiler needs to be on a fast Rolls-Royce
  • The extended rear pillars are the Wraith's least flattering features – there's just a bit too much metalwork on show
  • The driving position is armchair-upright but it doesn't feel overly high
  • Many drivers would probably prefer a conventional tachometer instead of the Power Reserve gauge
  • The seats are supremely comfortable and decorated with piping and stainless steel details
  • Voice-activated sat-nav is standard, along with myriad other modern functions
  • The attention to detail in the Rolls-Royce's cabin is, as you'd expect, excellent
  • 'Canadel' panelling is a stunning new inclusion for the Wraith
  • Access to the back isn't bad, and the space in the second row is more than sufficient for two average-sized adults
  • In the back the only real limiting factor is the headroom
  • Star-lit roof lining adds to the Rolls-Royce's interior ambience
  • The boot is slightly shorter and narrower than a Ghost's
  • Brisk acceleration is never more than a flex of the ankle away
  • Twin turbos help the V12 churn out 624bhp at 5600rpm
  • The Wraith rides in the fashion you'd expect a Rolls-Royce to
  • A tendency to oversteer is apparent in high-speed corners, where it will roll into a slide slowly
  • The ESC system has the kind of boundaries that you'd hope for in a sporting luxury car
  • It's easy to coax the Wraith into a big, easily held slide
  • Everything that a dynamic Rolls-Royce should be

One method of deciding on a star rating for our road tests is to consider, if we had carte blanche, what we’d change about the car we’re testing.

In the Rolls-Royce Wraith’s case, considering who makes it and what it’s supposed to do, we end up with a list notable for its brevity.

Matt Saunders

Deputy road test editor
A sublime mix of luxurious heft and near-silent tranquility. A supreme new benchmark

We suspect some owners (and us, too) would like the option of being more involved in the driving process, but apart from that there’s precious little here that we’d want different next time – apart from the obvious caveats of less weight and more efficiency that underpin all future cars.

Otherwise, the Wraith is as hushed as a car manufactured in Goodwood ought to be, yet as dynamically rewarding as any car with a near 2.5-tonne kerb weight and such an isolated ride has any right to be. In its interior and ambience, it is almost perfectly judged.

Rivals like the Aston Martin Rapide might be ten times the driver's car – and prettier – but they're not ten times the product.

The Wraith is a hit, in other words, capable of both enchanting and involving all who drive it.

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