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Price, fuel economy, range and depreciation

The Wraith is a predictably expensive machine. A typical buyer would be expected to add several tens of thousands of pounds worth of options to the £230,320 list price, and already there are nearly new cars on the secondhand market with prices north of £275k in reflection of that.

With rival offerings from Bentley and Aston Martin available for little more than half as much, the Wraith certainly looks like a committed purchase. Owners would expect nothing less, of course; perhaps that’s the price of such distinguished exclusivity.

The star-lit roof is popular and bound to be sought after come resale time

There’s more heartening news on depreciation. The oldest related Rolls-Royce Ghost saloons have given up only about £80,000 of their after-options showroom value in three years, and the rarer Wraith can be expected to do better still.

Strong value retention over that kind of timeframe means that you’ll lose no more money owning a Wraith than you would a much cheaper Aston Martin Rapide S, for instance.

Fuel economy is respectable. Our touring economy test proves that you can get better than 27mpg from a Wraith on a steady extra-urban run, should you ever want or need to. Exercise the right pedal and it’s less convincing. We averaged 15.2mpg.

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