Although Rolls-Royces found some motorsport successes in the early years, ‘handling’ has never since been particularly high on the list of the company’s priorities.
Until now? Of a fashion. The Wraith is the most dynamic Rolls yet but retains most of the qualities of the Ghost – which means that it rides and glides, albeit with a little less isolation into the cabin than the saloon on which it’s based.
It still feels like a Rolls-Royce, though, so it steers with fingertip lightness, and a sense of imperious detachment is all-pervading.
At times the steering wheel elicits a small shimmy, if you hit a mid-corner bump, to remind you that you’re in a more dynamic car, but don’t mistake a slight openness to corruption as anything like a prelude to feel. The steering offers consistency and linearity, but no more.
This is meant to be a car that is extremely easy to drive quickly. To an extent, that is the case. On motorways, it’s extremely stable and effortlessly responsive. On smaller roads, there is more body movement and settling time than you’d want for truly quick driving, but keep its size and girth in the back of your mind and satisfyingly brisk progress comes naturally.