Rolls-Royce Wraith: I Was A Somebody Once

I have driven four Rolls-Royces in my lifetime. No, I have not owned four, but the six hours that I spent with each car is more than many will in a lifetime. Several years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of driving the Phantom Sedan, Phantom Long Wheelbase Sedan, Phantom Coupe and Phantom Drophead Coupe. This represented the entire lineup in 2009, and I wish I had that connection now, with the impending debut of the all-new Rolls-Royce Wraith. Photos: See more Rolls-Royce models  While Mini may be getting larger, the opposite end of the automotive spectrum is getting smaller. The first example of this is the Wraith; a large two-door hauler that is seven inches smaller than the Ghost, aka the "Baby Rolls." The Wraith will be an elegant grand touring coupe, and is likely to come equipped with a V12 good for 600 horsepower. For anyone curious about the name, it is a callback to the Silver Wraiths of the 1950's. Rolls-Royces can seem stuffy at times. Under most conditions, they pull away from a stop in second gear for the smoothest ride. That said, the current design language lends itself to the coupe form, and this car should be spectacular. I'm going to be nagging the crap out of Rolls-Royce this summer to get behind the wheel of the Wraith!

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