“See you in a couple of hours”, Aida said, as the O’Gara Coach Bentley specialist graciously ran me through the controls of my test drive.

With all of the drama involved with driving these days, the Rolls Royce Wraith not only calms the seas, but parts them as well.

Want respect from other motorists? Drive a police car… or a Wraith. Even here in jaded L.A. where you are what you drive, folks gave my Salamanca Blue ride lots of deference.

Handsome, stylish, the swooping coupe comes off as masculine, muscular, a gentleman’s grand tourer. No longer understated, the Wraith is edgier and shorter, being purchased by a much younger crowd (and in some cases, kids not even old enough to drink), anxious for the cache and the “be seen” presence of this car.

While other automobiles are designed to engage all your senses, the Wraith is designed to reduce the outside world to someone else’s problem and quietly gliding along buys you the one thing lacking today…time alone…moments to relax and disconnect. Screw traffic…

Open the suicide (ahem…Rolls calls them coach doors…) and Canalela wood meets pebbled leather reeking with the smell of heritage…the interior feels like every private jet I’ve ever climbed into…but unfortunately never got a chance to take off in.

Not built to autocross, the steering is light, though a touch over-assisted, and a fast sweeper onto the expressway is fairly flat with little body roll due to a shortened wheelbase, but get on the gas and nearly 625 British horses made me laugh out loud because NO Rolls Royce should be this fast.

So why do people buy a Wraith? Ego, of course, but quality and exclusivity also play large parts, and the prestige of owning the coolest thing that Rolls builds announces I’M SUCCESSFUL to both you and others.

Assuming you have $360,000, or so, to spend on what I’m told amounts to a second or third car for the typical buyer, the Wraith is going to make you feel special every time your in it.

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STATS:Rolls Royce Wraith

  • Twin Turbo V-12 produces 624 HP makes this the most powerful Rolls ever built
  • 0-60 in 4.4 Seconds
  • Will smoke the tires from a stand still (I heard)
  • 8 Speed Satellite Aided Transmission-uses GPS to anticipate the road ahead and suggest gearing based on the driver’s style and speed…
  • Coach style doors open from the front

 

And the only disadvantage of driving the Wraith was disappointing
other motorists; countless times they would sneak up, have a peek and then scoot away when they discovered I wasn’t some celebrity… although my demo had just been returned by a member of a famous rock band.

COMPETITION: Bentley GT

Rule Britannia…da-da-da-da…

 

Dave

 

***Headed to L.A.? Call my friend Aida Adavisian 310-967-7104 for a test drive and mention my name. As always, thanks to O’Gara Coach of Beverly Hills for letting me play in traffic…

 

 

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About the Author: Dave Miller

Dave Miller With Lotus GT
Dave Miller drives the fastest, coolest, sexiest cars on the planet. He travels the world uncovering the hidden gems in luxury transportation, meeting the owners, and connecting with extraordinary car enthusiasts. Dave is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and writes for various publications. In addition to DriveWithDave.com, you can follow Dave's adventures via Drive With Dave Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and tune into the Drive with Dave Podcast via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud.

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