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Rolls-Royce Wraith Unveiled. Dead Sexy.

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I’m lusting.  I’ll never afford it as a journalist but it is time to purchase a Powerball ticket.  Hip Hop star The Game must be uber-upset.  I read an interview where he discusses blowing a lot of money this year on cars, and then references in a song “Arm hangin’ out the window with that black Ghost with those chrome pipes.”  But that Rollie-accessorized arm out of the Roller was just in the wrong vehicle by a few months.  I know he would have purchased the Wraith over the Ghost.  I hope he has a good advance from his record company to cover the depreciation on the trade in.

Why?  The Wraith looks like Miranda Kerr in Givenchy.  Dead sexy.  Now to the tech: The tranny gets input from the GPS to always select the proper gear depedning on the vehicle speed, road angle and elevation.  Wow.  I know the new S-Class has a GPS that talks to the seat belts to tighten them up around curves, but this tech is unreal.  Also, the fiber-optic lamps encrusted into the headliner give off way more bling than our man The Game’s diamond laced timepiece.

Check out the release below for the rest of the story.  And get ready to dream big.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly presents the world debut of  Wraith,   the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history. At its  heart lie   hallmark Rolls-Royce attributes of luxury, refinement and  hand-craftsmanship, but the new model from the world’s pinnacle  super-luxury marque also presents a unique character defined by power,  style and drama. With just a hint of the noir.
“Today we launch the ultimate gentlemen’s gran turismo, a car  that embodies the spirit of Charles Stewart Rolls,” commented Torsten  Müller-Ötvös, CEO Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “The most powerful  Rolls-Royce in history, Wraith promises the sense of adventure and  speed that drove our founding forefather. But of course, Wraith’s  starting point is luxury, refinement and quality, traits that remain  as important to Rolls-Royce customers today as they were more than a  century ago.”
Rolls-Royce Chairman and BMW Group board member Harald Krüger  added the following: “The BMW Group today reconfirms its full  commitment to the future of Rolls-Royce. Growth and a prosperous  future lie ahead thanks to continued investment, careful brand  stewardship and the launch of groundbreaking new models like  Rolls-Royce Wraith, a magnificent addition to the product range.”
In profile, Wraith’s sweeping fastback design gives the car its  unique character. Bold lines, tension in the panels and a raked rear  screen evoke the image of a world class athlete poised in the starting  blocks. Further expression of dynamic intent can be seen in Wraith’s  deeply recessed grille, wide rear track and dramatic two-tone presentation.
Coach doors open to reveal a sumptuous interior complete with  softest Phantom-grade leathers and expanses of wood called Canadel Panelling. Named after the famous cove in the South of France where  Sir Henry Royce and his design and engineering teams spent their  winters, this contemporary and tactile finish sweeps through the  interior, cosseting four occupants in a space bathed in light and warmth.
The interior ambiance is complemented by Starlight Headliner, a  Bespoke feature available beyond Phantom family cars for the first  time. 1,340 fibre optic lamps are hand-woven into the roof lining to  give the impression of a glittering, starry night sky.
Performance delivers on the promise of Wraith’s styling. Power  delivery is effortless, but dramatic, thanks to a V12 engine married  to 8-speed automatic ZF transmission. 624 bhp / 465kW is available to  the driver while the 0-60 mph sprint is achieved in 4.4 seconds,  compared with 563 bhp / 420kW and 0-60 in 4.7 seconds for Ghost.
From 1,500 rpm 800 Nm of torque is available (780 Nm for Ghost),  while a wide rear track, shorter wheelbase and lower roof height  further contribute to the most powerful, involving driving experience  of any Rolls-Royce in history. The car’s suspension has also been  tuned to minimise body roll and discreetly amplify feedback when  cornering; while steering weight is heavier at high speeds and lighter  at low speeds adding to the spirited drive.
However, Wraith is no GT bruiser. Agility improvements have been  achieved with absolutely no compromise to the sensation of riding on a  bed of air. Furthermore, the debut of Satellite Aided Transmission  (SAT) technology takes the powertrain to a new level of effortless  delivery, one that perfectly suits the Rolls-Royce brand.
Satellite Aided Transmission uses GPS data to see beyond what  the driver sees; it anticipates his next move based on location and  current driving style, then selects the most appropriate gear for the  terrain ahead. Corners, motorway junctions and roundabouts are all  anticipated in advance meaning Wraith is constantly poised to deliver  on its promise of performance.
A more polished, effortless driving experience and even better  response brings a new, more dynamic dimension to the famous  Rolls-Royce trait, waftability.
For over a century a Rolls-Royce motor car has featured  technologies designed to support occupants discreetly, delivering a  peerless driving experience epitomised by the term ‘effortlessness’.  In every Rolls-Royce these assist the driver when called upon, but are  prepared to return without fuss to the background when no longer required.
Advances in mechanical and electrical technology deliver systems  like head-up display, adaptive headlights and Wraith’s keyless opening  boot. But improvements in connectivity have taken the human-machine  interface to a new level of sophistication, a suite of aids that could  be likened to a contemporary on-board valet.
Voice activation commands, for example, come with a one-touch call button located on the steering wheel. A destination no longer requires manual input from a navigation menu and route assistance  begins immediately, on-screen and via audio guidance following a voice command such as “navigate to Piccadilly in London.”
Additional improvements in communications come in the design and  functionality of the elegant Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller. This  allows navigation through on-screen functions using a touch pad that  features pinch and pull functionality to echo smart phone usage.  Letters can also be ‘drawn’ onto the pad by hand rather than by  scrolling through a series of available characters on-screen.

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