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The Evolution of the Rolls Royce Wraith


The inception of the Rolls Royce Wraith had only one goal in mind: to revolutionize design and engineering in the motor vehicle industry. Its name says it all; Wraith is a Scottish word for ghost, and the Rolls Royce Wraith is all about flexibility in terms of style and design. The first Rolls Royce Wraith model was released in 1938. Over 70 years later, Rolls Royce decided to revive the model with the same goal but with a modern touch.

The result was an elegant and powerful luxury car that pushed the boundaries of design and style to a whole new level. Rolls Royce has released several models of this lineup since its debut. Today, they are one of the most admired vehicles on the road. Here's a look at all of the Rolls Royce Wraith models.

1938 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith


The 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith is one of the best Rolls Royce cars of all time. It revolutionized opulence and performance during its time, and was the car of choice for some of the wealthiest and most powerful people on the planet. It was used as the Irish Presidential State car, in Brazil as the Brazilian Presidential Ceremonial State Car, and also as the Royal Dutch State Limousine.

This model is every bit classic in its appearance, featuring a curvy and elongated construction typical of the 1900s high-end cars. The interior is spacious and simple, evoking that classic elegance of the Rolls Royce brand we are all so familiar with. It is also fairly fast and powerful for a 1938 vehicle, packing an impressive 4257cc engine that can propel it to a maximum speed of 137kmh.

The 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith is incredibly rare today, as its production ceased in 1946. If you are interested in this car, it would likely be sold in an auction.

2013 Rolls Royce Wraith

2013 Rolls-Royce Wraith

This was the first in line in the second generation of the Wraith model. It retains much of the elegance and opulence of the earlier models while adopting a modern design. The 2013 Rolls Royce Wraith is one of Giles Taylor’s best designs so far. It has smooth angles and a recessed pantheon grille that gives it a sleek appearance. The rear panel is brazed using laser, which elevates the car’s price but also guarantees quality and precision.

It manages to combine two colors beautifully and still maintain an elegant appearance. The interior is as elegant and luxurious as the exterior. The dashboard features wooden panels, an art deco translucent cream, piano black panels, and a range of electronic switches for different functions. The seats are made of plush leather, and are ergonomically designed to ensure maximum comfort. The 2013 Rolls Royce Wraith also houses a powerful engine that’s sort of a stroked version of BMW’s quad- cam V12 engine.

The engine has a power output of 624bhp and a maximum torque of 5,600rpm. It can sprint from 0 to 60mph in 4 short seconds on its way to a top speed of 155mph. The car made its debut in 2013 with a base price of $300,000 in the U.S.

2014 Rolls Royce Wraith


The 2014 version of the Rolls Royce Wraith focused on opulence and good looks. It was slightly flashier than its predecessor, and came with upgrades in the technology department. However, it retained most of the aspects of the 2013 Wraith’s engine. The exterior has a modern touch, but still pays tribute to the classic Rolls Royce appearance. It has a large rectangular grille that carries a tall nose sandwiched between flashy rectangular headlights.

The body is large and compact, and its long and laid-back appearance gives it that classic appearance of the first generation Rolls Royce Wraith models. The interior is all about comfort. The seats are made of plush and soft leather, and the dashboard and arm rests feature a combination of exotic wood and other fine materials. The roof is fitted with an outstanding fiber optic lighting system that resembles a starry night sky.

Despite its laid-back appearance, it actually leaves ample room on the inside. The 2014 Rolls Royce Wraith is powered by a similar engine as the 2013 model and goes for a similar price tag of about $300,000.

2015 Rolls Royce ‘Inspired by Film’


The Rolls Royce ‘Inspired by Film’ model was released in 2015, and was a stylish upgrade of the 2013 and 2014 models. It features a sporty appearance, but underneath, it packs the same engine as its predecessors. The stylish interior was relatively spacious and featured only the best materials such as wooden planks and leather seats. The canadel paneling is outstanding as the exotic wood appearance gives it a luxurious look and feel.

And, like its predecessors, the roof is fitted with the fiber optic lighting system that mimics stars. In spite of this model’s sportive appearance, it drives like many other modern Rolls Royce models. It has a V12 engine with a power output of 624bhp. Its top speed it limited to 155mph, which is fairly fast for most cars in its range. The 2015 Rolls Royce model costs a bit more than its predecessors, and certain aspects of the interior can be customized upon a customer’s request. It goes for about $320,000.

2016 Rolls Royce Wraith


The 2016 Rolls Royce Wraith model shares several similarities with the variant of the BMW 7-series model, but the classic Rolls Royce appearance is unmistakable. The grille is simple yet bold and sleek, and it is beautifully complemented by the crystal-clear rectangular headlights. The nose is tall and upright to highlight the exotic brand. Coupled with the elongated low-laying body, this model has a compact and elegant appearance from any angle.

The interior is designed with a focus on comfort and visual appeal. Like other Rolls Royce models, the dashboard is lined with panels of exotic materials such as wood, and the seats are made of plush leather. Its roof also features the fiber optic lighting system available in its predecessors, but there is an option to get a glass roof with a leather sun blind. The 2016 version of the Rolls Royce Wraith is priced at about $300,000.

Garrett Parker

Written by Garrett Parker

Garrett by trade is a personal finance freelance writer and journalist. With over 10 years experience he's covered businesses, CEOs, and investments. However he does like to take on other topics involving some of his personal interests like automobiles, future technologies, and anything else that could change the world.

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