The Rolls-Royce Wraith Is The Most Powerful Way To Deliver Mustard

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As the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever to come out of the factory not attached to a pair of wings, the Rolls-Royce Wraith begs the question: how do you make 624 horsepower refined?

If the Bentley is the obscene luxury car you drive and the Rolls-Royce is the obscene luxury car you're driven in, what does it matter that it has a V12 belting out more than 600 thoroughbreds and 590 lb-ft of torque? Who cares if it manages to move all of that weight to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds?

It cares to people who want to have their Rolls and drive it, too.

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The new Wraith is lower, shorter, and wider than Ghost on which it is based, which means while the backseat is probably fairly roomy, it's the car for the plutocrat who likes to spread his own paté, according to AutoCar.

Power will go through a ZF eight-speed box that, rumor has it, will use GPS data to guess which gear you'll want — a hint at something to come from BMW. The cost is a reasonably unreasonable $323,000 and change.

Worth it just for the suicide doors.

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Interesting. I'll admit that I was expecting something a tad different; I was expecting a little more effort to be made in turning the car into a cohesive 2-door design of its own, rather than a sedan that looks like it had its two rear doors chopped off and replaced with a glued-on fastback.

Nevertheless, I still think it reasonably handsome, and more desirable than a Continental GT. I firmly believe that Jay Gatsby would approve of this.