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Rolls-Royce set to launch Wraith August 23

autos Updated: Aug 17, 2013 16:45 IST
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Rolls-Royce is set to launch its most powerful car ever, the Wraith, in India on August 23.

The Ghost-based coupe is its most dynamic car ever, according to Rolls-Royce, and will come powered by a 624bhp V12 engine capable of accelerating from 0-100kph in 4.4 seconds.

The Wraith is 183mm shorter in terms of wheelbase than the Ghost , 130mm shorter in overall length, 40mm wider in rear track and 43mm lower in height. The suspension has also been stiffened to minimise body roll and ensure the driver gets a better sense of feedback when cornering. The steering weight is also heavier at high speeds and lighter at low speeds to encourage spirited driving.

However, company boss Müller-Ötvös emphasised that the Wraith should not be considered an outright sporting GT. "While the Wraith does push the brand in a new direction, evolving it in a way that we hope will attract new, perhaps younger customers, it is still a Rolls-Royce, and the 'bed of air' ride our customers expect is still uppermost in the car's DNA."

Technical innovations to complement the car¹s dynamics include a satellite-aided transmission, which uses GPS mapping data and driving style measurements to ensure the correct gear is pre-selected for the road ahead by the eight-speed ZF gearbox.

Inside, the Wraith features Phantom-grade leathers and new wood panelling, which stretches across the coach doors through to the rear of the car. A starlight headliner is also available in a model other than the Phantom for the first time, working via 1,340 tiny lamps hand-woven into the roof lining.

There is no word yet on pricing.