2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith: Up Close

8598007338_cd607583ac_b
Rolls-Royces are not like other cars. This becomes evident upon approaching one, even in the controlled confines of an auto show. It's massive, upright and it feels like it's of an entirely different species than the vehicles in surrounding displays. The new 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith, which made its North American debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, is no different.

More 2013 Chicago Auto Show Coverage

It frankly looks like nothing else on the show floor. From the upright grille to the totally unique roofline, it has a commanding presence and exudes a sense of gravitas missing from nearly every other car made by any manufacturer. The detailing is extraordinary — the A-pillars, roof and B-pillars are all one surface, an unbroken plane from the base of the windshield up, over and down to the trunk. And it is a trunk, not a hatchback, despite the Wraith's unusual shape. The trunk is completely lined with carpet nicer than what is in most rental apartments.

8596910009_8875778d70_b
Inside, it becomes obvious that this is no ordinary coupe. From the controls to the wood veneers, everything one sees and touches is ultra-premium. Floormats are the thickest and deepest pile I've ever experienced, and every articulated door and cover moves with a slow and heavy action, enhancing the aura of relaxed pampering.

8598015482_e24486300e_b
The headliner features a fiber-optic fabric that makes it appear as if a lovely evening sky were passing above the passengers' heads. The seats are not seats — they are best described as thrones, more comfortable and adjustable than most living room furniture, and as solid as the finest handcrafted Amish chairs.

8598014254_c0ee552331_b
That level of bespoke, hand-built feel permeates the entire car, as indeed it should — Rolls-Royces like the Wraith are still hand-built in very low volumes. Rolls-Royce said that it sold a record 3,600 cars in all of 2012, globally; Toyota sells that many Camry sedans every few days. Its rarity is part of what one pays for in a Rolls, and the new Wraith seems set to carry on the tradition.

Comments 

Post a Comment 

Please remember a few rules before posting comments:

  • If you don't want people to see your email address, simply type in the URL of your favorite website or leave the field empty.
  • Do not mention specific car dealers by name. Feel free to mention your city, state and brand.
  • Try to be civil to your fellow blog readers. This blog is not a fan or enthusiast forum, it is meant to help people during the car-buying process and during the time between purchases, so shoppers can keep a pulse on the market.
  • Stay on topic. We want to hear your opinions and thoughts, but please only comment about the specified topic in the blog post.
view posting rules

If you have a TypeKey or TypePad account, please Sign In

Search Results

KickingTires Search Results for

Search Kicking Tires

KickingTires iPhone App
Ask.cars.com