The all-new 2014 Wraith two-door is no less than the most powerful, quickest Rolls-Royce ever made. It's also no less than $288,600, including the destination charge and a gas-guzzler tax. What does this get you? A traffic-stopping, jaw-dropping design that combines remarkable comfort with capability you might not expect from such a dignified brand.
The car includes the first application of an automatic transmission with behavior influenced by GPS, which is only the most exclusive of a bevy of technologies operating behind the scenes. In my day driving the Wraith in the foothills around Scottsdale, Ariz., I found the car to be true to the brand's time-honored image.