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2020 Rolls-Royce Wraith Overview

The Wraith is Rolls-Royce’s two-door coupe, built on the same platform as the four-door Ghost, the Dawn convertible, and the 7 Series from parent company BMW. First introduced in 2014, the Wraith is a highly exclusive and highly expensive hand-built luxury car with distinctive suicide doors, the trademark massive Rolls-Royce grille, and a nearly endless options list. It goes into the 2020 model year with no significant changes.

Under the Wraith’s long, stately hood is the familiar 6.6-liter V12 strapped with two turbochargers. It makes 624 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque, driving the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. That’s enough to get the massive 5,380-pound two-door to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds, but in typical Rolls-Royce fashion it will get there smoothly and won’t at all feel rushed. The Wraith rides on an electronically controlled air suspension and will return a rather dismal 12 mpg city, 18 highway, and 14 combined. Considering the Wraith’s heft and its massive engine, its fuel economy isn’t surprising.

As is the case with most Rolls-Royces, the Wraith’s extreme price tag makes a lot more sense once you step inside. With ample room for four passengers, it offers a nearly endless combination of veneers, metallic trims, stitch patterns, and upholstery colors to choose from. A fixed glass roof is available, as is Rolls-Royce’s signature Starlight Headliner, which uses over 1,000 individual fiber optics to emulate the stars in the night sky. Heated and ventilated front seats are also available.

The infotainment system in the Wraith uses dial and touchpad controls and includes navigation, HD Radio, and satellite radio compatibility. The available Bespoke Audio system comes with 18 speakers. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are conspicuously absent.

The Rolls-Royce Wraith is too expensive for crash testing, but features to avoid crashing in the first place include adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights, night vision with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, and a head-up display (HUD).

This high up in the automotive price spectrum, there aren’t a lot of cars for the most well-heeled buyers to consider. Perhaps the most direct competitor for the Wraith is the Bentley Continental, while sportier offerings include the Aston Martin DBs and the Ferrari 812. Two-door versions of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class are also worth considering. And for sunnier days, the Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible is essentially an open version of the Wraith.

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Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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