Rolls-Royce Wraith Review: Driving a $400K Dream Machine

Mellifluous, yet powerful. Gracious, yet gutsy. An engineering and technical pleasure to drive, the 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith is a truly unique vehicle. And so it ought to be. My test Wraith listed for $398,350. Let’s just call it an even $400K.

Such stratospheric prices might sound supercilious, but these cars are not merely about catering to the 1 percent. They are about creating the finest, state-of-the-art grand touring vehicles possible, using unfettered engineering and craftsmanship. And technology. Yes, the Wraith is frighteningly quick. Its massive 6.6-liter V-12 engine has oodles of power and torque. And, yes, it’s more cosseting than a baby’s blanket. But the Rolls-Royce Wraith also uses technology, like lane-departure warnings, front, rear and top cameras, and the latest mapping data, to deliver what in a certain vernacular would be called a tasty ride.

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