When it comes to going quickly, you might say that Rolls-Royce joined the performance party rather late. Then again, it’s not like they were in any rush. And now that the Black Badge cars are a thing, Rolls-Royce is still not trying to chase 700 horsepower Bentleys either. Their game is more about creating the best all-rounder GT cars money can buy. A whole lot of money, that is.
A 6.6 liter twin-turbo V12 producing 624 horsepower, and more importantly, 642 lb.-ft. of torque all the way up from 1500rpm. The option of having the traction control off, perhaps not completely, but enough for some outrageous burnouts. No pointless sport button, nor an adjustable suspension. Just power, especially when you put the gearbox in “low,” with a smooth ride on any surface. There’s also a radar-based cruise control that stops the car as effortlessly as an experienced chauffeur would, just in case you’re stuck in traffic.
Despite the carbon wheels, the Wraith Black Badge still weighs about 2.5 tons. Where’s all that coming from? Well, acres of the finest hides, all the power-assisted features, the lambswool carpets, a starlight headliner and many layers of the finest paint job you can get on a production car today. Plus the V12, the gearbox, other bits that make it move…But in true grand tourer fashion, the Wraith also has a massive trunk, shockingly comfortable rear seats and a range of around 400 miles, regardless of the black Spirit of Ecstasy. That’s $415,000, in Goodwood’s money.