Starting this month, guests of 45 Park Lane’s rooftop Penthouse Suite will receive the keys to a 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith for a half-day joyride. The turbocharged 12-cylinder, 624 hp Wraith—the fastest and most powerful Rolls Royce ever—is arguably the British marque’s most stylish model to date. Touting an athletic silhouette inspired by Italy’s 1950 Lancia Aurelia and 1967 Maserati Ghibli, the $285,000 fastback coupe is meant to appeal to drivers both youthful and sophisticated. As such, the Wraith pairs well with the new and elegant Thierry Despont–designed penthouse, which combines cerused mahogany and suede accents; custom-made furnishings in leather and silk velvet; and sweeping views of Hyde Park and London’s skyline. The 1,755-square-foot penthouse is priced at about $11,500 per night. [See More]
The Rolls-Royce Wraith, the first incarnation of which was initially produced in 1938, is set to make a return to the roads after more than 70 years on hiatus. As the vehicle is completely outfitted with luxurious new features, the product manager Phillip Harnett takes viewers on a tantalizing trip down the sweeping roads of London’s outer country from behind the wheel of the Wraith. Here we find the 625hp car executed with road-curve foresight, as informed by its acute GPS navigation; able to maintain its poise in the harshest conditions – thanks to testing in Sweden and Death Valley; and fitted with seamless automatic gear shifting for urban driving. In combination with a handcrafted leather, chrome, and wooden interior, the impressive Rolls-Royce Wraith is certainly its own spectacle. Enjoy.
The Rolls Royce Wraith, set for a release later this year, features environmental sensors that use global positioning technology to determine which gears are to be used on a particular stretch of road. This feature is so advanced that it can calculate which gear of the 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox is to be used even at a particular corner. Other features of the car include a full infotainment system, heads-up display, and voice-command support. Technology for cars seems to be steering drivers of the future into more responsible decisions, yet in some cases may intrude on the driver’s actual sense of discretion. The Wraith comes with a modest €245,000 (approximately $318,745 USD) price tag.