British manufacturer Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has unveiled the latest addition to its line up - the Wraith.
Based on the popular Ghost model, the ￡215,000 Wraith is a coupé said by Rolls-Royce director of manufacturing, Jörg Bause, to be the “ultimate gentleman’s grand tourer”.
The new car is 183mm shorter in wheelbase than the Ghost, 130mm shorter in overall length, 40mm wider in rear track and 43mm lower in height. The suspension has also been stiffened to minimise body roll and ensure the driver gets better feedback when cornering.
Sales of the new car are expected to come predominantly from the US, Europe and Middle East. Two-door, driver-focused cars don’t sell well in the otherwise booming Chinese market where customers often have drivers.
The car will be produced on the same production line as the Ghost at Rolls-Royce’s factory at Goodwood, West Sussex. Since the reinvention of Rolls-Royce under BMW ownership sales have been at record levels. Last year the company sold over 3,500 cars with the factory operating from 6am to 11pm to meet demand.
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