The Wraith incorporates an industry-first eight-speed satellite aided automatic transmission which uses GPS data to help select the right gear for you.

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Pace with Grace


A Rolls-Royce on a race track? Yes, that’s the direction the century-old manufacturer is now taking and we were the first to see the chequered flag with them.


The Rolls-Royce Wraith was the start of something new for the good folk at Goodwood, shaking the establishment to bring its average age down by a decade or two. We gave the Wraith a proper shake out – on the Goodwood race track of course.


There’s been a change in the wind at Rolls-Royce and all for the better as it shifts a gear and tries to bring in a younger type of buyer. The two-door Wraith is just the car and we were given the enjoyable honour of joining their engineers and senior management to shake it down on the famous Goodwood race track.


Goodwood sits over the back fence of the Rolls-Royce factory and has seen the likes of Fangio, Moss, Graham Hill, Sir Jack Brabham and Jackie Stewart dominate over many decades. So with history like this, it seemed the only venue to crack on in 624bhp of V12, twin-turbocharged British muscle. [To be continued...]

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