The Black Badge does not have to be painted black.

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The Wraith is Rolls-Royce’s whole-measurement, grand touring coupe. It measures 207.four inches from nose to tail, and sports activities a 122.five-inch wheelbase. The layout sales opportunities with the vertical slats of Rolls””phantom grille” and follows up with a sweeping roofline that flows easily and around seamlessly from the foundation of A-pillar to the rear decklid. The proportions and sparse sculpting and detailing lend the Wraith a major, solid look — as if machined from a solid block of steel — that is backed up by both of those the quality of its building.

It truly is an imposing device, both of those figuratively and physically.


  • Tremendous sleek V12 effectiveness
  • Bespoke extremely-high-class cabin
  • Exceptional features you’ll only find on a Rolls-Royce

Will not Like

  • Cabin tech is a decade old.
  • Exterior layout is a tad boring.

The Black Badge bundle provides $50,000 to the Wraith’s $330,000 beginning rate, bringing both of those effectiveness upgrades and styling tweaks to the social gathering. In addition to a torquier engine tune, there’s also a throatier exhaust (which you can however hardly hear in the Roller’s coffin-tranquil cabin), a established of 21-inch carbon-alloy composite wheels and a far more dynamic Sport setting for the typical self-leveling air suspension, for far more energetic dealing with. 

Of course, the suite also provides black badges, black detailing and a darkish chrome Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament to the exterior, along with what Rolls phone calls “technological fiber” trim to the cabin.

V12-run magic carpet ride

Tipping the scales at a hefty five,379 lbs . (about as considerably as the whole-measurement, a few-row Cadillac Escalade SUV), this is a complete large amount of car. Fortunately, it actions fairly frivolously, riding on a typical adaptive air suspension that goes from comfortably soaking up the most significant bumps to nimbly picking its way up a twisty road at the touch of a button. At all times, the Wraith feels as if floating in excess of the road somewhat than rolling on it, but under no circumstances disconnected or sloppy, many thanks to the specific double-wishbone entrance and multilink rear suspension and light, still immediate steering. Even in the sportiest setting (built a little bit sharper by the Black Badge upgrades) the Wraith normally feels magic-carpet sleek in excess of bumps and imperfections.

Motivating all of that mass is a 6.6-liter turbocharged V12 engine creating 623 horsepower. On the other hand, this Black Badge model boasts a far more potent tune, bumping the typical 605 pound-ft of torque up to 642. That torque is despatched through a sleek-shifting eight-speed automated transmission, with electricity despatched exclusively to the rear wheels.


With just about two.five tons of unsprung mass masterfully suspended on air dampers, bumps and potholes do not stand a likelihood.

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Surging absent from a end is effortless and sleek, like a train leaving the station or an airplane gathering speed for takeoff. There’s not even a tachometer on the dashboard in the classic sense, just a Electrical power Reserve dial that demonstrates the percentage of electricity you happen to be not applying. Even when launching from to sixty mph in four.four seconds, the Wraith feels relaxed, under no circumstances brutal or even significantly loud. This is basically what it does — effortless speed.

For comparison, the Wraith’s major competitor, the Bentley Continental GT W12, pulls off the sixty-mph dash about a second a lot quicker, at a stated 3.five seconds. Mercedes-AMG’s S63 Coupe with its twin-turbocharged V8 is also a lot quicker to sixty at 3.four seconds, nevertheless it really is hauling about one,000 much less lbs ..

I do not doubt that Rolls’ engineers prioritized effectiveness when tuning the Wraith, but presented the physical realities of this two.five-ton auto, I am guessing it was not a pretty superior priority. Gas economic system lands at 12 miles for each gallon metropolis, 18 mpg highway and fourteen mpg combined — only a one mpg at the rear of the W12-run Continental. As opposed to the Conti, even so, there’s no lighter, far more successful V8 selection available.

Classic cabin tech

Here’s the point about the Wraith’s cabin tech: It truly is not that it really is bad it really is just just about a decade old.

Rising from at the rear of a motorized include for the duration of the startup sequence is an more mature model of BMW’s iDrive infotainment suite that I am certain has not been considerably current considering the fact that the Wraith’s debut in 2013. It was awkward and bewildering then, and it requires just as considerably receiving used to now. The 10.two-inch display screen appears to be like dim and small-resolution when compared to the buffet of shows you’ll find in the comparably operate-of-the-mill Mercedes S-Class or even the BMW Group’s personal eight Collection. Onboard voice command and navigation get the position done well enough, but really feel rigid and dated when compared to today’s cloud-connected devices. 

Smartphone integration is very constrained. Android Auto? Apple CarPlay? All those factors failed to exist in 2013, so the 2020 Wraith does not have ’em. You can’t easily pay attention to Spotify or Tidal on the road, but there’s a typical 20GB really hard push tucked into the dashboard that can keep tunes ripped from CDs, USB drives or Blu-ray discs. Who’s however obtaining CDs in 2020?!

You could make the argument that no person is obtaining a Rolls for the dashboard tech — and I might be inclined to concur — but the Continental knocks it out of the park in this classification with its considerably far more sophisticated Porsche Conversation Administration-centered cabin tech suite.


The Wraith’s inside is immaculately appointed, but the dated dashboard tech is a darkish mark.

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Modern safety tech

Fortunately, the Wraith’s safety engineering feels a bit far more modern many thanks to the addition of an $eight,325 Driver Aid 3 bundle. Checking this box provides adaptive cruise manage that performs in end-and-go visitors, lane-departure warning (but not lane-retaining support), automated superior beams, night time vision (with pedestrian detection) and a head-up display screen.

The Rolls rolls out with typical parking length sensors on its entrance and rear bumpers and can even be experienced with a surround-see digicam system. On the other hand, the driver-aid suite appears to be lacking some key functions, like blind-location monitoring, forward precollision warning or automated emergency braking.

The Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament also hides a bit of safety tech. It truly is motorized, mounting easily out of the hood when the Wraith is started off and sliding absent when parked to reduce theft or destruction. On the other hand, it can also retract in an quick in the event of a collision to reduce it from striking a pedestrian.

Bespoke particulars

Alternatively than screens and tech, Rolls-Royce chooses to wow its house owners with other exclusive bits of amenity. None of my passengers or the dozens of bystanders for the duration of my week of testing observed my tech nitpicks, but anyone complimented the Wraith’s exclusive onslaught of luxury.

Trademark to the brand are the rear-hinged Coach doors, built even far more outstanding with press-button electricity closing. Previously mentioned the Wraith’s four seats, this example functions a Taking pictures Star improve to the Starlight headliner that optionally delights passengers with the occasional fiber optic meteor. There are also typical deployable umbrellas tucked into the door jambs and floating middle caps on the wheels that normally present the double-R logo upright, even when the coupe is in motion. 


The Starlight headliner can be custom-made to any pattern you wish and even combine shooting stars.

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And these are just the functions and particulars you can stage a finger at or check out a box for. Each inch and sew of the inside and exterior is bespoke and customizable. You do not configure or spec a Rolls, you commission it like a exclusive perform of artwork.

My example functions a unique Miami Blue leather-based trim for the inside with matching pinstripes for the wheel facilities, but the sky (and your budget) is the limit when creating a Rolls-Royce. Want your preliminary monogrammed in the Starlight roof? They can do that. How about a precise wood veneer for the dashboard that matches your yacht? They received you. All pink every little thing? Maybe it really is in poor flavor, but certain. Knock you out.

Pricing and competitiveness

The 2020 Rolls-Royce Wraith begins at $330,000 (about as considerably as a few absolutely loaded Lexus LCs), but that is just to get in the door. My example functions about $a hundred thirty,000 far more in solutions, the most notorious becoming the $50,000 Black Badge upgrades, $seventeen,300 for the Taking pictures Star headliner, and $eleven,900 for the Adriatic Blue exterior paint. Added solutions, $two,750 for spot rates and a $two,600 gas guzzler tax provide me to an as-tested rate of $461,250, which I am advised is quite regular for Wraith prospective buyers.

When I review a auto, I spot myself into the buyer’s footwear and test to objectively consider centered on that driver’s wishes and desires. A sports activities auto purchaser has distinctive conditions than a person purchasing minivans. The tough point about a Rolls-Royce is that it type of defies objective critique since so considerably of what would make it “good” is subjective. 


When I say the Wraith Black Badge is great, I suggest it is literally deserving of awe.

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Purchasers who are even bothering to cross-shop are likely looking at the Bentley Continental GT which is lighter, speedier, more recent and blessed with superior tech. Personally, I like the Continental’s far more sculpted exterior layout and far more modern cabin as well. For my purely hypothetical pile of dollars, the Bentley (with the scaled-down V8) is objectively and subjectively the superior auto.

A person could also think about a host of GT supercars at this rate or even make the argument that an AMG S-Class Coupe, Porsche’s Panamera or even (if you happen to be emotion really future-forward) a Taycan Turbo are deserving alternate options that match the effectiveness for hundreds of hundreds less, but none are really an apples-to-apples comparison.

Price goes out of the window with anything this high-priced. It truly is not a pure sports activities auto, so keep track of times and -to-sixty speeds are only so handy. Even the woefully outdated tech suggests very little when compared to the brand and the standing that arrives with it — what the purchaser is truly paying for when they commission their Rolls. Sure, the Wraith Black Badge is a truly great device in its personal ideal — effective and cozy with a handcrafted touch — but far more importantly, it really is a 50 {36a394957233d72e39ae9c6059652940c987f134ee85c6741bc5f1e7246491e6}-million dollar flex.