Rolls Royce has announced a new convertible model based on the Rolls Royce Wraith, marking another foray by the esteemed marque into soft-top marketing. Widely expected to launch at next year’s Geneva Motor Show, the confirmation was made by the company’s boss Torsten Müller-Ötvös, who said that the model would launch in 2015 and available at Rolls Royce dealers by 2016.
Although Rolls Royce are yet to confirm any concrete information, the model it is thought to be a convertible version of the Wraith coupe. With this in mind, it is likely that it will share the same mechanical make up as the Wraith: a 624bhp, twin turbo 6.6 litre V12 which is capable of producing 590 lb-ft of torque.
The hard-top Wraith can reach 62mph in just 4.4 seconds from standstill, but it’s likely that the new convertible Rolls will offer a slightly diluted rate of acceleration because of the added strengthening and stiffening to the chassis. Whatever the performance the model will offer, future owners can expect the top speed to be limited to around 155mph.
Rolls Royce keeping information under wraps
Pictures have already emerged of what could be a model being tested at BMW’s headquarters in Munich, with the first impressions showing similarities to the world-famous Ghost, particularly with the dominating front-end and gently sloping rear. In terms of the name, it is provisionally being known as the Wraith Drophead Coupé. There’s also the suggestion that it could be called the Corniche, imitating the manner of older convertible models from the marque.
The widely anticipated model is also likely to benefit from the same eight-speed automatic transmission as the existing Wraith, one which is GPS-coordinated to identify the right gear by taking into account bends and hills on the journey ahead. It means that fewer shifts are needed and that the driver and passengers can benefit from the smoothest ride possible.
Sales ought to coincide with the 2015 Geneva Motor Show ready for a delivery the following year, with prices believed to be in excess of £250,000. If your interested please contact us at Romans International where we will have access to some of the first cars for sale on the market.