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DRIVEN | Rolls-Royce Wraith BLACK BADGE EDITION

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WRAITH BLACK BADGE

Words & Photography by Eli Ankutse

Video filmed by Jimmy Knott


 

The main question for many is not “Do you want a Rolls-Royce?” but “Can you afford one?” and the arrival of the Rolls-Royce Wraith in 2013 did little to change that stance, with its desirable Grand Tourer silhouette making an attractive proposition for a younger demographic with the two-door format giving the car a distinctly more sporty appeal.

However as Sir Henry Royce once said, “Take the best that exists and make it better“ and that’s exactly what they have done with the original Wraith model, updating in both form and to a degree function in the special edition Wraith Black Badge. At the time the original Wraith was the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever made, but the Wraith Black Badge has been updated with 70Nm more torque, tweaked air suspension and an upgraded gearbox, giving the driving experience an even more sporty edge.

Even the colour black on the Wraith Black Badge is itself far from ordinary. The multiple layers of paint and lacquer that go into creating the Black Badge Black are repeatedly hand polished, resulting in the deepest, darkest and most intense black ever seen on a production car surface. You would not be surprised to hear that this is the most exacting painting and polishing process ever used for a solid paint colour. After all, what do you expect, it’s a Rolls-Royce.

“With Black Badge we have created the most commanding presence on the super-luxury landscape.”

~ Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

At its launch, the enigmatic Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös described the target market for this new darker, more assertive vehicle as “a group of young, driven, self-made people that will make a bold and edgy lifestyle statement about their lives” and in that the car is undoubtedly a success. You feel neither old nor young in the Wraith Black Badge – you feel special.

The increased feedback and response you get from the engine is empowering; think “quietly confident” as it silently glides along, coming to life at moments of your choosing with a deep-growl, as the 6.6 Litre v12 engine reminds you just what it’s capable of. The interior itself is an elegant mix of sportiness with unique modern and luxurious textures; the embroidered ‘Unlimited’ infinity logo on the Black Badge’s upholstery is softly lit by moody light cast from the black starlight headliner and reflected around the cabin from the polished fascia. In fact the diligence is so far above the ‘norm’ that you could almost imagine Dorothy stepping in the and saying “We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto”.

 


Price: From £276,168
Engine: 6.6Litre V12
Top Speed: 155.3mph
0-60:
4.5seconds


 

Described as the ‘alter ego’ to the original Wraith by the brand, I would actually say it’s more of an older brother; grown up, ambitious, fearless without compromise. It’s a car for someone that has truly found themselves, and is happy with what they have found.

For more feedback, watch the video review below or click here.

 

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