evo Diaries: Rolls-Royce Wraith

Henry Catchpole slinks out of the office with the keys to Rolls-Royce’s Wraith…

The Rolls-Royce Wraith isn’t the sort of car that Henry Catchpole normally chooses to bomb around in. It’s over twice the weight of his current long-term Ford Fiesta ST, for example, and four times as heavy as the Caterham he ran several years back.

It is, however, a serene and majestic means by which to travel and courtesy of a twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre V12, supremely fast. The key figures here are a power output of 624bhp and 590lb ft of torque developed from 1500rpm.

It’s as close to ‘sporty’ as Rolls-Royce is likely to get (Rolls-Royce itself prefers ‘potent’) and therefore the car most likely to satisfy evo’s pursuit for the thrill of driving. And if the keys are sitting there staring at you...

The twisty, narrow roads of Northamptonshire probably aren’t the ideal Rolls-Royce driving environment but equally, the county’s bumps should be little match for the Wraith’s hushed cabin and pillowy ride quality. Check out the video to see how Henry gets on…

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