GENEVA MOTOR SHOW – It's neither the fastest nor the most expensive car at the 2013 Salon, which opens to the press today (5 March) but the Roll-Royce Wraith is indubitably the classiest.
From its classically elegant, deeply recessed grille to the sweeping fastback roofline that echoes the gorgeous Bentley Continental of the 1950s, it exudes that special quality that come from the unashamed pursuit of excellence.
Nevertheless, its wide rear track underlines the fact that it's also the most powerful and dynamic Roll-Royce yet.
In the golden era of hand-built bespoke motoring, Roll-Royce sales staff would describe their cars' power as 'adequate'. Today they're a lot more upfront about it, quoting 465kW and 800Nm (available from just 1500rpm) for the Wraith's V12 engine, adequate indeed to take this huge car from standstill to 100km/h in 4.4 seconds.
The Wraith's suspension has also been tuned to minimise body roll and discreetly amplify feedback when cornering. Steering weight is heavier at high speeds and lighter at low speeds.