Rolls-Royce has released a teaser image of its upcoming Ghost-based coupé; a model that will see the revival of the company’s Wraith nameplate.
The Wraith, which will make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March, has been touted as the company’s most powerful and dynamically engaging model to date. This means that power will most likely be provided by a BMW-sourced 6,6-litre twin-turbo V12 developing around 440 kW.
To the dynamic end, the Wraith is likely to undergo some weight-saving measures to undercut the near-2,3 ton saloon, while a stiffer suspension set-up will help give the car an (admittedly un-Rolls-like) turn of agility.
Rolls-Royce is digging deep into its history books to revive the Wraith nameplate for its new Ghost-based coupe, which has been earmarked for a debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March.
Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos didn’t exactly hold back in his initial statement regarding the Wraith:
“Rolls-Royce Wraith will draw superlatives when it is unveiled in Geneva…Expect the boldest design, the most dramatic performance and the most powerful Rolls-Royce that has ever played host to the famous Spirit of Ecstasy figurine. We will present a model whose starting point is luxury, refinement and exclusivity, traits that have made Rolls-Royce the world’s pinnacle luxury good for the last 108 years. This is a car not only defined by a timeless elegance, but one that encapsulates a sense of power, style and drama."
The original Roll-Royce Wraith emerged in 1938 and was supplied in limited numbers to select coachbuilding firms. The term Wraith is believed to be a colloquial Celtic term for a malevolent spirit…think robed. The menacing whispers in the promo video below certainly remind of the robed, sword-wielding menaces from The Lord of the Rings .
More details are bound to emerge before the Wraith’s official unveiling on March 5th.