2016 Rolls Royce Wraith

4 Seats · 186 MPH · 624 HP

The most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce rental ever produced, according to the taglines. And the hardware sounds promising: a 6.6-litre, twin-turbo V12 that belts out 624bhp and 590lb ft of torque. That gives this enormous fastback serious pace: 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds and a limited 155mph. Thats pretty darn rapid for a 2,365kg leather and walnut living room on wheels. The other big news is obviously the two door shape. Yep, Rolls makes the Phantom Coupe, but thats more of a tidier Phantom saloon the Wraith is a full-on fastback, meaning super-raked C-pillar and a booted rear end that looks like it might contain an enormous hatchback. Its awesome to see on the road, though slightly polarizing for onlookers. Odd, then, that the Wraith rental Miami fastback rooflinethe cars defining featurewas cribbed from a couple of Italian cars. You see, Rolls has no precedent for a roofline that looks anything like this, so its designers couldnt play the heritage card. According to design director Giles Taylor, the inspiration comes instead from the ​Lancia Aurelia coupe​ and the Maserati Ghibli (​the original coupe introduced in 1967​, not the recently introduced sedan of the same name). In profile, in person, this car looks spectacular and improbable. Its such a massive and unexpected thing in any setting you can imagine. And its so gloriously space-inefficient, so unchained from the tedious priorities of regular cars. The sharp crease between the roofline and the brutal, bricklike shape of the lower body serves to make the Wraith one of few modern cars that looks totally appropriate in a two-tone paint job.

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