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Review: Rolls-Royce 'Wraith Inspired by Music'

We take a ride in a music studio on wheels that’s fit for a king

Review: Rolls-Royce 'Wraith Inspired by Music'

There is a regal vibe to a Rolls-Royce that we haven’t experienced anywhere else. It has been, and remains, the king of classic luxury cars.

If you don’t agree, try climbing into the custom-made Wraith Inspired by Music.

Rolls-Royce chose the theme based on its long-lasting relationship with legendary music stars from rock and roll’s Rod Stewart to pop’s John Lennon and soul’s Marvin Gaye.

Of course, the car is designed with a bespoke sound system. And it is impressive. Using built-in microphones that reduce unwanted sound such as road or wind noise, the 1300w, 18-channel system results in crisp-sounding music. But it doesn’t stop there. The car’s glass is acoustically dampened, making the Wraith, dare we say, almost sound proof – except for our favourite song playing flawlessly around us.

We say ‘around us’ because there are speakers in almost every space of the car. Two subwoofers are mounted into the floor and two speakers built into the headliner, plus a few others, designed in the form of imperial bronze touches (in other words, in copper metal).

The main metal used in sound systems is key in this Wraith’s interior and exterior design, present on the car’s dashboards, door panels, and signature clock. It pairs well with the seats’ black high-grade leather. As for the car’s exterior, it’s designed in dark ‘monotone lyrical copper’ and finished with black gloss, keeping the classic Rolls-Royce feel with a vintage touch.

This car is all about the design, but – make no mistake – its 624-hp twin turbocharged V-12 engine makes it one powerful ride. Whether you’re driving or you’re the passenger, you feel the Wraith’s power. And even when it goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, the Wraith is steady and grounded. It is also extremely smooth on bumps and its steering is very easy to handle. An enjoyable drive? That is guaranteed.

The Wraith Inspired by Music is masculine, yet soft. A great choice for businessmen or women.

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