It’s a Rolls-Royce Wraith alright. But this one’s hugely different from other ones out there. Highly exclusive and bespoke as it already is, this one takes it up several notches higher when it comes to looks. Why? Because the owner wishes it to look even more pleasing for his own taste and most importantly, he can.
Not even close to the first “Wraith’ that Rolls-Royce built in 1938, the current generation is a culmination of years of coach-building tradition and the latest advancements in automobile technology. The result? In addition to the stunning, 2-tone paint job, it’s the most powerful car ever produced in the history of Rolls-Royce and the closest ever to a sports car that it has ever attempted to produce. Under the lengthy bonnet there’s a massive V-12, laying down an impressive 624 bhp and 590 lb-ft of torque that should quell any naysayers. But emphasis on the words ‘closest to’ should be kept in mind as a 5500-pound and 17-foot long coupe with suicide doors could become a handful when thrown too eagerly in a corner. But then again, we all know that such hoologanism is not what it was built and designed for. After all, Rolls-Royce describes it as “a debonair gentleman’s GT – highly refined, luxurious and exclusive like its stable mates, but more dramatic and exciting than any of them.” Since 1906 when Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce started manufacturing automobiles, there has never been such a thing as ‘just another Rolls-Royce’. No sir, most especially this particular Wraith that’s been modded and unlike any out there.
Rolls-Royce calls the Wraith a fastback which originated from the thirties when streamlining became the norm for automobile design. But this elegantly designed body shape isn’t just some pressed sheet metal that’s hastily put together. This involves plenty of labor-intensive processes such as prepping the body panels by hand before the joints are perfectly sanded prior to painting. But not before applying 6394 spot welds and laser welds on the car. Just a few of the way too many intricate processes involved to create this exquisitely shaped coupe. Having said that, the foreboding question here would be, could it still be improved upon? In today’s day and age of course, it is. However, back in the day doing so would be close to impossible and utterly unthinkable which shows how far we’ve changed.
Hailing from Japan where body kit design and manufacturing seems to be the epicenter is tuning company WALD. Specializing in body kits for the luxury car enthusiast since 1994, its clientele includes the lavish vehicles of A-listers and celebrities the world over. For the Rolls-Royce Wraith they have their Black Bison Edition. Notwithstanding the Wraith’s elegantly designed exterior, the WALD body kit adds a kick of attitude in a refined manner. This begins up front with a redesigned front bumper featuring sculpted air intakes with LED daytime running lights and lower splitter. The side skirts mimic the 2-tone paint scheme as it draws the body closer to the ground making it look even lower. The treatment at the rear is also very subtle with the incorporated exhaust housings and just a hint of performance from the vertical diffusers. Responsible for the install and color matching the body kit was Alex car Restoration who did an impeccable paint job.
A highly sleek and polished steel door handle opens one of the longest, rear-hinged (suicide) doors ever produced. Incidentally, it can also be shut by simply pressing a button. Inside, a well-appointed cabin is surrounded by the softest leather in the industry. Modern 21st century technology has also been seamlessly integrated, like the high-definition multimedia display that hides behind a sliding wood panel, and the iDrive-style rotary controller made from crystal cut glass and decorated as a fitting tribute to the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy. Suffice to say, luxurious features abound all throughout the Wraith that are way too many to mention
It wouldn’t be complete without a proper set of wheels now right? For that, the owner chose a set of Brixton 24-inch forged rims, adequately filling the Wraith’s massive wheel arches. Featuring a multi-spoke and mesh type design, it has a polished lip with a silver finished wheel center. To complete the look, each wheel also incorporates the Rolls-Royce OEM center cap where the RR logo stays upright even as the wheel turns. Once the body kit and the wheels were installed, it was time to lower the ride height. The Wraith rolls on an air ride suspension system with sensors found on with each corner. By changing its output, the computer will believe that the car is higher than it actually is and the computer will then respond by lowering the vehicle. This is made possible by using adjustable aftermarket suspension links which allow the suspension to sit lower. What’s even great is that it doesn’t mess up the functionality of the system and can all be reverted back to stock. The end result is a well-executed custom Wraith that’s impossible not to notice and look at.
By owning a Rolls Royce, anyone would think that they’ve reached the highest level of automotive luxury and style. But to own one and then have it customized to this level like our featured Rolls-Royce Wraith is something that speaks loudly and truly exceptional.
2017 Rolls Royce Wraith
Engine: V-12, 48-valves, Direct Injection
Power: 624 bhp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 590 lb-ft @ 1500-5500 rpm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic transmission
Top Speed: 250 km/h / 155 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph: 4.4 seconds
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 4.6 seconds
Exterior Mods: Wald Black Bison Body Kit (Front bumper, side skirt, ducktail and rear bumper)
Body & Paint: Alex Car Restoration
Rollers: Brixton CM10 Forged Wheels (24×11) Brushed aluminum w/polished lip finish OEM RR center cap integration. Pirelli PZero Nero Tires (285/30ZR24)
Other Stuff: Adjustable Suspension Lowering Links