The stunning, incomparable Rolls-Royce Wraith coupe
is still rather young, having debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show
. Soon, it will be joined by a convertible variant, to be named the Wraith Drophead Coupe
Just as the Phantom’s convertible version wears the Drophead Coupe moniker, the Wraith’s is sure to as well, and in both cases, it means the same thing: the top comes back. The Phantom’s convertible top is a soft, cloth unit, but due to the camouflage used, it’s difficult to discern in the spy photos whether the Wraith Drophead Coupe will go that route or substitute a folding hard top—though all indications point toward a soft folding roof.
Whichever form of top the Wraith Drophead Coupe uses, it should otherwise be largely identical to the Wraith coupe—though it will likely have to do without the brilliant starry-sky “Starlight” headliner available in the coupe.
Under the hood, the same 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine, rated at 624 horsepower, should find service. Despite the coupe’s 5,200-pound curb weight, the big engine can glide the Wraith to 60 mph in about 4.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 155 mph. The Wraith Drophead Coupe should weigh somewhat more, and consequently be a few tenths of a second slower to 60 mph.
Aside from the folding roof, a handful of other visual differences will distinguish the car from its fixed-roof doppelgänger, including a slightly altered rear end, most notably at the trunk, which loses the fixed-roof Wraith’s raised cross-section, replacing it with a deck lid that sits flush with the rear fenders. To stow the top, the trunk also appears to have been shortened somewhat, likely impinging on its cargo capacity.
Otherwise, the Wraith Drophead Coupe appears to share the same key styling elements at the nose and sides, even preserving much of the hardtop’s graceful roofline with the top raised.
Expect the 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Drophead Coupe to make its autoshow debut sometime in the spring of 2015 before commencing sales later that year.