Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

£200,000 Rolls stars at motor show

The new Rolls-Royce Wraith has 1,340 fibre optic lamps hand-woven into the roof lining

A new £200,000 Rolls-Royce which appears to offer drivers a view of the stars has been unveiled.

Capable of going from 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds, the new Rolls-Royce Wraith has 1,340 fibre optic lamps hand-woven into the roof lining.

This gives the impression of a glittering, starry night sky in the new car, which will be delivered to the first customers in the final three months of this year.

Displayed at the Geneva Motor Show, the Wraith is the most powerful Rolls yet, with a V12 engine, and the company boasts that its new model will have "a suite of aids that could be likened to a contemporary on-board valet".

These include voice-activation commands, with drivers able to merely say where they want to go without any manual input into a navigation system.

The car will also have satellite-aided transmission using GPS data which anticipates the driver's next move based on location and current driving style and selects the most appropriate gear for the terrain ahead.

"Today we launch the ultimate gentleman's gran turismo (GT), a car that embodies the spirit of Charles Stewart Rolls," said Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief executive Torsten Muller-Otvos.

"The most powerful Rolls-Royce in history, Wraith promises the sense of adventure and speed that drove our founding forefather.

"But of course, Wraith's starting point is luxury, refinement and quality, traits that remain as important to Rolls-Royce customers today as they were more than a century ago."

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz