Monday, March 31, 2014

Rolls Royce Wraith test drive

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On Saturday I was invited to the Columbia Tower Club in Seattle to test drive a Rolls Royce or Bentley.  It turned out that I had the chance to test drive the Wraith, Ghost, and ride along in the new Jaguar F-Type.

The Wraith is quite the car.  It great to look at, inside and out.  It is very comfortable and quite powerful as well.  They describe the car well.  "Wraith is the most powerful Rolls-Royce in history. Behind the deep set Pantheon grille sits a potent 6.6 litre, twin turbo-charged V12 engine. Delivering 624 bhp with 800 Nm of torque, it powers from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Even with this formidable power, Wraith is every inch a refined Rolls-Royce with electronically controlled air suspension that creates the signature 'magic carpet ride'."  The odd thing about the car is despite its length and power it feels more or less like a normal car in some ways.  It can be driven on the hills of downtown Seattle.  When accelerating to get on a freeway like I-5 it propels you along but the ride is amazingly smooth.



It also has bespoke features like the starry sky headliner, hand trimmed wooden interior, etc...  Since it shares technology with BMW there are a lot of technological features like parking assist, rear camera, navigation, etc...



Sadly, during the test drive to Mercer Island there was a fair amount of traffic so I didn't really get a good feel for the massive amount of power and torque that the car has.  Maybe the kind folks at Rolls Royce Bellevue will give me another go sometime.

I also test drove the Ghost again.  It was quite nice as well.  For such a large car it is remarkably easy to drive.



One of the highlights of the day though surprisingly was my ride along in the Jaguar F-Type.  It was only the standard V6 model but still good fun.  The exhaust note, even on this model, is something else.  The car seemed to have enough power too to have fun on spirited drives.  Unfortunately, since it was a last minute addition to the event they didn't have a waiver for folks to sign to actually drive it.

All in all it was a great event.  I'd like to thank Angel, Shahin, Adam, and Paul from Autocenter NW for having me.

More photos from the event are here - https://www.flickr.com/photos/apexrally/sets/72157643135965804 .  Cheers.


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