Is this Wraith Shooting Brake the coolest Rolls-Royce ever?

By topgear, 01 September 2020

Well this is quite a thing, isn’t it? The Rolls-Royce Wraith – long the coolest modern Rolls – has been turned into a Shooting Brake. Our cool dial has exploded and spread its contents across the floor.

Called the Silver Spectre, it’s not an official Rolls project, rather the work of Niels van Roij Design, who’s also behind the realisation of the two-door Range Rover. The craftsmanship comes from Carat by Duchatelet.

“With this dramatically styled vehicle we subtly link back to the heyday of shooting brakes in the 1930s,” says Niels, “whilst embedding the iconic, soft and creamy visual cues from classic British automotive icons.”

Reckon he’s achieved it? It’s certainly a striking thing, not least because of the colour choice implemented here, though all of the seven customer cars will be completely bespoke, each of them coming with “an exclusive tailor-made option, feature or item” ranging from a picnic hamper to a luggage set.

You can also have a longer starlight headlining than standard offering the “world’s first infinity celestial scape”. Now that’s luxury…

Worried about hauling a bit more weight around? There’s more power than standard, too, the Wraith’s regular 6.6-litre V12 – with its paltry 630hp – upped to 700hp.

And the other important number, price? How uncouth. That’s ‘on request’. Which is luxury speak for ‘a flipping lot’. If you could, would you?

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