Rolls-Royce has always made lovely cars for when Sir would like to be driven.
Now, for the times when Sir would like to drive, there’s the Wraith.

This is the gentleman’s sports car – still oozing Rolls luxury, but with a seriously sporty edge in both looks and performance.

Rolls hasn’t done anything like this before, with the manufacturer well known for its super-luxury limos like the Ghost, Phantom and Phantom Coupe as regards its current line-up.
But what we have now is a serious four-seat coupe, with performance matching luxury at every turn.

It’s the most powerful Rolls-Royce to date, with 624bhp coming from a mighty 6.5-litre, V12, twin turbo powerplant.

That’s enough to hurl this 2.3-tonne beast to 60mph in an incredible 4.4 seconds, on to a limited top end of 155mph.

In normal driving it’s the Rolls experience you’d expect, with its famous glide-like ride like nothing else out there.

But put your foot down and its naughty side comes out in abundance, with rapid, effortless power put down for a truly satisfying experience behind the wheel – the most dynamic of any Roller ever.

That’s especially true when you click the eight-speed automatic gearbox into ‘low’ mode, which frees up the revs remarkably and turns the Wraith into a beast that’s constantly straining at the leash to be let loose.

You do have to keep an eye on the speedo, though, with the car’s sheer size and power meaning that 50mph feels more like 30mph and 70mph feels more like 50.

If the name Grand Tourer was meant for any car, it’s the Wraith.

The looks are gorgeous – still typically Rolls-Royce, but with that sleek fastback body that suggests that this is a Rolls for driving.

Step in via the rear-hinged doors and the inside is as sumptuous as you’d expect, but again with a sporty edge not seen in other cars in the range.

Materials are sublime, dials are wonderfully old school, switch gear is stately.

Little ‘RR’ detailing is everywhere and the clock with the word ‘Wraith’ on it confirms the brilliant Britishness of things. As do the full-size umbrellas that pop out from inside the front wings.

Prices start at £230,000, but my tester had a mind-boggling £65k of options fitted including, but certainly not limited to, active cruise, night vision, all-round cameras (which make parking this 5.2-metre long car an absolute doddle), lambswool mats, 21in alloys, bespoke audio and the wonderful ‘starry sky’ effect roof lining.

The Wraith is a landmark car from Rolls-Royce – the gentleman’s sports car, the best of British.