Harry Leahey

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Rolls-Royce’s final V12-powered coupé, the Wraith, is bowing out as a special edition model, limited to just 12 examples. 


It’s named the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow, and comes ahead of the firm’s plans to become fully electric by 2030. 


Inspired by the iconic Thunderbolt of 1938, which set the land speed record at 357.497mph, the Black Arrow is finished predominantly in black and silver, and features yellow accents throughout, such as on its bumper inserts and on the Spirit of Ecstasy. 


Inside, the doors are lined with open-pore wood, which Rolls-Royce say represents the Bonneville Salt Flats, where the Thunderbolt set its land speed record. 


The steering wheel and stitching across the dash are yellow, which stand out against the rest of the interior, which is finished in stealthy black club leather, while the roof lining has up to 2,117 fibre optic ‘starts’ - a feature which has now become synonymous with every new Rolls Royce model.   


Rolls-Royce has not disclosed the price of its Wraith Black Arrow, but has revealed that all 12 examples have already been sold. 


Technical details and performance stats remain underwraps too, but since the car is the successor to an earlier special edition of the Wraith, the Wraith Black Badge, it is likely the car’s output remains the same, delivering 623bhp and 870 Nm of torque from the company's signature twin-turbocharged V12 engine.


As a result, expect a 0-60 mph time of just over four seconds.


Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös, said the Wraith Black Arrow is a “fitting final” to the Wraith’s 10 year production run, which is being succeeded by Rolls-Royce's first all-electric model, the Spectre. 

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Harry Leahey 21/03/23