Driven: Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge

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The World went crazy over a car which was unveiled at Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este, Italy, the Rolls Royce Sweptail, possibly the most expensive car on the planet! To put things into perspective, it would cost around INR 83 crores or 47 million UAE Dirhams! You could buy 4 Bugatti Chirons for that price or you can fill your garage with the most exotic supercars in the world of your choice! Even the non-car guys around the world are awestruck thinking about the price tag and the features the car has on offer. As a brand, Rolls Royce never think about the price, nor do they compare price with the features they offer. It’s always about world class luxury with well refined materials, right from the lamb’s wool floor mat.


What is Black Badge?


Rolls Royce unveiled their new sub brand, the Black Badge at the Geneva Motor Show. The Black Badge transforms the characteristics of Dawn (unveiled last week), Ghost and Wraith and is expected to suit a younger audience that’s looking a badass Rolls Royce! The Black Badge is not a conventional performance sub-brand like BMW M or AMG. Combining sinister graphic novel aesthetics with fine Rolls-Royce materials and subtle performance tuning, Black Badge is the world’s first bad-ass sub-brand.


Rolls Royce. . .

For me, the best place after my mother’s lap, is inside the Rolls

Rolls Royce cars are special as we all know. I’ve driven them all: the Ghost, Dawn and now the Wraith. The Ghost and Dawn do have enough power on tap, but even when you smash on the throttle, you will experience serenity! The two and half ton mammoth will project frontwards with a pitch and by the time you blink, the speedo needle will be on triple digits! Rolls Royce cars have given a completely serene experience to the world, the sound of nothingness, majestic road presence and a lot more. For me, the best place after my mother’s lap, is inside the Rolls. Such is the smoothness, such is the kind of comfort, and such is the calmness. I think people will tend to live longer if they spend the better half of their lives travelling in a Rolls Royce! Not because of the number of airbags, but because of the calmness you feel when you are inside! Go for a drive in a Rolls Royce and the result will be a clearer and calmer you; and when you step out, you will look as though you have just finished your meditation!


Spirit of Ecstasy


On all the Black Badge models, the legendary Spirit of Ecstasy ornament comes in high gloss black which replicates sportier performance, which is the theme of the Black Badge. The darker Spirit of Ecstasy matches well with the new silver-on-black Double R badge on the front.


How black is the Wraith Black Badge?


The black definitely has to be special on the Black Badge. Isn’t it? The black paint on the Black Badge is made out of multiple layers of paint and lacquer which is repeatedly hand polished to bring out the best and most intense black ever in a production car!


How does it look?


It definitely looks solid with a square-shouldered silhouette which exudes masculinity. The strong shoulder along with the most intense black makes the Wraith Black Badge stand out of the crowd. When this ship glides through the fast lane, that masculine dark front end scares the driver of the car ahead and he immediately gives way! Yes Sir, at your disposal! It happened all the time when I was driving around Dubai.


All I can tell you is the Wraith Black Badge is gorgeous as hell!


Four years for the Wheels. . . 


Yes! The juicy 21-inch rims are made up of 22 layers of carbon-fibre folded to form 44 layers on the edges which took four years to develop.



Do we have wood inside?


No! (Yes, you read it right) We don’t get wood inside a Rolls Royce for the first time! While that is what the Black Badge is all about; distinctive yet intimidating. The centrepiece of the Black Badge cabin is the aerospace-grade aluminium-threaded carbon fibre instead of your Uncle’s favourite woods.


Those reverse hinged doors will allow ingress to the rear seats when the front seats are slightly brought forward. As in the regular Wraith, we have acres of space at the rear and obviously, let’s not forget that this is still a Rolls Royce where the best is to get chauffeured.



Headliner. Power of Bespoke.


The power of bespoke is that everything is customisable. That is how the Sweptail came into life. The starlight headliner can be built to illuminate the night sky. It is a Black Badge, after all – everything replicates the night.



Wraith Black Badge – Big Numbers


Wraith; the most powerful Rolls Royce ever! Yes the Wraith is powered by a 6.6-litre Twin Turbo V12! The Wraith has a peak power of 624bhp and 870Nm (additional 70Nm from regular Wraith) of torque. 624 horses under the hood to unleash enough power to move this two and a half ton mammoth! Well, if you calculate, it is 264bhp/ton. More power comes more responsibility; the brakes are buffed up, gaining an extra inch on the front discs.


Rolls Royce has heavily worked on the 8-speed transmission. The more aggressively you apply the throttle, the more responsive the transmission becomes, holding gears to high revs rather than shifting early. If you want to get a bit wild, press the LOW button on the delicate shift lever in order to execute a spine-chilling launch control! Hold the brakes with your left foot and stomp on the throttle and yes, the cars moves forward with smoking rear tyres.


Into the corners and the feel is quite different from what you expect from a limousine. The corner balance and overall body control is impressive. Driving it on LOW mode (RR refuse to call it SPORT) around the twisty roads of Jebel Jais will leave the driver in awe to think how sporty the car is. After all don’t forget that the Wraith Black Badge isn’t a performance car and it still weights over two and a half tons.



Wraith Black Badge. Do you love it?


The Wraith Black Badge might not be a performance car, but this is not your regular Rolls Royce. This will not be appreciated by those expecting a lavish wooden interior and for the first time, the silent V12 engine rumbles. This is more like an ‘Oh shit, look at that’ kind a car which will attract rich youngsters out there who will be wondering whether they should burn rubber in a 624bhp Wraith or the 700bhp Bentley the next day!


Type 6.6 Litre V12 Twin Turbo Petrol
Power 624bhp @ 5250rpm
Torque 870Nm @ 1500-5000rpm
Type 8-Speed Automatic
Layout Rear Wheel Drive
0-100kmph 4.5 Secs
Top Speed 250kmph
Price AED 1.6 million

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