Rolls-Royce unveiled the current Wraith at the Geneva Auto Show in 2013. The four seat fastback shares components with the four door Ghost, which itself shares its chassis with parent company BMW’s 7-Series. At the time, the Ghost was three years old and had just received a refresh including a new front fascia. It also received a new name: Ghost Series II.
Fast forward three years and it is now time for the Wraith to have some work done. Indian Autos Blog (h/t BMW Blog) has published images (ahem, “spy photos”) of a lightly camouflaged Wraith Series II running around Germany. The site doesn’t mention where the car was spotted, but it appears to be an urban area where Rolls must not have cared too much about it being spotted.
It’s doubtful that there will be any significant changes underneath the skin of the Wraith Series II. Instead the car will most likely have cosmetic updates like refreshed front and rear fascias with some revisions of the current body work. The next Wraith will also have new color and wheel options when it arrives.
It will mostly likely keep the same twin-turbo, 6.6 liter V12 from the current Wraith. That engine has 624 bhp and can push the car to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds via an 8 speed ZF automatic gearbox. It’s possible that the most significant change to the driveline would be that it would gain the improved suspension of the new Dawn convertible.
Rolls-Royce has announced that they are developing an all new aluminum space-frame to underpin all future models. Testing is underway on the new platform, but the earliest a Rolls-Royce will feature it will be 2018, when the Cullanan SUV/crossover debuts.
“This new architecture of pure luxury represents considerable investment in the future of our great brand.” -Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
With every increasing emissions and fuel economy standards to meet, auto manufacturers like Bentley and Rolls-Royce have to continue to find ways to pull weight out of their largest luxury automobiles. Progress takes time and money though. We won’t see an all new Wraith until around the time the next Continental GT debates, which is expected in 2018 or 2019. Expect to see the curtain pulled back on the new Wraith Series II later in 2016.