The Rolls-Royce Wraith 2023 is finally saying goodbye for real after a ten-year reign. Although the coupe left the American market in 2021, it continued to be sold abroad. The company’s V-12-powered coupes will no longer be produced as of the newly unveiled Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow Collection. Later this year, the electric Spectre will take over the role, but 12 of this particular Wraith will be produced by Rolls-Royce as a farewell gift.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith is a tribute to Thunderbolt, an eight-wheeled land speed record vehicle propelled by two Rolls-Royce V-12 aircraft engines. On the Utah Bonneville Salt Flats in 1938, Thunderbolt broke the speed record by accelerating to 357.497 mph, which it held for almost a year. World War II’s outbreak hampered attempts to regain the top place, but advancements in propulsion technology after the war have ensured that Thunderbolt has remained the fastest V-12-powered vehicle ever.
Rolls-Royce claims that Thunderbolt’s brilliant aluminium body reflected the harsh Utah sun’s rays so intensely that timing devices were unable to detect it. As a result, the driver painted a large black arrow and a yellow circle on the side of the car, which served as the inspiration for the name and appearance of this limited-edition Wraith.
The elegant gradient paint finish of the Black Arrow, which boasts a Celebration Silver front end flowing into a Black Diamond rear, was purportedly perfected over the course of 18 months, according to Rolls-Royce. Its accents are the wheels and the bright yellow trim on the front bumper. In addition, the base of the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament above and the struts that are visible through the grille are painted yellow.