Rolls-Royce pulled the Wraith from its production lineup after model year 2021, but the powerful luxury coupe retired as a champion. With an executive-level appearance, a roaring V12 engine, and ample comfort, the Wraith leaves many vehicles struggling to reach the same level of comprehensive refinement.
The 2021 Rolls-Royce Wraith
Trims and Pricing
There was only one Rolls-Royce Wraith trim with a starting MSRP of $305,979. Since Rolls-Royce handbuilds their vehicles to order, the price can easily reach $350,000.
With a raw 624 hp provided by a 6.6-liter V12 engine, the Wraith manages to hit sports car speeds with a full-sized body. It clears a quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds after reaching 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. That hefty displacement and collection of cylinders churn through gasoline, getting only 12 mpg in the city and 18 mpg when riding the highways.
When topping out at the track, the Wraith can reach 155 mph. Plenty of other luxury vehicles have higher top speeds, but it’s still faster than it needs to be for most drivers.
Throughout all the years of production, Rolls-Royce never had to issue a recall for the Wraith. The Wraith was never rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). While these ratings help make informed purchases, it’s not uncommon for cars with a limited sales volume – like an expensive luxury coupe – to be skipped.
Automated driver-assistive technologies are lacking, but the night vision camera and information displays do greatly enhance situational awareness for the driver.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Wraith is fairly well equipped with modern technology, including the modern “basics” like Apple CarPlay, a touchscreen navigation display, and an optional sound system with a whopping five-figure price tag.
Inside the Wraith, you’ll find the open space of a full-sized luxury vehicle with seating for four. 112 cubic feet of interior is on par with compact and crossover SUVs, and 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space can fit a full collection of briefcases, backpacks, music instruments, and more. The rear seats are buckets like the front, giving up the tiny and uncomfortable fifth seat that a bench would offer.
The basics create a cozy ride but tacking on the extras like massaging seats and lambswool floor mats really push the luxury over the top. Customization options also provide a decent range of colors and other visual amenities.
Top 3 Cars Similar to the Rolls-Royce Wraith
1. Lucid Air Grand Touring
Swapping the Wraith for an EV was likely inspired by the growing collection of luxury sports EVs like the Lucid Air Grand Touring. While the ultimate model of the Lucid Air costs about half as much as the Wraith at $154,000, it beats the larger vehicle to the 60 mph mark.
A sweeping view of the sky is visible under the panoramic glass sunroof. The rest of the interior matches that level of ostentatious display, including the wide display panel for the digital instrument cluster and navigation touch screen.
As a four-door vehicle with adequate leg room, the Air Grand Touring has the comfort of a normal vehicle with the specs of a sports car. Adding the long-range battery does bring the rear leg room down slightly, but it’s still within 2″ of the Wraith.
Overall, the Spectre will have a tough EV rival already in place when it launches, so it will be interesting to see how the market plays out.
2. Bentley Continental GT Speed
At $274,900 to start, the imposing Continental GT Speed from Bentley is a fantastic vehicle that pulls ahead of the Wraith in performance. Their body types are similar, though the Bentley has notable broadening around the rear wheel wells. An interior with seating for four matches as well, but the spacing is slightly smaller overall.
On the road, early acceleration is much faster at 3.5 seconds, and the top speed is over 200 mph. Highway driving will be more efficient at 20 mpg, but city fuel economy equals the Wraith at 12 mpg. Driver assistance features are more robust on the Continental, including automated parking and lane-keeping assistance.
Since it strongly lines up with the Wraith, those who really loved the balance of style, comfort, and performance that it offered will likely enjoy the Continental GT.
Instead of aiming for more speed, you might want a vehicle with more comfort and utility. The Lincoln Navigator offers both without taking too hard of a loss in performance. Taking 5.8 seconds to reach 60 mph is slow for this list, but it leaves plenty of lighter vehicles behind.
A quarter-mile time of 14.4 seconds isn’t too far behind the Wraith, but the top speed is significantly lower at 115 mph. Although the interior has a spacious 172 cubic feet of room for 7 passengers, the Navigator weighs less than the Wraith and has a better fuel economy that gets up to 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
Starting at $77,635 provides a much cheaper entry point, and the $106,635 MSRP for the Black Label still begins at roughly a third of the cost of a Wraith.
Aside from more room, the Navigator also delivers more power in ways that a luxury coupe simply can’t. A towing capacity of up to 8,300 pounds can haul full cargo trailers, larger fishing boats, and other heavy loads. That’s even enough towing capacity to pull a Wraith behind the Navigator if you want to have both.
Other Cars Similar to the Rolls-Royce Wraith
4. Rolls-Royce Spectre
The Spectre will be taking the spot of the Wraith in the upcoming Rolls-Royce production years. Details are incredibly sparse for now, but the conventional engine is being swapped with electric motors.
From the company’s showroom, the body looks incredibly similar to the Wraith. Given the look is the same and Rolls-Royce is exchanging one for the other, the price and features of the Spectre should land relatively close to the Wraith. Electric motors have proven themselves capable of delivering great acceleration, so there’s a chance that the Spectre will be even faster than the Wraith.
Since more information isn’t currently available, Rolls-Royce’s Spectre can’t earn a top 3 spot. Shoppers who like the Wraith may want to wait until the Spectre begins production instead of settling for another car.
5. Lamborghini Aventador
The Aventador slices through the streets with the grace and style that’s expected from a vehicle from Lamborghini. It just misses the 10-second mark on a quarter-mile strip, and it tops out well over 200 mph.
A sports car body severely cuts down on the interior space, the cargo space is small even amongst its contemporaries, and the fuel economy is even worse than the Wraith with a combined 12 mpg average. Looking for these downsides is difficult when the vehicle is entrancing as it moves along the track.
The extra gas is relatively minor, so the Aventador can stay on your shopping list if the cramped interior works with your needs. That said, there are other sports cars that offer similar performance, even if they can’t exactly match the Aventador’s style.
6. Ferrari F8 Spider
This Spider scurries so fast that it’s a blur. Ferrari gave the Spider a 3.9L V8 with 711 hp, pushing the slick sports car to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and across the quarter-mile line at the same pace as the Lamborghini Aventador. The engine is more efficient in the city at 15 mpg, but highway driving burns fuel at the same rate as the Wraith.
Every F8 Spider is a convertible with fierce aerodynamic accents and a more centralized cabin than many other European luxury cars. It’s still much tinier inside than the Wraith, and a full grocery shopping trip for a family might need the passenger seat to hold bags.
A price tag closer to $400,000 is a significant price jump even for Rolls-Royce shoppers, but the lack of rear seats and tiny cargo space also severely hurt its viability as a daily driver. Putting those concerns aside, the Spider is sure to catch a few drivers in its web.
7. Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
The DBS Superleggera is another luxury sports car that sits near the Wraith’s price. The standard coupe starts at $316,300 MSRP, and the convertible version has a markup to $334,700.
On the track, a 211 mph top speed and a 0 to 60 time of 3.2 seconds put it about 25% faster than the Wraith. The numbers aren’t quite as good up against other luxury sports cars like the Ferrari F8 or Lamborghini Aventador. It’s not too much slower, and the engine burns fuel efficiently for a V12 at 14 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.
Visually, the DBS achieves a tight balance between exotic and luxury sports car aesthetics. That does mean a more cramped ride than the Wraith, but it’ll feel roomy compared to an Aventador or Ferrari F8.
8. Porsche 911
The price of a Wraith will open up the entirety of the Porsche 911 lineup. The performance version, the 911 Turbo S, starts at $207,000 for the coupe and $219,800 for the cabriolet. Difference in cost is minimal at the very top, as the 911 Sport Classic’s MSRP is $272,300.
Rear passengers will be far more cramped inside any of the 911s since the third and fourth seats don’t have the spare room seen in the Wraith. Cargo space is much more limited at 9.3 cubic feet, nearly half as small as the trunk room in the Wraith.
Aside from being smaller, the Turbo S has a significant performance increase over the Wraith. The engine peaks at 198 mph and accelerates to 60 mph in about 2.5 seconds. Even the slowest 911s are significantly faster, with 0 to 60 times that are below 4 seconds.
9. Audi S8
Audi’s S8 is a slightly less luxurious alternative to the Wraith. The body style and interior layouts are similar, but the S8 has a bit more rear leg room and a smaller trunk.
Its V8 pulls ahead of the Wraith in speed tests, achieving 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and finishing its quarter-mile in under 12 seconds. City fuel economy is marginally higher, but a steady highway pace takes the efficiency up to 22 mpg.
You might not have a night vision camera or the option to install an LED starlight roof, and the finishing touches like interior coloring have a more limited range. But at $116,900 to start, you’ll have plenty of cash leftover for aftermarket improvements.
10. Mclaren 765LT
Once again, here is a vehicle that shows how the Wraith’s price range is dominated by high-powered luxury sports cars. The Mclaren 765LT is a 2-door powerhouse with gorgeous curves everywhere you look. If the Wraith feels too understated, the 765LT might be the car for you.
Mclaren didn’t bother with rear seats, and the cargo space can barely fit a big suitcase. 14 mpg city and 18 mpg highway aren’t stellar fuel economy ratings, but they line up with similar sports cars and the Wraith.
Breaching 60 mph in 2.7 seconds puts the 765LT near the top of this list, but there are cheaper cars that offer similar or better acceleration, like the Lucid Air or Porsche 911. It may not be the absolute best value, but there are enough unique features that it might win the heart of a shopper looking to spend just under half a million on their car.
11. Maserati Quattroporte
Maserati’s Quattroporte has many of the same qualities as the Wraith with a substantially lower entry price. The four-door vehicle has a similar interior volume and level of luxury features. The cargo space is slightly higher at 18.7 cubic feet, and the rear bench seat brings the number of passengers to five.
Performance metrics sit close to the Wraith, but the Quattroporte has better fuel economy. The engine is a 580-hp V8 with acceleration right on par at 4.5 seconds to reach 60 mph. A much smaller engine and about a ton off the weight of the body results in a decent 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway fuel economy.
Pricing is much more competitive than the Wraith, but the Quattroporte still starts in the five-figure range. Selecting the upper Trofeo trim puts the starting MSRP at $151,500.
12. Genesis G90
If not for the comparison against the Wraith, the Genesis G90 from Hyundai’s premium brand would be an expensive luxury vehicle. With the looming five-figure price tag overhead, paying over $74,950 for the G90 seems like a grand discount.
The full-sized sedan has a full load of comfort features and safety technology, including forward collision avoidance that’s designed for a multitude of potential hazards. There’s a certain level of refinement that the Wraith has which is beyond the G90, but those differences are easy to forget once you start driving.
A slightly slower acceleration is a minor pain point, but 5.1 seconds to hit highway speeds is a satisfying pace from the upgraded 5.0-liter V8 version of the G90. Losing that power does save a bit of cash at the pump with a much better fuel economy of 18 mpg around town and 26 mph on the highways.