Rolls ROyce Ghost
The 6.6-litre V12 engine with eight-speed automatic gearbox is quick enough for a 0-100km/h dash of just 4.6-seconds, with the only downfall being a thirsty appetite for premium unleaded fuel, at 14.0 litres per 100 kilometres to be exact. When you take the car’s portly 2.36-tonne mass into account, the fuel consumption could be considered reasonable.Behind the wheel of the Wraith, the long bonnet and high doorsill make you feel like you are piloting a speedboat.
The smart eight-speed automatic gearbox is smooth, but fast to react to requests for dollops of power. That punch is served with ferocity if you bury the throttle, as you would expect from a twin-turbocharged V12 engine.
When I first realised that there were no steering wheel mounted paddleshifters or manual gear selection options, I was a bit disappointed. I then quickly realised that these features were entirely pointless with the GPS-linked transmission in action.
Unlike Wraith’s impressive straight-line speed, cornering can be a little off at times. The soft suspension causes the body to lean when the car is pushed, while the steering lacks the level of feel you would find in a Porsche or Ferrari. Given the Wraith’s target audience, it’s a trait that’s easily forgiven..