Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by Music: a concert hall on wheels

Published: 04 August 2015

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Rolls-Royce has developed a trio of special editions throwing the light on different aspects of its DNA – and today it unveils the new Wraith Inspired by Music, following the fashion and film models.

It has Goodwood’s most muscular sound system yet, a bespoke 1300-watt, 18-channel hi-fi comprising no fewer than seven tweeters, seven mid-range speakers, a couple of bass boxes and two ‘exciter’ speakers in the LED star-studded rooflining. It’s a development of the Bespoke Audio option available on every Wraith.

Rolls-Royce Wraith inspired by Music: the audiophile’s choice

The company’s sound specialists use microphones to monitor what little road and wind noise emanates from a Wraith at speed, adjusting the stereo’s outputs to counteract background distractions.

And in a hint that copper is only used in the most exclusive sound systems, the interior of the Wraith Inspired by Music is laced with the rustic metal, from the speaker covers to the centre console. Check out also the detailing on the Rolls-Royce clock, whose outer bezel is designed to echo the look and feel of vinyl records.

The rock ’n’ Rolls connection

BMW’s most statesmanlike brand does have an intriguing following in the pop world, from contemporary rappers who like parading in swanky Rollers to rock icons such as Elvis Presley (Phantom V), John Lennon (ditto) and Keith Moon (who, rock legend has it, parked his Rolls in a swimming pool).

By Tim Pollard

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