Rugby Roller: this is the Rolls-Royce Wraith - History of Rugby

Published: 22 September 2015

► Latest special edition Wraith
► This one's a rugby one-off
► Trimmed in Rugby School colours

Is there no stopping the flood of special-edition Rolls-Royces? Today Goodwood unveils a rugby-flavoured Wraith, the latest in its line of 'Inspired by' models to highlight the high degree of personalisation available from the masters of bespoke. 

The Rolls-Royce Wraith - History of Rugby edition is timed to coincide with the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but is very much an unofficial product. After all, it's mainstream Land Rover who's juggling the oval balls with its headline sponsorship of the tournament, not low-volume Rolls-Royce.

What makes a Wraith a rugby edition?

It's mostly down to special trim and colour finishes: there are no changes to the £230,000 Wraith's 6.6-litre V12 or drivetrain. The English White paintwork is designed to match that of the England rugby team, although more specifically it references the shirts of Rugby School, where the game was founded in 1823.

Check out also the England red rose hand painted along the car's flanks, accompanying the deep green coachline running along the shoulder of the one-off Wraith. The rose reappears inside too - each headrest sports an embroidered English rose and the piano black interior trim repeats the motif familiar from England rugby crests.

The best bit about the rugby Wraith? The accompanying Gilbert rugby balls, using the same Seashell and Hotspur Red leather as Rolls-Royce and made by the craftsfolk of Goodwood. Trying too hard? Or a scrummy piece of merchandise? Be sure to tell us in the comments below...

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet

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