The Black Badge edition of the newest Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge is nothing short of amazing. Many manufacturers are offering dark themes on their premier models, but nothing like this has been done before. From the lower air intakes to the Spirit of Ecstasy, all of the bright trim is now in black chrome. Instead of offering each item as a line item on the window sticker, the extensive changes are part of a $45,000 option package. Perhaps the original intention of blacked out cars was to fly under the radar, but this car is powerful enough to make every other automobile respect its quality.
For the Rolls-Royce connoisseur who wants an exotic wheel, Black Badge comes with carbon fiber 21-in rolling stock. A first for the brand, 22 layers of the composite were arranged in three directions then folded over for a wheel with 44 layers of carbon. A new air suspension system is calibrated for the dramatic loss in wheel weight, along with quicker response to body roll in the corners. Another first is the carbon fiber trimmed interior. The composite layers are interwoven with strands of 0.014 mm aluminum wire, which gives the surface a unique and beautiful luster. Horsepower remains at 624, but torque has been increased to 642 lb-ft. To make sure that power is well controlled, a new 8-speed automatic transmission also makes its debut. No detail was overlooked, as even the clock was redesigned for these exclusive cars.
2018 ROLLS-ROYCE WRAITH BLACK BADGE SPECS
Engine: 6.6-liter Twin-Turbo V12
Torque: 642 lb-ft
0–60: 4.4 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph (limited)
Transmission: 8-speed automatic