The 2020 Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge, with its semi-angry, 624 hp V12 engine is the most powerful Rolls ever produced. That 6.6L engine also gives you 641 lb-ft of torque propelling this massive coupe from 0-60 in 4.3 seconds. It’s a thrilling experience to drive the Wraith, that V12 provides an amazing powerband that never seems to end. It does start a bit slowly, as if it’s unsure you really wanted to jump on it then just throws you back into the bespoke three color leather seat. Once launched, the Wraith’s special Black Badge exhaust offers a louder, more angry note than your average Roller.
What is Black Badge?
Black Badge is Rolls-Royce’s new performance designation. The cars are more extreme, with special styling touches, special interior trim features and a more performance-oriented experience. The engines and suspensions are tuned for a more thrilling driving experience, compared to a “standard” Rolls-Royce.
The Wraith Black Badge
The Wraith is the two-door, four-seat coupe, paired with the Dawn which is the two-door convertible. The Black Badge Wraith is the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever produced, offering up 624 hp and 641 lb-ft of torque from a 6.6L, 48-valve 60-degree 12-cylinder powerplant. You have a more sports-oriented suspension and special carbon-alloy composite wheels.
I took the Black Badge Wraith on a Southern California road trip, starting in the desert outside Palm Springs and ending in the mountains of Idyllwild. I drove the Wraith up the incredible CA 74, known as the Palms to Pines Scenic Byway. It’s 50 miles of curving, two-lane mountain road that rises about 5,000 feet. On one side you have a cliff and on the other there’s a rock wall, so there is no room for error. It’s one of the country’s great driving roads whether you’re on four wheels or two.
The base price of the 2020 Rolls-Royce Wraith is $330,000. The Black Badge package is $50,000 and this car had another $75,900 in options, bringing the total to $461,250 (RR destination and handling is $2,750 and gas guzzler tax is $2,600).
You can see a vlog I did of the trip here on my YouTube channel.