It would be a merry Christmas indeed if someone would wrap a wreath on a Wraith for me.
There’s nothing like tooling around in a Rolls Royce and when that Rolls is a Wraith, it’s as close to a dream come true as one can get. This is my number one choice for personal car of the year.
This was the second year in a row, I’ve had a Rolls to ride and the Wraith Black Badge is a rare treat.
My wife and I took headed south, stopping just short of the U.S. border at Waterton National Park where we were able to mingle with the wildlife who were oblivious and the tourists who were agog at this larger than life thing of beauty.
Wraith is a two-door two seater with a black paint job so deep it’s like staring into a still mountain pool in the evening darkness.
Just sitting there, it seems to say “welcome to the dark side.”
To accept the invitation, you open the huge “suicide” doors and slide into an interior steeped in luxury: the finest in leather, power everything, including massaging front seats.
Unique to the Black Badge are high-gloss carbon-fibre interior trim, leather seats that would make the cows they came from moo with pride. A magpie seemed determined to photo bomb every exterior I took next to the Waterton Lake shore. It did keep a respectful distance, though.
The test car had white and black interior colour scheme with black lambs wool floor mats, Rolls-Royce Bespoke audio and RR monogram on all headrests.
It even brought its own starry night with headliner illumination that mimics the night sky with tiny dots of light.
Black Badge’s 6.6L twin turbo V12 whips up 624 horses to propel you effortlessly onward as you sing “hello darkness my old friend.”
The cost of all this? A mere $530,119.
(It was not long after our visit that a massive forest five blackened a huge section of the park and threatened the town of Waterton.)