Report: Rolls-Royce CEO Confirms Wraith Drophead Convertible

After unveiling the gorgeous Wraith coupe (pictured) at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Rolls-Royce has more up its sleeve for the Ghost-based two-door. According to new reports, the British marque will be matching the Wraith coupe with a convertible model, as well.

Speaking at the launch of the Wraith coupe, Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös told AutoExpress that, "the design [of the Wraith] certainly lends itself to a drophead coupe, and I think that will be the next variant." However, he also confirmed that, if they were to work on Wraith Drophead, it would still be a number of years out. According to Autocar, Müller-Ötvös expects most Wraith coupe and convertible sales to be in the U.S.

It's unlikely that the Wraith Drophead would modify the powertrain from the coupe when it goes into production. That means, open-top buyers can expect the same twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Power output will most likely remain pegged at 624 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque so that the entire Wraith line remains the most powerful Rolls-Royce models ever. Whether or not the electronically limited 155-mph top speed and 4.6-second sprint from 0 to 62 mph will stay constant is yet to be seen.

Müller-Ötvös also spoke about another future Rolls at the Wraith launch – the long-rumored SUV. We reported on a Rolls-Royce SUV earlier this year, saying that board member Harald Krueger would neither confirm nor deny if such a model was being investigated at this time. According to Autocar, Müller-Ötvös, "believed it was doubtful that an SUV would have either the gravitas or the effortless driving characteristics that make 'a true Rolls-Royce.' But the company remained open-minded in the longer-term about considering new models." However, AutoExpress is reporting a clear denial: said the CEO, "We have no plans to produce an SUV, definitely not."

Sources: AutoExpress, Autocar

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