The Wraith Black Arrow Is Rolls-Royce's Last V-12 Coupe

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Wraith Black Arrow: Rolls-Royce's Last V-12 CoupeBMW

Rolls-Royce revealed Monday it will send off production of the Wraith with a special edition called the Black Arrow.

The introduction of the special edition, full name Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow, also marks the very last time the company will build a V-12-powered coupe.

The British luxury car company is pivoting to fully electric power following the end of current Ghost and Phantom production, meaning all new coupes beyond the Wraith, including the new Spectre, will rely on battery propulsion going forward.

The Wraith Black Arrow will be limited to just 12 units globally, a homage to its outgoing twin-turbo 12-cylinder powertrain. It's unlikely to be made available in the U.S., as both the Dawn and the Wraith were dropped from Rolls-Royce's Stateside lineup back in 2021.

The Black Arrow gets a number of unique design changes over the normal Wraith, using inspiration from the V-12-powered "Thunderbolt" land speed record car from the Thirties. There's a scattering of yellow accents inside and out, along with a funky glass-infused paint that, according to Rolls, generates a "striking motion blur effect from front to rear."

"As the last examples of this landmark motor car get ready to leave Goodwood, we commemorate Wraith’s status as the last series V-12 coupé we will ever make," CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said in a statement. "Both Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow and its inspiration, the V-12-powered land speed record-holding Thunderbolt of the thirties, represent the culmination of many long years of achievement, and the end of their respective eras."

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