Mansory continues its mission to make the world’s high-end cars as gaudy as possible with this, the gold-plated Rolls-Royce Wraith Palm Edition 999.
We really do mean gold-plated, as well. Everything that appears to be gold actually is. Not cheap-and-nasty 8-karat stuff, either. This is proper 24-karat, 99.9% pure, hence the name.
Mansory will goldify as much or as little of the Wraith’s interior and exterior brightwork as the owner wants. This one appears to have had the lot done, including some of the extra bits that come with the bodykit, totaling several square metres. The cost would probably buy at least one other brand-new Wraith.
So attention-grabbing is such a vast expanse of gold that you might miss this Wraith wears the same headlights as the yet-to-be-launched Dawn convertible. This, we approve of. About the only the aspect of the visuals we do approve of.
What we definitely approve of, though, is the under-bonnet fettling. In standard form the Wraith isn’t exactly lacking grunt, it’s twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12 producing 523bhp and 590lb/ft of torque, enough to haul its 2.4-ton bulk from 0-62mph in 4.6secs and on to a limited top speed of 155mph.
With some judicious ECU and turbo tweakery, Mansory has extracted 730bhp and 737lb/ft, which cuts the 0-62 sprint down to 4.4secs and, with the limiter removed, top speed stands at 187mph.
Slightly worryingly, Mansory hasn’t specified any chassis changes, but the images would suggest the Wraith is sitting lower on its air suspension. We think there’s a glimpse of bigger brakes behind the 22in wheels, too.
How much lavishness is, err, lavished on the interior is up to the owner. Mansory says it can do absolutely anything they want, though we’d prefer to leave it to Rolls’s own Bespoke department. In fact, we’d leave the entire car to Bespoke.
Clearly, though, the near-limitless possibilities available from the factory aren’t enough for some people. People who want to go way beyond the boundaries of taste and decency that Rolls-Royce draws. Those people end up at Mansory.
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By Only Motors