Rolls-Royce stylists have given their creativity free rein for the Black Badge series, and the result is a Wraith that sends a frisson of excitement down the spine even when it’s parked at the kerbside. The wheels command attention; as black as night itself, the rims are made from carbon-fibre composite bonded to aircraft-grade aluminium hubs. As well as looking effortlessly cool, they also reduce unsprung weight, to the benefit of handling.
Externally, brightwork becomes darkwork. This includes the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy and the Double R badge as well as front grille surround, boot lid finisher, lower air inlet finisher and exhaust pipes. A new shade of paint, Black Badge Black, complements the look to perfection though owners are free to specify any colour they wish.
Inside, the upholstery is in black leather with contrasting Cobalto Blue and embroidered ‘Unlimited’ Logo; air vents are dark, using a permanent process called Physical Vapour Deposition, and the trim is finished in aerospace-grade aluminium-threaded carbon fibre composite – a material associated with stealth aircraft. The finishing touch is provided by a Black Badge fascia clock with orange-tipped hands.