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Rolls-Royce introduces Wraith St. James Edition

The St. James Edition is the most powerful street-legal Rolls ever made.

Rolls-Royce has introduced a limited-edition version of the Wraith dubbed St. James Edition.

The biggest modifications are found under the hood, where the Wraith's twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 engine has been tweaked to generate 632 horsepower - an increase of eight ponies over the regular-production model - and 590 lb-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 5,000 rpm. Performance figures have not been published yet, but the Wraith St. James Edition stands out as the most powerful street-legal Rolls-Royce ever built at the factory.

The slight bump in power is complemented by an eye-catching red paint job, an aluminum grille as well as chromed door handles and chrome trim around the windows. Two-tone alloy wheels add a finishing touch to the look.

Rolls-Royce has not revealed how many examples of the Wraith St. James Edition it will build and how much of a premium the limited-edition model will carry over its regular-production counterpart. For what it's worth, the base Wraith stickers for about $300,000.

What's next?

Rolls-Royce is putting the final touches on a convertible version of the Wraith dubbed Dawn, a heritage-laced nameplate introduced in the early 1950s. Powered by the same 6.6-liter V12, the Dawn will be fitted with a conventional soft top rather than a more complex folding hardtop.

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