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Rolls-Royce Wraith Coupe Teased, Spied Testing

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith profile teaser lightened

Rolls-Royce released a shadowy teaser this morning of its new Wraith coupe, due to debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show. However, we’re one step ahead of the British automaker – we have new spy shots of the Wraith out testing near the Arctic Circle this week, as well.

2014 Rolls Royce Wraith front three quarter 1 spied 300x187 image

Given that the Wraith is expected to essentially be a coupe version of the Ghost, chances are likely that the Wraith will use the same powertrain as the Ghost sedan. Rolls already promised that the Wraith will be the most-powerful and most dynamic model to wear its Spirit of Ecstasy hood mascot. That means buyers should expect upwards of the 563 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque that the Ghost’s twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 puts down.

Our spy shots show a number of the Wraith’s design cues that have been lifted straight from the Ghost sedan. The Wraith caught testing looks to have an-almost identical front clip to the Ghost, with its slightly raked radiator grille, LED turn signals, and contoured hood. Around back, the Wraith wears the same LED taillights as the Ghost. The big difference, of course, is in profile – while the Ghost is a four-door, the Wraith will have only two doors and a sloping roofline. However, like the range-topping Phantom Coupe, the new two-door Rolls will also have rear-hinged doors. The Wraith also has longer rear quarter windows than the Phantom Coupe or the Ghost, as evidenced by the teaser released this morning.

Expect more details to follow as the official reveal for the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith draws closer.

We Hear: Next Hyundai Genesis Sedan to Feel More “German,” Four-Door Coupe Possible

2013 Hyundai Genesis sedan headlight closeup

The original Hyundai Genesis sedan made quite the entrance into the premium car market, but the automaker’s luxury offerings will only become more ambitious in the next few years. Automobile Magazine recently talked with Hyundai’s John Krafcik, who shared a few interesting details on the automaker’s future in the U.S.

The continued success of the Hyundai Genesis sedan will start with available all-wheel drive. Krafcik says the new Genesis sedan that’s unveiled at the 2014 Detroit auto show will feel more “German.” In a Second Take review of a 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec sedan, we noted that the R-Spec model “lacks the high-speed handling feel that its name indicates, but not once was it difficult to keep the car on its intended course.” We also had minor issues with the quality of certain interior parts of the R-Spec sedan, which accelerated from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

Hyundai HCD 14 Genesis Concept front left view1 300x187 imageKrafcik told Automobile that the new Genesis will be more traditional — perhaps making that possible is a boldly styled coupe-like four-door. Using a few basic design elements from the controversial HCD-14 concept from the 2013 Detroit auto show, a coupe-like four-door Hyundai priced right could help the automaker steal customers away from cars like the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz CLS, and Audi A7.

Those who want a real coupe, however, may still consider the Hyundai Genesis two-door. While the current car can’t fit a V-8 under its hood, Krafcik says the next-gen Genesis Coupe may offer power from a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 or even a naturally aspirated V-8. Though Hyundai doesn’t distinguish sales of the Genesis coupe from the sedan, Genesis sales pale in comparison to other rear-drive coupes like the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang as well as the Dodge Challenger.