Rolls-Royce Wraith Performing a Burnout Is Like Seeing the Queen Doing Pogo

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Of all the Rolls-Royces ever made, the Wraith is probably the most qualified to perform a burnout, but that hardly means anything. Hooning in a Rolls-Royce is like having a punk rock concert at the Palace of Buckingham - it would work, but it would be just so out of place.
It would also be damn cool, though, wouldn't it? Seeing thousands of mohawks and spike-haired dudes roaming the halls of the administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch would make for a pretty awesome sight. As would a Rolls-Royce mildly drifting and doing burnouts.

The famous British marque may be owned by BMW now, but it still holds all the grandeur of its past. Rolls-Royces provide some of the fewest sightings on the street, being even more scarce than supercars - despite the fact they are now built on a modified BMW 7 Series platform. And when you do see them, they're usually just chilling, either waiting for their master to come out of a bank or rolling gently on the boulevard as if it owned it.

Well, there were no banks around at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and doing its usual floating thing would have probably drawn jeers from the crowds. So the black Rolls-Royce Wraith that lined up for the hillclimb had no option but to play by the rules.

Like a gentleman who can handle himself in a bare knuckle fight, the Rolls had no problem warming its tires with a decent burnout, all to the delight of the public (and to the bewilderment of a woman who probably couldn't understand why, after tens of burnouts, everybody was suddenly laughing at that one).

Armed with a 6.6-liter V12 engine that develops 632 hp and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm), the luxury behemoth can perform surprisingly well in a straight line, it's in the bends where the 5,200 lbs (2,360 kg) make themselves felt. But, don't worry, more weight means greater inertia, which in turn means that it's easier to drift. Too bad this clip only lasts for one minute, we would have loved to see the Wraith's entire run.

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