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Rolls Royce Wraith and Citroën DS3 special edition

PUBLISHED: 15:22 28 February 2014 | UPDATED: 15:22 28 February 2014

Splashing through the rain - we reckon this Wraith soon received the attention of expert cleaners

Splashing through the rain - we reckon this Wraith soon received the attention of expert cleaners

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Ultimate dream cars and nippy little numbers that look pretty in pink, Sue Bromley revs up to seek the romance in our four-wheeled friends

Someone, somewhere received this as their Christmas gift. Own up if it was you, we’d love to visit and perhaps enjoy a glide around town. It’s the Wraith, the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history, and described as “the ultimate gentlemen’s gran turismo” by Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

You get all the luxury and refinement associated with the brand, and for men who like to measure such things there’s the fact that it does 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

Along with that sumptuous interior comes SAT using GPS data to see beyond what the driver sees; it anticipates his next move based on location and driving style, then selects the most appropriate gear for the terrain ahead.

Voice activation commands come with a one-touch call button located on the steering wheel.

Simply tell it to navigate to your named destination and it will do just that.

The first Wraiths went on sale at the end of last year for around €245k (about £230,000 when we checked). So we looked at hiring one for a day later in the year and found it an impossible task. Offers included a delightful Rolls-Royce Phantom for an average rate of £1,127 per day (uk.hertzsupercars.com). Contract and lease purchasing deals included a Wraith for just over £6,000 a month if we put down nearly £37,000 in advance. It’s not going to happen.

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Citroën launched a new range of DS3 special editions for New Year. DS3 Pink is a fun, fresh and fuchsia take on their award-winning supermini. Exclusive to the UK, the eye-catching models start from just £15,675. They feature a fuchsia pink roof, door mirrors and wheel centre caps. The striking pink theme continues inside the cabin, with a fuchsia dashboard and a colour coded gear lever knob adding a splash of colour to the interior.

Owners of the DS3 DStyle Pink will enjoy 16-inch ‘Ashera’ Black or White alloy wheels - to match the chosen body colour - as well as a HiFi System upgrade with additional speakers on top of the usual DStyle specification. Meanwhile, the range-topping DSport Pink has 17-inch ‘Bellone’ Black or White alloys, plus a ‘City Signature’ pack, which includes automatic headlights and wipers, rear parking sensors, heated and electric folding door mirrors and a front central armrest.

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