Rolls-Royce has unveiled its maiden electric car — the Spectre. The Rolls-Royce Spectre will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2023. The electric car will be positioned between the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and the Rolls-Royce Phantom.
The Spectre electric car is based on the Rolls-Royce all-aluminium architecture and uses new Spirit software architecture with full Whispers integration. Rolls-Royce is presenting the Spectre as the world’s first ultra-luxury electric super coupe and a successor to the Phantom coupe.
The company has already confirmed that its entire product portfolio will be fully-electric by the end of 2030.
Rolls-Royce Spectre Range, Power and Acceleration
Rolls-Royce is still working on the final range, power and acceleration figures of the Spectre.
All the figures will be finalised by the second quarter of 2023. From the preliminary data available, Spectre is expected to have a WLTP range of 520 kilometres. The motor will deliver 577hp of maximum power and 900Nm of peak torque.
The electric car is anticipated to achieve 0-100kmph in 4.5 seconds. The figures might change before its market launch.
“The Spectre possesses all the qualities that have secured the Rolls-Royce legend. This incredible motor car, conceived from the very beginning as our first fully-electric model, is silent, powerful and demonstrates how perfectly Rolls-Royce is suited to electrification.
Spectre’s all-electric powertrain will assure the marque’s sustained success and relevance while dramatically increasing the definition of each characteristic that makes a Rolls-Royce a Rolls-Royce,” said Torsten Muller-Otvos, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
“At Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, perfection is about more than making the very best products. It is a culture, an attitude and our guiding philosophy. Indeed, it is our founding father, Sir Henry Royce, who said, ‘strive for perfection in everything you do’.
Spectre has been conceived within this culture. It is perfectly in tune with the sensibilities of our time. It states the direction for the future of our marque and perfectly answers a call from the most discerning individuals in the world to elevate the electric motor car experience because Spectre is a Rolls-Royce first and an electric car second,” he added.
Rolls-Royce Spectre Features
The Rolls-Royce Spectre gets a split headlight treatment with the widest grille ever (Pantheon grille) in a Rolls-Royce car. The grille enhances the electric car’s unprecedented drag coefficient, which at just 0.25cd makes Spectre Rolls-Royce’s most aerodynamic car ever.
The grille is softly illuminated, with 22 LEDs. Following the roofline back, the tail lamps are set into the largest single-body panel ever produced for a Rolls-Royce, which extends from the A-pillar to the luggage compartment. The jewel-like vertical tail lamps are colourless for neutrality. Spectre is also the first production two-door coupe to be equipped with 23-inch wheels in almost one hundred years.
Inside the cabin, the Rolls-Royce Spectre is provisioned with the most technologically advanced bespoke features yet, the company claimed. For the first time on a series production Rolls-Royce, Spectre is available with starlight doors, which incorporate 4,796 softly illuminated ‘stars.
The ethereal night-time theme continues with Spectre’s illuminated fascia. Spectre is equipped with a completely redesigned digital architecture of luxury named Spirit. Not only will Spirit manage the motor car’s functions, but it is seamlessly integrated into the marque’s Whispers application, allowing clients to interact with their car remotely, and receive live information curated by the marque’s luxury intelligence specialists.
The Spectre’s front seat design has been inspired by British tailoring with lapel sections that can be rendered in contrasting or matching colours to the main base. Bespoke stitching, embroidery and intricate piping have been considered in their inception.
Rolls-Royce Spectre Testing
Muller-Otvos said that he believes Spectre is the most perfect product that Rolls-Royce has ever produced. The company confirmed that it had started testing the Spectre in September 2021. The electric car is being subjected to more than 2.5 million kilometres of road tests, simulating more than 400 years of use for a Rolls-Royce.