In 1900, Rolls-Royce co-founder, Charles Rolls, prophesized an electric future for the motor car recognizing the clean, noiseless alternative to the internal combustion engine – providing there was sufficient infrastructure to support it. Today, more than 120 years later, the time has come for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to fulfill the prophecy of its founding father with the first fully-electric Rolls-Royce, Spectre.
From the front, Spectre’s split headlight treatment is intersected by the widest grille ever on a Rolls-Royce. The vanes of the Pantheon grille are now smoother in section and a flusher fit, designed to help guide the air around the motor car’s front. Along with an aero-tuned Spirit of Ecstasy figurine the grille delivers Rolls-Royce’s most aerodynamic motor car, ever. The grille is softly illuminated, with 22 LEDs lighting the sandblasted rear side of each of the vanes.
The silhouette’s most dramatic feature is Spectre’s fastback. The proportional demands of Spectre’s scale required Spectre to be the first production two-door coupé to be equipped with 23-inch wheels in almost one hundred years. This design treatment marries the iconography of Spectre’s spiritual successor, the Phantom Coupé to a contemporary Rolls-Royce design.
ALL-ALUMINIUM ARCHITECTURE OF LUXURY
Built on the ‘Architecture of Luxury,’ Spectre delivers the iconic Rolls-Royce drive. A new, highly flexible all-aluminum spaceframe architecture, has been tailored for electric drive. It also underpins today’s Phantom, Cullinan and Ghost, and Coachbuild projects. Royce 2.0. The electric drive technology is advanced enough to fulfil the Rolls-Royce experience. Rolls-Royce engineers ensured the continuity of experience from its current portfolio.
Planar suspension is the integration of systems with precisely defined responses to driver inputs and road conditions, made possible by the latest software and hardware developments, delivering Rolls-Royce’s hallmark ‘magic carpet ride.’
Spectre is the most connected Rolls-Royce in history, harnessing the power of the motor car’s remarkable Decentralised Intelligence processing. Engineers working on the project describe the experience offered by Spectre as akin to “Rolls-Royce in high definition” on account of the speed and accuracy of the motor car’s response to a worldwide spread of road and weather conditions.
POWER, RANGE, AND DIMENSIONS
The final power, acceleration and range figures are still being refined, as the fine tuning of Spectre enters its final phase. Preliminary data shows that Spectre will have an all-electric estimated EPA range of up to 260 miles and offer 664 foot-pound of torque from its 577 hp powertrain. It is anticipated to achieve 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds).
With many months of testing and optimization of Spectre still ahead, these figures are subject to change ahead of official confirmation prior to market launch in Q4 2023.