The new Rolls-Royce Specter heralds the beginning of the all-electric era for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Built on Rolls-Royce aluminum luxury architecture, the world’s first ultra-luxury electric Super Coupe is the spiritual successor to the Phantom Coupe
Rolls-Royce, the ultra-luxury car manufacturer, has unveiled the new Rolls-Royce Spectre, the brand’s first electric model. It is a majestic two-door, four-seater that is said to be the spiritual successor to the Phantom Coupe, which went out of production in 2016.
A vehicle that fulfills a prophecy
RR is very excited about this venture not only because the electric Spectre’s instantaneous torque, “invisible” running gear and 1,500-pound floor-mounted battery/sound dampening fit in quite well with the Rolls-Royce ethos, but also because it fulfills a 122-year prophecy made by one of its founders, Charles Rolls.
“The electric car is perfectly quiet and clean. There are no odors or vibrations. It should be very useful when fixed charging stations can be arranged,” Rolls reportedly said in the early 1900s.
As for the main specifications. The company projects a range of 260 miles on the EPA cycle, while 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque take the Specter from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. However, all of these figures are preliminary estimates and are subject to change, as Rolls-Royce claims it is still in the final stages of fine-tuning.
Everything is mounted on a purpose built aluminum platform, called “Luxury Architecture”. The Specter is said to be 30% stiffer than any previous Rolls-Royce. Four-wheel steering and active “planar” suspension can decouple the stabilizer bars for independent motion and contribute to the vehicle’s Magic Carpet Ride.
A yacht-inspired exterior design
The rest is also typical Rolls-Royce. Seemingly inspired by yachts, the exterior design of the Specter features doors that open from the front and contain umbrellas. Split headlights flank what the company claims is its widest grille to date, while said grille is softly lit by 22 LEDs.
By now, you’ve probably heard of Rolls’ Starlight roof. Now get ready for the Spectre’s Starlight Doors, which add another 4,796 simulated stars to the sides of the cabin so you feel like you’re driving through space instead of just looking at it.
The most aerodynamic Rolls-Royce
The famous Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament has been redesigned and helps make the Specter the most aerodynamic RR ever. The 23-inch wheels are said to be the largest to come off the factory on a production two-door in the last 100 years or so.
Final pricing has yet to be set, but the automaker says the Specter will sit between the Cullinan SUV and its flagship Phantom sedan, so expect it to start somewhere in the $400,000 range. The first deliveries are planned for the fourth quarter of 2023.
As for future electric vehicles from Rolls-Royce, the Specter is just the beginning, as the company aims to make its entire range electric by 2030.