Rolls-Royce Unveiled Its First Fully-Electric Car - Spectre

Rolls Royce presented its first fully-electric production model in its history, a coupe called Spectre which it says is also the most aerodynamic Rolls model.

The new car will cost around $400,000 and comes with a number of impressive specifications. Spectre marks the start of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars' full electrification.

Rolls Royce announced in autumn 2021 that it would launch an electric car and said that by 2030 the entire range would be electrified.

Rolls Royce's Spectre - "Perfectly InTune With The Sensibilities Of Our Time"

The British brand has presented its first electric car as the start of a bold new Chapter.

"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, and 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.

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.

This is the start of a bold new chapter for our marque, our extraordinary clients, and the luxury industry. For this reason, I believe Spectre is the most perfect product that Rolls-Royce has ever produced," Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said.

Spectre - A Powerful Electric Car

Preliminary data shows that Spectre is expected to have an all-electric range of 320 miles/520 kilometers WLTP and offer 900Nm of torque from its 430kW powertrain. It is anticipated to achieve 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds). These figures are subject to change ahead of official confirmation prior to market launch in Q4 2023.
Rolls-Royce First Fully-Electric Car Spectre
According to the company, the sophisticated extruded aluminum sections and integration of the battery into the structure of the motor enable Spectre to be 30% stiffer than any previous Rolls-Royce.

As for the price range, Rolls will position the Spectre between the Cullinan SUV and the Phantom sedan. The company refers to the Spectre as an "Ultra-Luxury Electric Super Coupe."
Rolls-Royce  Its First Fully-Electric Car - Spectre
The homologation tests for the electric car will end in the spring of 2023.

Spectre Dimensions:    

Number of doors / seats         2 doors / 4 seats

Vehicle length                         5453 mm / 214.685 in

Vehicle width                           2080 mm / 81.889 in

Vehicle height (unladen)          1559 mm / 61.377 in

Wheelbase                              3210 mm / 126.378 in

Turning circle                           12.7 m

Kerb weight                             2975 kg

Spectre - From Dream To Reality

Rolls Royce produced an electric prototype called 102EX 11 years ago.

In 1900, Rolls-Royce co-founder, Charles Rolls, prophesized an electric future for the motor car. Having acquired an electric vehicle named The Columbia Electric Carriage, he foresaw its suitability as a clean, noiseless alternative to the internal combustion engine – providing there was sufficient infrastructure to support it.  But things went in the opposite direction and the century was one of the internal combustion cars; even 10 years ago it seemed hard to believe that the day would come when an electric Rolls Royce would be launched, although electric concepts did exist.

But this day came with Spectre. For this new model, the company uses the "Architecture of Luxury" platform used for the Phantom and Cullinan. Spectre's size required designers to use 23-inch wheels. Inside, the car is available with Starlight Doors, which incorporate 4,796 softly illuminated 'stars,'  excluding Starlight Headliner.
 Spectre Rolls-Royce Unveiled Fully-Electric Car
Rolls Royce had its best year in 2021 after sales reached 5,500 cars, up 49% in a year when most car brands fell due to the semiconductor crisis.

How Rolls Royce Sales Have Evolved Over The Past 15 Years

2007: 1,010 units

2009: 1,002

2010: 2,711

2014: 4,063

2017: 3,438

2019: 5,100

2020: 3,756

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