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Rolls-Royce Spectre

All-electric Rolls-Royce Spectre unveiled

The Rolls-Royce Spectre – an “Ultra-Luxury Electric Super Coupé” according to the brand – has been unveiled and it’s expected to have a WLTP electric driving range of 320 miles (520 kilometres).

The Spectre has a 430 kW powertrain producing 900 Nm of torque, delivering a 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds. This acceleration is impressive for a car that is almost 5.5 metres long and which weighs 2,975 kg (yes that’s pretty much 3 tonnes).

So perhaps it’s not surprisingly that the Spectre has a power consumption figure of 2.9 miles/kWh (21.5 kWh/100km). This compares to 4.1 miles per kWh for the Mini Electric.

However the Spectre’s fastback body style does have impressive aerodynamics – a drag coefficient figure of just 0.25 cd makes it Rolls-Royce’s most aerodynamic car ever. This is despite huge 23-inch wheels – the first production two-door coupé to be equipped wheels of this size in almost one hundred years.

The battery is mounted underneath the floor, giving a smooth underfloor profile, which creates a low seating position and also enables the battery to provide almost 700kg of sound deadening. The Spectre’s aluminium sections and the integration of the battery into the structure of the car enable it to be 30% stiffer than any previous Rolls-Royce.

Having driven the Rolls-Royce 102EX electric prototype back in 2011, which felt very heavy when negotiating corners, it’s good to know that Rolls-Royce has developed a sophisticated new system for body control.

Featuring ‘Decentralised Intelligence’ high-speed processing capabilities, and using a suite of new hardware components, the ‘Planar’ suspension system can decouple the car’s anti-roll bars allowing each wheel to act independently, preventing the rocking motion that occurs when one side of a vehicle hits an undulation in the road. This also reduces high-frequency ride imperfections caused by shortcomings in road surface quality.

Once a corner is identified as imminent, the Planar system recouples the components and stiffens the dampers, the four-wheel steering system is then prepared for activation to ensure effortless entry and exit. Under cornering, 18 sensors are monitored, and steering, braking, power delivery and suspension parameters are adjusted so that the car remains stable. 

The Spectre features ‘SPIRIT’ digital architecture which manages the car’s functions, and which is integrated into the marque’s ‘Whispers’ application, allowing clients to interact with their car remotely and receive live information.

The Spectre is available with Starlight Doors, which incorporate 4,796 softly illuminated ‘stars’ – the first time these have been available on a series production Rolls-Royce. There are also over 5,500 stars clustered around the Spectre nameplate on the passenger side of the Spectre’s Illuminated Fascia.

The Rolls-Royce Spectre is available for commission immediately, with first client deliveries commencing in Q4 2023. The Spectre’s pricing will be positioned between the Cullinan (from £264,000) and Phantom (from £363,600).

Rolls-Royce has confirmed that by the end of 2030 its entire product portfolio will be fully-electric.