Luxury automaker Rolls-Royce unveils its first fully electric model, the Spectre. Positioned as the spiritual successor to the Phantom Coupe, the Spectre possesses 577 horsepower, enabling it to reach more than 500 kilometers on a full charge.
Rolls-Royce Spectre | A Prophecy Fulfilled
The latest addition to the Rolls-Royce range is said to have started from co-founder Charles Royce, who predicted in 1900 that electric mobility would be a clean and noiseless alternative to internal combustion. More than 120 years later, that prophecy has come to fruition.
“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,” said Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chief Executive Officer Torsten Müller-Ötvös.
“This is 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.”
The generous proportions that Rolls-Royce has been known for are very much evident on the Spectre, standing 5,453mm long, 2,080mm wide, and 1,559mm high on a 3,210mm wheelbase.
Rolls-Royce fitted the widest Pantheon grille ever on the Spectre
Split LED headlamps on the front fascia flank an illuminated Pantheon grille, the widest ever fitted on a Rolls-Royce model. The polished stainless steel intake with smoother and flusher-fitting vanes is complemented by an aero-optimized version of the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament, resulting in an unprecedented drag coefficient of 0.25 Cd.
The Spectre exudes more than ample presence with a vertical bowline leading to its monumental haunches, with the clean profile in between accented by a sharp crease accompanying the trademark Rolls-Royce waft line.
The Spectre has an incredible drag coefficient of 0.25 Cd, the lowest of any Rolls-Royce model so far
A fastback silhouette smoothly carries the roof towards the tail end, where LED tail lamps are set against the largest single body panel ever produced by the marque. The lights themselves are colorless, allowing customers to choose their own colorways as part of the commissioning process. A set of 23-inch alloy wheels completes the look, the first time in almost a century that these have been fitted to a Rolls-Royce production coupe.
Another first that the Spectre brings are Starlight Doors, extending from the starlit ceiling and featuring 4,796 individual lights that simulate stars against the night sky. A backdrop of wood Canadel Panelling can also be commissioned.
Starlight Doors appear for the first time on the Spectre
Clients get a dizzying array of options in customizing the Spectre’s interior, with redesigned front seats inspired by British tailoring offering custom stitching, embroidery, and piping. Up to four occupants settle down in the cabin surrounded by indulgence, complete with the Rolls-Royce emblem on the headrests.
Tech & Safety
Fully digital Bespoke Instrument Dials debut on the Spectre, with selectable color options upon commission. The hands reflect the motif on the doors and ceiling with a trail of stars following their movement. Yet another extension of the starlight motif is in the Illuminated Fascia on the dashboard passenger side, featuring over 5,000 stars surrounding the Spectre nameplate.
Rolls-Royce says the Spectre is its most connected model yet
Rolls-Royce says that the Spectre is its most connected model in history, with 141,200 sender-receiver functions and over 25,000 subfunctions over seven kilometers of cabling.
A Decentralized Intelligence system allows information between over 1,000 vehicle functions to be exchanged, governing various parameters such as temperature adjustments and charging station location services. These are made possible through a redesigned digital architecture of luxury named Spirit, with interactions between car and occupants made through the Whispers application and Eleanor digital assistant.
Moving the Spectre’s new all-aluminum spaceframe are two electric motors, one on each axle, generating 577 horsepower and 900 Nm of torque. Matched with all-wheel-drive capability, the Spectre can launch from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.5 seconds.
The Spectre packs 577 horsepower through two electric motors and an all-wheel drivetrain
The hallmark Rolls-Royce magic carpet ride is made possible on the Spectre through a planar suspension, combining both hardware and software elements along with high-speed information processing capabilities. Anti-roll bars on the Spectre can be disengaged, allowing each wheel to act independently.
When approaching a corner, the car engages the anti-roll bars and stiffens the dampers while preparing the four-wheel steering system. Feedback from 18 sensors including steering, braking, and power delivery is monitored when making the turn, with Spectre adjusting accordingly.
The 2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre is projected to cost north of $400,000 (over Php 23.5 million), and the model has not even been finalized yet. Rolls-Royce says that the Spectre still has months of testing and refinements ahead, totaling over 2.5 million kilometers or more than 400 years of simulated use. The model is scheduled to have its official market launch by the fourth quarter of 2023.
The 2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre will be formally launched in late 2023
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Know more about Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce started as an electrical and mechanical company established by Henry Royce in 1884. He created his first motor vehicle in 1904, the Royce 10. In the same year, Royce met Charles Rolls who owned a company that sold high quality automobiles in London. The two came to an agreement that Royce Limited would manufacture vehicles to be exclusively marketed by CS Rolls & Co. Thus, Rolls-Royce was born.
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