Rolls-Royce Motorcars, the British luxury automaker, will officially be all-electric by 2030. Yahoo Finance reported that the automaker finally unveiled its much-anticipated luxury electric vehicle, the all-electric Spectre coupe.
The Spectre is the first 100% electric vehicle from Rolls-Royce showcased at the company’s event in Goodwood, England.
“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,” Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO, said in a statement.
“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.”
The Spectre has finally been unveiled in all its splendor after being teased earlier this year with camouflaged trim. Even while it has the same couple-like form as the previous Wraith, it has been improved to look a little sportier. Interestingly, it has a sloping back roofline that flows into the three-quarter rear panel.
CNET reported that the automaker views the Spectre as the “spiritual successor” of the Phantom Coupe of the 2000s. Its overall length of 214.6 inches and wheelbase of 126.3 inches are 7.2 and 3.8 inches longer than that of a Wraith. On the other hand, the Phantom Drophead is 6.2 and 4.4 inches longer than the Spectre in each of these dimensions.
Furthermore, the Spectre is reportedly based on the same modular Architecture of the Luxury platform that has supported every model since 2017—from the Cullinan, Ghost, Phantom, and the coachbuilt Boat Tail. Remarkably, the structure itself incorporates the battery.
“It needs to be a Rolls-Royce first,” CEO Muller-Otvos said. “That means stability, brilliant quality, timeless materials, flight-on-land, silent propulsion. It carries all these genes Rolls-Royce is famous for.”
The car’s floor is located between the sills rather than on top or below, making the Spectre 30% stiffer than any Rolls-Royce models before.
New, ultra-slim front headlights and a larger lower intake are on the front end. Meanwhile, the famous waterfall grill is still there. There will also be 900 Nm (664 ft-lb) of torque and 430 kW of power available from the all-electric drivetrain. According to Rolls, this power will enable the over 6,000 lb Spectre to reach 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.
The automaker also claims that the Spectre will have an all-electric range of 320 miles (520 kilometers) when measured using the WLTP technique, which is utilized in Europe.
According to the report, the inside will feature the brand’s high-quality leather, wood veneers, and lambswool carpeting. However, the Spectre and non-EV Rolls-Royce still have a few minor differences.
For instance, “the new digital dashboard that shows electric range to the right, and the familiar ‘power reserve’ gauge to the left that includes a ‘charge’ indication that likely displays re-gen status.”
The Spectre is approaching its final development phase, which is anticipated to complete in Q2 of 2023. Rolls added that the final power, acceleration, and range metrics are still being “refined.”
“Spectre is the most perfect product that Rolls Royce has ever produced,” CEO Muller-Otvos said.
CNBC reported that Rolls-Royce has already received deposits from more than 300 American consumers for the Spectre prior to its official debut on Tuesday.
CEO Muller-Otvos told CNBC, “Once they have seen it here, they are delighted,” he said. “The order book looks strong.”
First client deliveries are scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2023. Spectre is available for “commission” or custom orders from dealers. According to Rolls, the Spectre’s starting price will fall between the opulent $350,000 and $465,000 range of the Cullinan SUV and Phantom sedan.
Nonetheless, Rolls-Royce understands that electric vehicles are the future of the luxury automobile. By 2030, every vehicle it sells will be entirely electric.