Harry Leahey

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Rolls-Royce’s all-electric super coupe, dubbed the Spectre, has begun hot weather testing in South Africa, where temperatures can exceed 50°C.

It is the latest round of a rigorous testing program, which according to Roll-Royce, has covered almost 1.2 million miles (2 million kilometres) so far. 

Throughout the Spectre’s testing, each of the EV’s 25,000 separate performance-related functions are claimed to have been meticulously tailored to deliver a “quintessentially Rolls-Royce experience”. 

Roll-Royce say the refinements follow the principles of “marginal gains”, in which individual, small adjustments cumulatively produce a significant overall improvement.

Up to 1,500 hours are said to have been dedicated to finessing the car’s regenerative braking and anti-roll stabilization, which the company states reflects the car’s “dynamic design, while delivering on the marque’s hallmark “Magic Carpet Ride” qualities”.

Hailing the brand’s testing program, Rolls-Royce CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös said: “Spectre has already secured its place as the most anticipated Rolls-Royce in history. 

“This remarkable and transformative motor car represents the beginning of the marque’s bold electric era, as well as our unquestionable technological leadership of the super-luxury space. 

“Equally, this vast, ambitious and demanding testing process symbolises our promise to ensure Spectre is undoubtedly a Rolls-Royce first.

After the hot weather testing, Spectre will be cycled through the “final four seasons” of conditions to ratify results. 

Rolls-Royce claims the testing program for its latest Spectre model is the company’s most stringent, and that its goal is to ensure it meets the “inimitable standards required to deliver an elevated expression of the Rolls-Royce experience”.

As Rolls Royce begins to phase out its signature V12 engine, the Spectre is the beginning of Rolls Royce’s plans to sell only pure electric cars by 2030.

It is powered by a 120kWh battery which supports charging speeds of up to 195kW, while its range of 332 miles is expected when the car completes its final round of testing, sometime during quarter two of this year. 

Total power output meanwhile is 577bhp and 900 Nm of torque, meaning a 0-62mph sprint takes 4.5 seconds, before reaching its top speed of 155mph. 

The car is priced from £275,000, with deliveries planned to commence from the fourth quarter onwards in 2023. 

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Harry Leahey 09/02/23