Harry Leahey

Reading time:

Rolls-Royce has officially unveiled its first all-electric production car, marking the beginning of a new EV era for the Goodwood-based luxury brand. 

The Rolls-Royce Spectre promises to deliver, if not surpass, the refinement and performance of the combustion engined Phantom Coupé, of which it’s being hailed as its “spiritual successor”. 

It’s powered by a 120kWh battery which supports charging speeds of up to 195kW, while total power output is 577bhp and 664lb ft - enough to launch the car from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds. 

It is also claimed to deliver an expected range of 332 miles when the car completes its final round of testing, due to conclude sometime during quarter two of next year.  

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said: 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.

“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 comes as Rolls Royce begins to phase out its signature V12 engine, ahead of plans to sell only pure electric cars by 2030.

It is based on Rolls Royce’s own aluminium Architecture of Luxury platform, which will separate the firm’s all-new EVs from those from its parent company, BMW. 

The design of the Spectre features an expansive chrome grill, said to be the widest the firm has ever made, as well as rear-hinged doors and slick LED headlines. 

With a focus on aerodynamic efficiency, the Spectre has a claimed drag coefficient of 0.25 Cd, matching the Model X SUV from Tesla. 

The brand’s iconic mascot - the Spirit of Ecstasy, has also undergone subtle changes to help minimise its impact on airflow during wind tunnel testing. 

As to be expected, the Spectre’s interior suite “offers clients near-infinite Bespoke possibilities” - a plethora of options which has become synonymous with every new Rolls-Royce model.  

For example, in addition to Rolls-Royce’s unique starlight headliner, the Spectre can also be specced with doors which incorporates up to 4,796 softly illuminated ‘stars’ resembling the mystique of a night sky - a first for any new Rolls-Royce. 

The car’s name can also be found on the dashboard, which is surrounded by a cluster of more than 5,500 stars which appear when the car is stationary - a feature which the company says took its engineers over 10,000 hours to develop.

The digital screen also runs Rolls-Royce’s latest generation Spirit infotainment system, which is accompanied by a newly developed Whispers app that enables owners to use various functions remotely from their smartphone, as well as get live journey and vehicle data. 

It is based on BMW’s iDrive system, but has been customised with a bespoke Rolls-Royce skin that appears on top. 

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

Loading Conversation

Related Content

Join the Karfu wait list

Be the first to find out when our comparison service goes live.
Harry Leahey 29/12/22