- The Wraith successor goes all electric.
- 520 km driving range
- 430kW power, 900Nm torque, 200kW charging
Another day, another high-end luxury electric vehicle. It’s where margins are biggest and costs are most easily absorbed – and for now, it’s where many brands are focusing their electrification efforts.
Of course, in the case of Rolls Royce Spectre Revealed today, it was hardly a fit for an ‘affordable family EV’. Instead, what we’ve got here is a huge coupe with “indulgent proportions” and a design that clearly marks the Specter as the successor to the V12-powered Wraith coupe.
Both cars have a long tapering roofline with large retro-styled C-pillars, along with almost undersized (again retro) taillamps and rear ‘suicide doors’ – or as Rolls likes to say. There are, coach doors.
The Specter also boasts a wide “Rolls-Royce” grille, which appears to be flanked by slim daytime running lamps above blacked-out driving lights.
It’s the first all-electric Rolls-Royce, debuting as the first model in an upcoming lineup that will see the BMW-owned British marque drop all combustion engine models by 2030.
Beyond the Spectre, we can expect battery-powered variants for the Ghost and Phantom, as well as an electric Dawn. The next Cullinan SUV will also need to be all-electric.
Rolls-Royce Spectre: The Basics
|Number of doors / seats||2 doors / 4 seats.|
|Vehicle length||5453 mm / 214.685 inches|
|Vehicle width||2080 mm / 81.889 inches|
|Vehicle height (unladen)||1559 mm / 61.377 inches|
|Wheel base||3210 mm / 126.378 inches|
|Turning circle||12.7 meters|
|Heavy obstacle||2975 kg|
|Use of force:||2.9 mi/kWh / 21.5 kWh/100km*|
|Electric range:||323 miles / 520 km*|
|*Preliminary data not yet verified, subject to change.|
Power and acceleration
Rolls-Royce says it is still “refining” the final figures for the Spectre, but for now it claims an output of 430kW and 900Nm with a 0-100km/h time of 4.5 seconds. .
At least in its launch form, The 2024 Rolls-Royce Specter will boast a driving range of 520 km – by far the most on the market, but this massive 2975kg coupe has very direct competitors.
together with a claim Estimated efficiency rating of 21.5kWh/100km WLTPThe Rolls-Royce Specter is likely packing one. Battery capacity of around 100-110kWh. The architecture of the battery is unknown, although a 400V The design is likely – as with the possibly related BMW i7 and its 102kWh battery pack.
In its top xDrive60 form, the i7 lists 447kW and 1000Nm, with a 0-100km/h time of 4.7 seconds and Maximum charging speed of 200kW (beat the Polestar 3’s 250kW at 400V). The new i7 rides on a 3215mm wheelbase and weighs around 2650kg.
The Specter is underpinned by a new in-house aluminum spaceframe, reinforced with steel sections and adorned in the largest aluminum panels yet produced by the marque.
The new bespoke platform also makes the Specter the stiffest Rolls-Royce to date – 30 per cent stiffer than existing Rolls-Royce cars.
With its EV powertrain, the new architecture allowed designers to create the most aerodynamic shape possible, giving a drag coefficient of just 0.25, unprecedented for the marque and still rare for many brands. Is.
To that end, Rolls-Royce says the new Specter is the most connected and intelligent Rolls-Royce ever, boasting 141,200 ‘sender and receiver relationships’ – almost three more than a typical combustion Rolls-Royce. times more
Faster computing power allows Spectre’s various systems to quickly respond to multiple factors, including weather, driver information, vehicle status and road conditions. Of course, as buyers would expect, this has allowed engineers to perfect the brand’s signature ‘magic carpet ride’.
The Specter also uses Active Roll Stabilization, which can be dynamically stiffened, loosened, or even fully adjustable depending on road and driving conditions to provide ultimate body control in any situation. Can de-joule the bars.
The Flagbearer system monitors all vehicle dynamic systems, including adaptive damping and four-wheel steering, in conjunction with satellite navigation, to best predict the road ahead.
When will the Rolls-Royce Specter arrive in Australia?
Rolls-Royce has confirmed that the all-electric Specter will be Australia-bound when it launches in late 2023.
Speaking at a press conference for the launch of the new black badge Ghost in January, local sales boss Ian Grant said there has been a lot of interest in the brand’s upcoming EV, and the company has already started taking deposits.
“Customers are putting down money, people who haven’t owned a Rolls Royce before (and who have owned a couple in the past).
“There is no better brand in the world to go electric. The quietness you get from Rolls-Royce is perfect for that. Our customers have told us they want the driving dynamics of an EV – Instant power, very fast. 0-100 times.”
On why the luxury carmaker initially decided to go all-electric with the Specter instead of introducing a hybrid vehicle, Grant added that it would have been a “half-step” and “not very Rolls-Royce”. .
Australia is expected to be a key market for Spectre, although interest is also understood to be strong in other parts of the region, such as Thailand.
Rolls-Royce Specter Pricing
We expect the Rolls-Royce Specter to be priced between the Cullinan SUV (starting at $692,150) and the flagship Phantom (starting at $915,400).