Words: Calvin Chan
Published: October 18, 2022
It’s the dawn of a new era for Rolls-Royce. This is the Spectre, the marquee’s first all-electric vehicle and right off the bat, it’s got the specs to impress. An estimated EPA range of 418 km, 577 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, and a massive curb weight of 2,975 kg, making it one of the heaviest production vehicles on the road to date.
The Spectre is the spiritual successor to the Phantom Coupe and it borrows design cues like the split headlights but its slimmer shape gives it a sleeker and more modern appearance while also nodding to the brand’s DNA. Rolls-Royce says this is the widest Pantheon grill they have ever fitted onto a vehicle as well. The fastback styling draws inspiration from Wraith as well which we drove a few years ago, and we think the rear looks absolutely mega in the photograph’s two-tone spec.
The interior follows a similar theme to the current-generation Ghost and is an exercise in familiarity. But in addition to the Starlight Headliner, Rolls-Royce has introduced new Starlight Doors, which add even more individual lights, 4,796 of them to be precise, into the door panel inserts to mimic illuminated stars. Of course, bespoke options are always available from the British brand, and customers will be able to customize the ‘star’ arrangements to suit their fancy.
We’ve always believed Rolls-Royces to be the perfect platform for electrification. Cutting out the noisy attributes of a combustion engine adds to the brand’s focus on quietness, luxury, and comfort. The only issue before was having a platform that could integrate the batteries, as well as manage the notable weight that it adds. The Spectre rides on the same platform that now underpins the new Ghost and Cullinan, and in addition to standard 23-inch wheels, will use the same high-tech planar suspension to ensure what Rolls-Royce calls their Magic Carpet Ride. Rolls-Royce promises more details about the Spectre’s engineering when it finalizes its production spec.
With the debut of the Spectre, we’re expecting the rest of the Rolls-Royce lineup to become electrified in the coming years. By 2024, they want 20% of their cars to be fully electric, 70% by 2028, and 100% by 2030. No word on pricing just yet but Rolls-Royce says it will slot in between the Cullinan and Phantom. Expect the first customer cars to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2023.