The British brand has dubbed the Spectre as the “world’s first ultra-luxury electric super coupe”
After much anticipation, Rolls-Royce has finally revealed its very first electric vehicle in the form of the Spectre coupe.
Like all Rolls-Royce vehicles, the fully-electric Spectre is the height of excess in more ways than one, measuring at over 5.4-metres long, and weighing a touch under 3-tonnes.
Continuing this theme of big things are the 23-inch wheels that it comes on, and the fact that it gets the widest front grille ever fitted to a Rolls-Royce vehicle.
Taking its underpinnings from the original Phantom, the Spectre sits on Rolls-Royce’s Architecture of Luxury, which has since been updated to accommodate electric drivetrain technology.
Though exact details surrounding the battery haven’t been revealed, Rolls-Royce did state that it weighs 700kg. With the addition of the battery into the platform, the Spectre is 30 per cent stiffer than any previous Rolls-Royce vehicle.
This hefty battery powers a pair of electric motors that sit on each axle to create an all-wheel drive system. These work together to produce 430kW and 900Nm, which will send the Spectre to 100km/h in a claimed 4.5-seconds.
The Spectre is expected to possess a driving range of up to 520km from a single charge, and achieve an efficiency figure of 21kWh/100km.
Though Rolls-Royce hasn’t stated the size of the Spectre’s battery, some basic maths gets us to a usable figure of 111kWh. Considering that the BMW iX uses a 111kWh battery, there’s potential for the same unit to be used, but with more modules in the Spectre.
With a drag coefficient of 0.25, the Spectre is now the most aerodynamic Rolls-Royce of all time. This was somewhat helped by a re-designed Spirit of Ecstasy that reflects a more sporty vehicle.
To achieve the brand’s staple ‘magic carpet ride’ in the Spectre, Rolls-Royce uses a complex electronically-controlled suspension system that can decouple the car’s anti-roll bars on the fly. This allows for each wheel to act independently in a straight line, preventing rocking motions.
When a corner is detected, the system will re-engage the anti-roll bars and stiffen the suspension to prevent lateral roll. The four-wheel steering system works in conjunction to retain maximum stability.
On the inside, the Spectre keeps the traditional Rolls-Royce theme, but updates things with a semi-digital dash. The same star-lit roof is also there, but this now extends across the doors and the dash.
Rolls-Royce is yet to reveal pricing information for the Spectre, but has confirmed that deliveries are expected to start in the final quarter of 2023.
To give context of where this Spectre will be priced, the cheapest vehicle Rolls-Royce sells in Australia is the Cullinan at $635,000 before on-road costs. At the other end of the spectrum is the Phantom at $915,400. It’s likely that the Spectre will land something in the middle of this rather large gap.
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