Rolls-Royce Specter: National World

The luxury brand is beginning the transition to an all-electric line with a four-seat coupe offering 320 miles of range

The all-electric Rolls-Royce Specter has been revealed for the first time, with the brand’s first electric model marking a “bold new chapter” for the luxury brand as it heads toward an all-electric production line by 2030.

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said the arrival of the brand’s first electric car marked the fulfillment of a promise he had made to customers as well as fulfilling a prophecy from founder Charles Royce, who predicted in 1900 that electric propulsion was the company’s future. the cars.

Based on the same all-aluminum platform as the current Ghost, Phantom and Cullinan plus custom Coachbuilt cars, the Specter is a large two-door, four-seater touring vehicle that is reimagined as a soulful successor to the Phantom Coupe and fills the left-hand void by the now discontinued Dawn and Wraith models. irst announced in September 2021, the model is now undergoing final testing before customer deliveries begin in late 2023. No specific pricing has been announced but the Specter will fit between the Cullinan and the Phantom, so prices are likely to start in the region of 300 £1,000 and go as high as your bank balance will allow.

design

Inside and out, there is no doubt that the Specter is a Rolls-Royce. rom what its designers describe as “forgiving proportions” to the rear doors and luxurious materials for the interior, the Specter is “Rolls-Royce first and electric car second,” according to Muller-Ötvös.

Measuring 5.45 meters long and 2.08 meters wide, the two-door Specter is partially smaller than the four-door Ghost and features four convenient seats that are accessible via the rear-hinged bus doors. To help get the most out of an electric powertrain, the Specter is the most aerodynamic Rolls-Royce ever. Body panels are sculpted to aid air passage over the vehicle, and the iconic Euphoria spirit has been redesigned to aid airflow.

The subtly lit grille is the widest ever installed in any Rolls-Royce but is mounted at a more “relaxed” angle with smoother rotors to aid airflow. Both sides of the grille are thin split headlights like those on the Phantom Coupe, with darkened lower clusters. The body and door panels fold in the lower section to create an impression of movement and the fastback roof retracts downward to meet the raised “unloading line” of the lower body. The Specter can be customized with 23-inch wheels – the largest ever in a Rolls-Royce.

Inside, the Specter appears to share many basic controls with Ghost and Cullinan, but features a custom backlit interface with more than 5,500 fiber-optic lights. They also offer Starlight doors that feature 5876 softly lit “stars” to accompany the now famous starlight lining. As with any Rolls-Royce, the key to the interior is the nearly endless range for owners to customize and personalize materials and colors, right down to the backlight color of the digital instrument dials.

Payment system and performance

In the past, Rolls-Royce has said that while electric propulsion has been well suited to its pursuit of improvement, the switch will only take place once the technology is mature enough to offer the full Rolls-Royce experience. She clearly believes she has reached that point.

The Specter’s electric drive system uses components from parent company BMW but has been re-engineered specifically for Rolls-Royce to deliver the improvements and performance customers expect. With 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, the Specter will reach 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds—about the same as the Ghost Black Badge. A massive 102 kWh battery will provide about 320 miles of range, and Rolls-Royce says the Specter should achieve an efficiency of about 2.9 miles per kWh. Not bad for a nearly three-ton vehicle.

Like other models based on “luxury engineering,” the Specter features four-wheel steering and adaptive air suspension that match Rolls-Royce’s clever flat mechanical arrangement for the ultimate “magic carpet.” To complement these mechanical capabilities, the Specter uses a new, decentralized electronic “brain”, which controls each component individually to improve the vehicle’s response and ride. The 700kg batteries add a lot to the vehicle’s weight but also provide a 30% increase in structural rigidity as well as enhanced sound insulation.

“The Specter has all the qualities that have ensured the legend of Rolls-Royce,” said Muller Ötvös. Conceived from the start as our first all-electric model, this stunning vehicle is silent, powerful and demonstrates Rolls-Royce’s electrification suitability. Specter’s all-electric powertrain will ensure the continued success and relevance of the brand while further defining each characteristic that makes Rolls-Royce a Rolls-Royce in a big way.”