It is golden. It is not modest. It’s electric. And it’s groundbreaking – it’s the first such model in the British luxury brand’s stable and, in the opinion of many, the most important in the last few decades, because it proves that luxury can also be green. Or at least it can try. Meet the Rolls-Royce Spectre, the youngest child of luxury, which was unveiled without camouflage a few days ago.
Engine? Electric, of course!
Up until now, Rolls-Royce has presented us with fully-fuelled models, with large and powerful units. The new model proves that even one of the world’s most traditional brands needs to move with the times. Spectre is an all-electric car, the first in the brand’s history, but certainly not the last – the manufacturer’s declaration shows that all new models will be electric by 2023.
At this point, we do not know the final performance of this powertrain, although Rolls-Royce has revealed that, positioned between the Cullinan and Phantom, Spectre will have an output of around 585 hp and a maximum torque of 900 Nm. As a result, the car, which weighs close to three tonnes, will catch the “hundredth” on the meter after just 4.5 seconds. The range is expected to be up to 520 km. Not bad!
As is usual in luxury British cars, the Spectre is saturated with electrics and features. There are said to be around 1,000 different functions and sub-functions for the driver and passenger.
An aerodynamics spectre
The Spectre had to be as streamlined as possible to maximise the range. Spectre is the most aerodynamic of all the Spirit of Ecstasy cars to date: its drag coefficient is 0.25 Cd. And while we are on the subject of the Spirit of Ecstasy, it is worth mentioning in this context that the designers spent… 830 hours redesigning the symbol so that it resists air even less.
It also seems that the Spectre will be the quietest of all Rolls-Royce cars to date. Perfectly hushed and, what’s more, electric, the Spectre will appear on the street like a ghost – the name obliges. The Planar system will be responsible for a smooth ride, which scans the road ahead and automatically adjusts the suspension parameters.
Inside, Roll-Royce as usual offers the best materials – leather, wood and… stars. More specifically, the LEDs you will find on the headliner, in the doors (Starlight Doors for the first time – an additional option) and in the dashboard. The doors, as usual, open into the wind.
The body of the car is a two-door coupé that features huge 23-inch wheels, a massive front end and a wide grill illuminated by 22 LEDs. The car is nearly 5.5 m long, more than 2 m wide and almost 1.6 m high.
The exact price of the model is unknown and will not be revealed until late 2023. Given Spectre’s position, its price should be plus or minus 2 million zlotys.