The ultra-luxury brand, Roll-Royce has begun its transition to electric cars, and its first entry into this new era, the Spectre, is nothing short of flawless.
Spectre was first announced in 2021, and was set to demonstrate how seamlessly Rolls-Royce can transition from petrol cars to all-out electric vehicles, a goal they aim to achieve by 2030. According to Top Gear, CS Rolls said in 1900, “The electric car is perfectly noiseless and clean. There is no smell or vibration.” Over 120 years later, Rolls-Royce has achieved just that with the Spectre, which will land with its first customers in a year.
Top Gear spoke to Rolls-Royce CEO, Torsten Muller-Otvos, about the vehicle, where he claimed, “The customers always said: it has to be a Rolls-Royce first, electric second.” Spectre has certainly not failed in being a Rolls-Royce first, labelled as a “super coupe,” it weighs over 3 tonnes with occupants, and features 23-inch wheels and a giant front grille–Rolls-Royce’s largest yet.
Inspired by its “spiritual successor,” the Phantom Coupe, Spectre maintains its iconography in a sleek, contemporary design. “Spectre is perfectly in tune with the sensibilities of our time,” Muller-Otvos said, “It states the direction for the future of our marque and perfectly answers a call from the most discerning individuals in the world to elevate the eclectic motor car experience.”
A statement from the brand read, “Spectre possesses all the qualities that have secured the Rolls-Royce legend. Spectre’s all-electric powertrain will assure the marque’s sustained success and relevance while dramatically increasing the definition of each characteristic that makes a Rolls-Royce a Rolls-Royce.”
Spectre is anticipated to be one of the most silent vehicles on the road, however, acceleration, power and range figures have yet to be finalised. Preliminary data released by Rolls-Royce has suggested figures such as 430kW of power and 900Nm of torque, though this is unconfirmed. It is anticipated to achieve 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds.
Spectre is available for commission immediately, and reportedly costs $800,000.
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