Rolls-Royce has officially started its progress to electric vehicles. The luxury British maker has divulged its originally ground-up EV, the Spectre coupe. The “spiritual successor” to the Phantom seems to be its stately gas-powered counterparts (aside from a low 0.25 drag coefficient), yet vows to be much calmer and smoother on account of its powerplant. The brand is as yet finalizing specifications. Notwithstanding, it expects the all-wheel drive machine to make a 0-60MPH dash in 4.4 seconds and accomplish an EPA range of 260 miles. Those aren’t exceptional figures, yet the accentuation here is on a pampered ride, not absolute performance.
That decision is reflected in the interior. The design incorporates the now-obligatory instrument and infotainment displays, in addition to a digital fascia for the traveler. With regards to Rolls-Royce’s bespoke design philosophy, you could in fact have the organization customize the color of the on-screen dials. An “Eleanor” colleague can deal with in-vehicle tasks, and a Whispers app can both send curated location suggestions (like restaurants) as well as remotely control basic car functions like the locks and heating.
This isn’t simply a reworked version of the organization’s current designs, either. The Spectre uses a new aluminum platform (the “Architecture of Luxury”) tuned for EVs, and brags “starlight” doors with 4,796 points of light. It’s exceptionally enormous for a coupe at 16ft long and 6.6ft wide, and, surprisingly, required the organization’s initial 23-inch wheels in over a century. This is for comfortable soirées and trips to the golf club, not full scale impacts down back roads.
The Spectre is accessible to order now, with first deliveries expected in the final quarter of 2023. Pricing begins at $413,500 in the US, yet that is before the customization process — hope to pay extensively more to get the design just thus, directly down to the colors of the signature in-door umbrella. Significantly more so than rival ultra-luxury EVs like the Cadillac Celestiq and expected Mercedes-Maybach EQS, this is focused on clients who will spend anything that it takes to get their dream car.