Rolls-Royce Spectre: The fully-electric super coupé
The popular British automaker Rolls-Royce Motor Cars recently announced their brand new Rolls-Royce Spectre, which is being hailed as the world's first ultra-luxury electric super coupé.
Spectre is almost 5453 mm long and 2080 mm wide, which is bigger than the new Wraith Coupé. However, that doesn't necessarily mean the Spectre Coupé is the replacement for the Wraith Coupé, for it doesn't have the big 6.6-litre v12 that the Wraith has.
Coming to the design, Rolls Royce said that they have taken inspiration from the Phantom Coupé for the Spectre, which is why they call it "a spiritual successor to the Phantom Coupé", a 2008 release of Rolls-Royce. The headlights do reminisce of the Phantom Coupé with the daytime running lights and projector lights. The huge grill makes the car stand out as it is the widest grill ever to fit in a Rolls-Royce - it also illuminates using 22 individual LEDs to add more dazzle to its design. The overall design of the Spectre is quite minimalistic and smooth, with hardly any hard edges or sharp body lines, added with a flat underbody.
Being an electric car, Rolls-Royce had to take drastic measures to make Spectre as aerodynamic as possible. Even the spirit of ecstasy was given a makeover to reduce drag - small details show how determined they were to make the car more aerodynamic. They were able to achieve a drag coefficient of 0.25 CD which is the best they ever achieved in a production car. The 23-inch wheels in the Spectre are the biggest wheels ever to be fitted in a Rolls-Royce as well. In the back, the minimalistic design continues - the tail lights consist of 2 led bars so that it goes with whichever colour the owner decides to paint in the future.
The interior of the Spectre is quite identical to that of the Rolls-Royce Ghost. For example, the air vents, buttons and touchscreen graphics on the displays can be changed by the company to match the interior if they are asked to do so. The screen on the dash has a custom design for the Spectre. Also, the infamous starlight headliner can now be extended to the doors for the first time in any Rolls-Royce and can be customised to show any constellation you want. The rear seats are the masterclass seats of the Spectre, wrapped with supple leather that adds a sense of comfort to the overall look.
The battery is located underneath which also makes the chassis more ridged, unlike many other cars. Moreover, the battery itself helps in sound deadening. Though Rolls-Royce is still working on the car and hasn't officially announced anything about the range yet, they said that the finished product should have around 320 miles/ 515 kilometres with all the latest tech - which is pretty decent.
The Spectre has an electric motor on each axle which gives it All-Wheel Drive, as well as All-Wheel Steering. With all the motors combined, it should produce about 585 horsepower and 900nm of torque - enough to make the car launch 0-60mph in about 4.5 seconds despite being 2,975 kg. That is very fast for a car that weighs that much.
Overall, the car seems to be almost 30% stiffer than any other Rolls-Royce ever produced, so stiff that they didn't give the wishbone dampers. However, the car does have anti-dampers and an anti-rolls system to help in tight corners. The All-Wheel Steering system should also come into play to make the driving experience much smoother.
The Rolls-Royce Spectre comes with an exclusive app which will require the car's VIN number to use. You can also make presets of your car's settings and share them with other people who own the Spectre as well.
According to Rolls-Royce, you can order the new Rolls-Royce Spectre for £300,000 and get it by December 2023.