Rolls-Royce recently shared the completion of a rigorous testing program for their all-electric vehicle, the Spectre. Over the course of the program, which commenced in 2021, the Spectre covered an impressive distance of 2.5 million kilometers (equivalent to 1.5 million miles). This extensive testing simulated more than 400 years of typical usage for the vehicle.
Ahead of first deliveries of the Rolls-Royce Spectre in the autumn, here are 9 things to know about the British luxury marque’s genre-defining all-electric super Coupé.
Here are 9 key details to know about the Rolls-Royce Spectre, the British brand’s inaugural all-electric car:
1) All-electric drivetrain
The Rolls-Royce Spectre is equipped with a dual powertrain system comprising two Separately Excited Synchronous Motors (SSMs). The front electric motor generates 190 kW (258 hp) and 365 Nm of torque, while the rear motor delivers an impressive 360 kW (489 hp) and 710 Nm of torque. This configuration ensures robust power delivery and exceptional performance capabilities for the Spectre.
The Spectre’s all-electric drivetrain offers performance equivalent to a 430 kW (584 hp) internal combustion engine, delivering 900 Nm of torque. This impressive power enables the Spectre to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds). The electric powertrain provides exhilarating acceleration and a thrilling driving experience, showcasing the Spectre’s impressive performance capabilities.
The Rolls-Royce Spectre is equipped with a 102 kWh lithium-ion battery, constructed using cobalt and lithium. With a full charge, this battery allows the 2.9-tonne all-electric two-door, four-seat Coupé to achieve a range of 530 kilometers (329 miles). The Spectre’s impressive range ensures that drivers can enjoy extensive journeys without the need for frequent recharging, providing convenience and peace of mind.
4) Charging time
Utilizing a 195 kW (DC) fast charger, the Rolls-Royce Spectre achieves a charging time of 34 minutes to go from 10% to 80% battery capacity. Additionally, this fast charging system is capable of providing enough charge for approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) of driving range in just around nine minutes. The Spectre’s fast charging capabilities offer convenience and reduce downtime, allowing for efficient and quick recharging during longer journeys.
The Rolls-Royce Spectre features remarkable laser-welded pillarless coach doors, which are made entirely from aluminum and measure nearly 1.5 meters in length. These doors are the largest ever installed on a Rolls-Royce vehicle. Notably, the Spectre Coupe includes a distinctive and exclusive feature: the driver’s door automatically closes when the brake pedal is pressed. This unique functionality adds convenience and enhances the luxury experience of the Spectre Coupe.
The Rolls-Royce Spectre showcases the widest Pantheon grille ever seen on a Rolls-Royce vehicle. This striking grille, when softly illuminated by 22 LEDs, creates an elegant and subtle three-dimensional signature at night. The polished stainless-steel vanes of the grille add to the Spectre’s luxurious aesthetics, making a captivating statement both during the day and at night.
7) Starlight Doors
One of the standout features of the Rolls-Royce Spectre is its Starlight Doors, which introduce a series production first for Rolls-Royce with 4,796 softly illuminated ‘stars’. This mesmerizing lighting effect adds a touch of celestial elegance to the interior ambiance. Alternatively, customers have the option to select Canadel paneling as a backdrop, crafted by hand from a selection of exquisite wood materials. This customization choice allows for a personalized and luxurious interior finish in the Spectre.
8) It is expensive
The all-electric Rolls-Royce Spectre Coupe, including ultra-premium options, starts at a base price of £330,000 ($420,000). This makes it approximately £100,000 more expensive than the Cadillac Celestiq. However, by adding additional specifications and customizations, the price of the Spectre can reach up to £450,000 ($572,000). The Spectre offers a top-tier luxury experience, and the pricing reflects the exclusivity and craftsmanship associated with the Rolls-Royce brand.
The Rolls-Royce Spectre is set to enter the market as a competitor to the Cadillac Celestiq EV, which is priced around $300,000. However, its most direct competitor will be an upcoming all-electric car from Bentley, slated for release in 2025. The introduction of Bentley’s electric vehicle will intensify the competition in the luxury electric car segment, providing customers with more options and driving the advancement of electric mobility in the high-end automotive market.