for its first electric car, Rolls-Royce hits hard

The British luxury company Rolls-Royce presents its first electric model: the Spectre. If the whole is still as prestigious, the powertrain leaves us a little more thoughtful.

In the very elitist universe of prestige manufacturers, few have taken the step to the 100% electric car. In reality, Rolls-Royce is the first. Bentley has only presented a concept car, which should lead to a production car in 2025, while other manufacturers whose orientation is as luxurious as it is sporty, such as Aston Martin for example, are struggling to launch their first hybrid model.

The flashiest electric car?

Rolls-Royce is therefore presenting its first 100% electric production model, and as you can see from the available images, the style matches the brand.

Some will no doubt notice a slight family resemblance to the new BMW i7, and this is normal as Rolls-Royce has been under the control of the BMW Group since 1998, and the two models share some elements in common, although Rolls-Royce refuses to name that.

The Specter does not break with the spirit of the brand, although its grille is wider than ever and now illuminated by 22 LEDs. At the end of the hood is an aerodynamically optimized Spirit of Ecstasy, although we’re not sure it changes much.

That said, the Specter is the most aerodynamic model in the brand’s history a Cd of 0.25. The car is 5.45 meters long, 2.08 meters wide and 1.56 meters high. Its wheelbase is 3.21 meters.

Disappointing autonomy

If there’s one thing that won’t change compared to a thermal model at Rolls-Royce, it’s the noise. Models powered by powerful V12s used to be quiet, and that feeling will be the same in the Spectre, with the absence of an internal combustion engine.

Instead, we find an electric motor which develops the trifle of 430 kWh, or approximately 585 hp. 0 to 100 km/h is announced in 4.5 seconds. The truck couple 900 Nm surely won’t be too much to move the pachydermic mass of the machine.

A thermal Rolls-Royce is actually not necessarily light, but this electric version breaks all records almost three tons on the scale (2,975 kg empty to be exact), especially thanks to the battery pack, which alone weighs 700 kilos.

The brand has not announced the battery capacity, but it should probably be high. Nevertheless, a quick calculation allows us to imagine a capacity of around 100 kWh.

In fact, Rolls-Royce communicates on an autonomy of 520 km under the EPA cycle, with an advertised combined consumption (pending approval) of 21.5 kWh/100 km. On the other hand, according to the EPA cycle, more serious than WLTP because it is closer to reality, the range drops to 418 km. In any case, these data are quite disappointing for a car with such a battery. A Mercedes EQS, for example, has more than 700 km, depending on the version, with a 107.8 kWh battery.

But with three tonnes on the scale for Rolls, don’t expect miracles. The maximum charging power is announced at 195 kW. The Specter is based on the “Architecture of Luxury” aluminum platform, a platform that is not new since it was inaugurated in 2003. The battery is partially integrated into the structure itself, which allows a stiffening of 30%.

A stratospheric price

This ultra-luxury electric coupe, which replaces the aging Phantom Coupé, impresses with its interior. Like the external appearance, the interior changes little compared to thermal rolls. The Specter is naturally more technological, with notably the arrival of a digital instrumentation system. However, some physical controls are retained to avoid switching to all-touch.

The Rolls-Royce Specter should hit the market in the fourth quarter of 2023 and the price should start around 340,000 euros, as the brand announces a price of “between a Cullinan and a phantom”. With a few options, the price should easily exceed 500,000 euros.

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