Rolls-Royce Spectre, First Electric Rolls, Will Be Out in Late 2023
Rolls-Royce has long seemed to be a brand waiting for electrification, something the company has been dropping increasingly broad hints about for more than a decade. It showed an EV concept based on the previous-generation Phantom—named the 102EX—at the Geneva auto show in 2011, and a much more radical, spat-wearing 103EX five years later. More recently, it said its entire portfolio will be fully electric by 2030.
Now the company has released some more details about what will become the first fully electric Rolls-Royce production car. The Spectre will be on sale by the end of 2023, and although Rolls-Royce has only released these few images of a slogan-strewn prototype, this makes clear that the car in question is a coupe with what appears to be rear-hinged doors. The company says that road driving of prototype versions is about to begin, which will cover 1.5 million miles of testing around the world before the launch.
Other details are lacking. We know that the Spectre will sit on the modular Architecture of Luxury aluminum platform that underpins the Phantom, Cullinan, and Ghost. No details have been released about the future car’s powertrain, but Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös has previously confirmed to us that any electric Rolls would need to offer at least the same level as performance as that provided by the company’s existing V-12–powered models. These are famed for their refinement and wafty manners but are impressively potent when unleashed; the company claims a 4.3-second zero-to-60-mph time for the current Ghost. So we should consider that a baseline.
The 102EX used a 71.0-kWh battery pack and a pair of electric motors that delivered a combined 389 horsepower to the rear axle, but we can safely expect the production Spectre to be considerably more potent, and also to substantially better the modest 124 miles of range that was claimed for that concept.