Rolls-Royce has made it abundantly clear that a fully coach-built electric vehicle has always been the vision of co-founder, The Hon. Scrolls by Charles Stewart. Indeed, in 1900 Rolls stated that “the electric car is perfectly quiet and clean. There is no smell or vibration. They should become very useful when fixed charging stations can be organized. “Over 120 years later, Rolls-Royce fulfilled Rolls’ prophecy of an electrified car. Specter replaced a gas engine with a clean and quiet electric motor capable of 577 hp, 664 Nm of torque, 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and good for an estimated range of 260 EPA.
The look of Specter is love at first sight, and I love every single design element, right down to the ingenious use of very few clean and precise lines to define the overall proportion. Rolls-Royce says Specter is the first of its kind – an ultra-luxury electric Super Coupe, a completely original class of passenger car.
It depends on who you ask about the BMW split headlight design; it is a polarizing gaze. I’m not a huge fan, but the way Specter’s split headlight blends into Rolls-Royce’s wider grille look might be fine. Pantheon grille fins are now smoother in section and fit flush, allowing for better aerodynamics around the front. The back of the vane is sandblasted, allowing the grille to glow using 22 LED lights softly.
RR chiseled the Spirit of Ecstasy figurine to make it more streamlined, not that it needed to slim down.
You’d be right if you thought the Specter bears a striking resemblance to the Phantom Coupe. The Specter pairing with 23-inch wheels is a first for RR due to the required proportion. Specter has a curb weight of 6559 pounds and a wheelbase of 126.377 inches. It’s heavy, but thanks to the integration and battery placement in the highly flexible all-aluminum spaceframe, it’s 30% stiffer than any previous Rolls-Royce. The most significant advantage of this architecture is the flexibility to place the floor midway between the sill structure instead of above or below it, allowing for a perfectly smooth subfloor profile. Thanks to the positioning of the 700 kg battery, it also helps to keep out unwanted road noise.
New to Specter is the availability of Starlight Doors, which incorporate 4,796 slightly illuminated “stars”. Specter still has months of testing and optimization ahead, but RR is available for commission immediately and customers can expect delivery in the fourth quarter of 2023. Buyers should expect prices to drop between Cullinan and Phantom, which means you are looking to pay anywhere between $ 335,350 to $ 460,000 before adding by ticking the checkbox for Starlight Headliner.
As with any RR, customers can commission the Specter for any choice of material, any for any. I mean there are “almost infinite” tailor-made possibilities.
Finally, just because the Specter is powered by a battery doesn’t mean it shouldn’t drive like a Rolls-Royce. It comes standard with Planar suspension, made up of the latest hardware and software that work together to deliver Rolls-Royce’s absolutely smooth “magic carpet ride”.
Overall, until I experience the Specter for myself, I can’t find a single reason why I wouldn’t choose the Specter over a gasoline Phantom Coupe.