Rolls-Royce Spectre: the electric phenomenon

The first electric Rolls-Royce was eagerly awaited, and now the British ultra-luxury brand has unveiled the "Spectre". The name follows the familiar British spooky naming scheme - but almost everything else is new. We take a close look at the new appearance and the future of Rolls Royce.
Text Marko Knab
Photo Rolls-Royce

The design: Clear

The requirement for the "Spectre" was clear: its lines must be synonymous with the newly proclaimed "ultra-luxury sports coupe" vehicle class. The craftsmen from Goodwood more than achieved this goal. Automotive, nautical and modern influences were skillfully combined. The result is a car that is a good five and a half meters long and displays a new, sharpened brand identity and lives up to efficiency: a slimmed-down grille and blade-like daytime running lights in LED design are combined with a highly aerodynamic shape and references to the car's own history. The cW value of 0.25 speaks for itself here.

The car: Digital

The Spectre is the most connected Rolls-Royce of all time - which actually says it all on the subject of digitalization. But it goes into a little more detail: 141,200 transmitter-receiver pairs document every conceivable parameter and are the basis for a novelty in automotive engineering: "decentralized intelligence," a system designed to enable the free and direct exchange of information between more than 1,000 vehicle functions. The fact that the dashboard does not rely on classic speedometer needles does not need to be emphasized at this point.

The drive: Electrifying

"The electric car is completely silent and clean. There is no smell and no vibration. They should become very useful when fixed charging stations can be established," said Charles Stewart Rolls, co-founder of Rolls-Royce in 1900. The Spectre now fulfills this prophecy. And how: In all likelihood, the "Spectre" pushes into sports car spheres with 584 hp, 900 Newton meters of torque and a sprint from 0 to 100 in 4.4 seconds. All this is coupled with a range of 520 kilometers.

The luxury: planar and infinite

The chassis of a Rolls-Royce is already considered beyond reproach. But with the new "planar chassis" the brand wants to reach a new level. The actively controlled suspension accesses all wheels, dampers and other components individually. "The "Spectre" learned this on the roads of the French Riviera, its natural stomping ground. Naturally, the brand's customers can also customize almost every detail of their Spectre. After all, we're not talking about ordinary luxury standards here - but Rolls-Royce.

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