Rolls-Royce Spectre revealed as luxury brand’s first electric car

The two-door coupe will arrive in late 2023 and rule the luxury brand’s shift away from combustion engines thoroughly.

Announcing the set afloat of its first EV, Rolls-Royce’s CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, confirmed that by 2030 its complete line-up will be purely electric.

The brand before said that while electric propulsion was well appropriate to its fleeting, it would only make the switch when it believed the technology was ready to offer the complete experience Rolls-Royce customers need.

Revealing the Spectre ahead of a highly visible testing programme, Müller-Ötvös called the announcement the “most meaningful” day in Rolls-Royce’s history since its founders agreed to go into business together in 1904.

He said: “We embark on this bold new future with a huge advantage. Electric excursion is uniquely and perfectly appropriate to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, more so than any other automotive brand. It is silent, perfected and creates torque almost immediately, going on to generate tremendous strength. This is what we at Rolls-Royce call ‘waftability’.”

The camouflaged prototype shows a sleek coupe body, similar in size and shape to the existing Wraith. Printed over the bodywork are quotes from including one from XX emphasising how well electric strength would suit a Rolls-Royce.

Müller-Ötvös was keen to emphasise that despite being owned by BMW, which has its own EV development programme, the Spectre will not proportion a platform with any BMW product.

Instead, it will use the same scaleable aluminium architecture which already underpins the Phantom, Ghost and Cullinan models.

He additional: “Free of any group platform sharing strategy, we were able to integrate our plans for an electric powertrain into the architecture’s initial design and ensure that this extraordinary new product meets the extremely high expectations of our clients.”

While happy to talk about the ambitions for the car and the long-term plan for the brand, Müller-Ötvös revealed nothing about the Spectre’s drivetrain but said that on-road testing was already underway ahead of the car’s release in the third quarter of 2023.

The testing regime will, according to him, be the most demanding in the brand’s history, with cars “in plain sight” covering 1.5 million miles – equivalent to more than 400 years of use for an average Rolls-Royce  in “all conditions and terrains”.

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