Rolls-Royce will begin production next year of its first electric vehicle. The Spectre has two doors, but it is larger than an SUV. The Spectre will come with stars on the doors, one of many options.
For years, the British luxury car brand Rolls-Royce has offered a feature called “Starlight Headliner”, which fills the ceiling with thousands of tiny lights. Although the lights appear random, they are made from fiber-optic cables and are designed to mimic the night sky above Goodwood, UK. Rolls-Royce will add this feature to the interiors of its doors with the Spectre. This will include an additional 5,876 stars so that occupants can be surrounded by sparkling points of light.
The Spectre will also have the largest grille ever on a Rolls-Royce car, despite not using nearly as much air as the V12-powered Rolls-Royce cars. The company claims that the Spectre is the most aerodynamic Rolls-Royce model yet. It has a drag coefficient of 0.25. This is a very sleek car, but it’s not the best among electric cars.
The grille is a must-have for any electric Rolls-Royce. Its upright, tombstone-shaped metal slats are among the most iconic in the industry.
In an interview, Torsten Muller-Otvos, chief executive of Rolls-Royce, stated that the “Spectre” is as important to us as Silver Ghost was many, many years back. It is also the beginning of a new era in the brand’s history, which will see it go fully electric by 2030. “So, we want this car to be perfect and exactly right.
The Silver Ghost is Rolls-Royce’s first production car, and it is widely regarded as the car that established Rolls-Royce as an automotive leader.
The Spectre shares its basic structure with Rolls-Royce’s gas-powered models, the Phantom, and Ghost sedans as well as the Cullinan SUV. This is in line with the strategy of BMW, Rolls-Royce’s parent, which relies on flexible engineering to create both gasoline- and electric cars.
The Spectre’s doors, which are hinged at the back in Rolls-Royce fashion and open to the rear, have two doors. Only the rear doors of four-door Rolls-Royce models open this way. Roll-Royce has called the Spectre a super coupe because of its size, and the roominess of the interior. It is six inches longer than the Wraith coupe and five inches wider. It is also 2.5 inches longer than the Cadillac Escalade SUV and slightly wider. The big car should feel more agile in tight corners thanks to its four-wheel steering.
According to Rolls-Royce, the car’s tapered shape was inspired by yachts. This theme is similar to one of Rolls-Royce’s most expensive cars. The brand revealed the Boat Tail convertible last year. Only three of them were made at an estimated cost of $25 million each.
Many electric cars use large touch screens to control many internal functions. However, the Spectre will rely less on these screens, Muller-Otvos stated. He said that screens will still be used, but they will be less prominent.
The Spectre weighs 6,659 pounds, which is 600 more than a Cullinan SUV. It also has more than 1,500 pounds of sound-deadening insulation that ensures the perfect Rolls-Royce level in quiet. Automakers usually try to reduce weight when making electric vehicles to compensate for the extra mass of the batteries. Rolls-Royce has never had to worry about weight. Rolls-Royce’s cars will be massive.
This 557 horsepower car can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. It will also be capable of driving approximately 260 miles without needing to recharge. Muller-Otvos claims that this will suffice.
He stated, “We wouldn’t compromise the experience or the looks of a car just for the sake of range.”