- New Rolls-Royce Specter – final specifications and price.
- We are in the fourth quarter of 2023, which means that Rolls-Royce has started deliveries of the first production electric car in its history – the new Spectre. On this occasion, we will tell you about the final specifications as well as the starting price.
New Rolls-Royce Specter – final specifications and price.
We are in the fourth quarter of 2023, which means that Rolls-Royce has started deliveries of the first production electric car in its history – the new Spectre. On this occasion, we will tell you about the final specifications as well as the starting price.
It is described as the world’s first ultra-luxury electric super coupe. It is described as a spaciously proportioned and visually impressive two-door fastback, the spiritual successor to the legendary Phantom Coupé.
It is a very massive car: its length is 5,475 mm, height is 2,144/2,017 mm (with/without rearview mirrors), height is 1,573 mm, wheelbase is 3,210 mm, which is enough to comfortably carry four passengers. For comparison, the length of the latest S-Class Long is 5,289 mm, wheelbase – 3,216 mm.
The turning radius is 12.7 m, and the weight without passengers and luggage is 2,890 kg!
The 1.5 meter long doors are the largest ever fitted to a Rolls-Royce. They are laser-welded, made from 100% aluminum to reduce weight without compromising rigidity and strength, and feature a specially developed version of the Effortless Doors electric drive system that has been fitted to every Rolls-Royce since Phantom.
The door opens with a single movement of the inner handle to the ’comfort position’, allowing the passenger to check for hazards or obstacles. The handle must then be pulled and held to activate the system’s full power. When the door is sufficiently open, simply release the handle, which activates the door brake. The door can be closed automatically by pressing a button on the outside handle or manually with the electric actuator.
A feature unique to the Spectre is the automatic closing of the driver’s door when the brake pedal is depressed.
It doesn’t have four electric motors as previously reported, but only two synchronous split excitation motors (SSM), one per deck.
The front one produces 190 kW and 365 Nm, the rear one 360 kW and 710 Nm, for a total combined output of 430 kW (585 hp) and 900 Nm.
With all-wheel drive provided by the two units, it is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 km/h.
The battery pack has a lower capacity than the previously announced 120 kWh. Its net capacity is 102 kWh. The maximum autonomy under the WLTP cycle is up to 530 km.
A 22 kW on-board charger provides 0 to 100% charging in 5 hours and 30 minutes.
The vehicle also supports constant current charging: from a 50 kW station it can be charged 10-80% in 95 minutes, and at the maximum supported power of 195 kW – in 34 minutes (or 100 km of autonomy in 9 minutes).
The lithium-ion battery is made using cobalt and lithium from strictly controlled sources in Australia, Morocco and Argentina, and the battery cells are produced using 100% green electricity. It has been extensively tested at temperatures ranging from -40 to +50 degrees Celsius, and the on-board thermal management system maintains optimum operating temperature at all times.
The Specter is the fourth production Rolls-Royce to utilize the Architecture of Luxury platform, which is unique and patented by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. In a visionary decision reminiscent of Charles Rolls’ famous prophecy, it was originally designed with the possibility of installing an electric drivetrain as the technology becomes available.
The platform is an aluminum space frame that is infinitely scalable and variable around four fixed points, one at each corner of the car. This inherent flexibility allows Rolls-Royce to modify the bulkhead, floor, cross members and sills to suit each piece.
In the Spectre, engineers have unlocked the concept’s previously unexplored potential. Complex sections of extruded aluminum and the integration of the battery into the structure made the Spectres space frame 30% stiffer than all previous Rolls-Royce models. The architecture also allowed engineers to place the floor midway between the sill structures, rather than above or below them.
A channel for the climate control wiring and ducting runs between the battery and the floor, and the battery itself is mounted under the floor, creating a perfectly smooth profile under the floor. This allows for a low seating position, and moving the bulkhead deepens the dashboard, creating a cocoon-like feel. This feeling is enhanced by the sharply sloped windshield, which also contributes to the car’s exceptional aerodynamics.
The positioning of the battery gives it an extremely useful secondary function: fully integrated into the vehicle’s architecture, it serves as an additional 700 kg of acoustic insulation.
At the same time, the Specter is equipped with advanced assistance technologies such asActive Lane Centering and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Specter is equipped with Brake Energy Recovery, which the driver can set by pressing the button labeled “B” on the lever behind the steering wheel. When Brake Mode is activated, regeneration is increased, allowing for one-pedal driving and even full stop if desired.
The Specter is the most connected Rolls-Royce in history, with three times as many transceiver signals as any previous model. Engineers call it an “ultra-high-definition Rolls-Royce” because of its speed and accuracy in responding to road and weather conditions. Each of the car’s thousands of powertrain and chassis components has been thoroughly tested and refined during a 2.5 million kilometer test program.
Thanks to a software architecture known as “decentralized intelligence,” data is processed closer to the source rather than being handled entirely by a single central processor. To achieve this, each of the 141,200 transceiver parameters has its own manual control.
In almost all cases, several additional sub-variables take into account changes in climate, driving speed, road type, vehicle condition and driving style. This allows the vehicle to respond more quickly to driver intervention and changing road conditions.
The model’s suspension is an evolution of the Planar System originally introduced on the new Ghost. Engineers describe it as an “orchestra of systems” that combines specially developed Spectres equipment and high-speed data processing capabilities to provide a signature “magic carpet ride.”
On straight roads, the system can automatically disengage Spectres’ anti-skid system, allowing each wheel to act independently. This prevents the swaying that occurs when one side of the vehicle hits bumps in the road and significantly reduces the high-frequency interference caused by small, repetitive surface imperfections.
When the system detects a turn, it reconnects all components, reinforces the shock absorbers and prepares to engage the all-wheel steering system to ensure easy entry into and exit from the turn. During cornering, individual sensors monitor nearly 20 different steering, braking, power delivery and suspension parameters and automatically adjust them to maintain perfect track tracking and stability.
In terms of exterior design:
The Spectres Pantheon grille is the widest ever fitted to a Rolls-Royce. The polished stainless steel slats are smooth and perfectly fitted, softly illuminated by 22 LEDs that illuminate the sandblasted rear surface, creating a subtle three-dimensional signature at night.
The Spirit of Ecstasy figurine was created specifically for Spectre. With a lower stance and a more aerodynamic profile perfected through 830 hours of modeling and wind tunnel testing, the car has an aerodynamic drag coefficient of just 0.25 Cd, making the Specter the most aerodynamic Rolls-Royce ever built. And the flowing roof line contributes significantly to the exceptional aerodynamics.
The bi-level headlights have been a Rolls-Royce trademark for many years and are a direct visual reference to the Specter’s famous ancestor, the Phantom coupe.
Following the rear roof line, the taillights are integrated into the largest body panel ever produced for Rolls-Royce, extending from the A-pillar to the trunk. In contrast to the various exterior paint options, the taillights are a colorless neutral color.
In keeping with its wide proportions, this is the first production Rolls-Royce two-door coupe to feature 23-inch wheels in nearly 100 years.
As for the interior design:
For the first time, the production model features technological solutions such asStarlight Doors, with 4,796 faintly illuminated “stars” embedded in the door panels. On request, the customer can also choose Canadel panels handcrafted from various types of wood as a background.
The ethereal, celestial theme continues in the so-called illuminated fascia. Developed over two years and more than 10,000 hours of teamwork, this dashboard panel incorporates the Specter name surrounded by a cluster of more than 5,500 stars.
Inspired by British tailoring, the new front seat design includes sections that can be done in contrasting colors or blended with the main base.
As with all Rolls-Royce cars, the interior offers buyers almost limitless possibilities for customization.
Along with the car comes the so-called SPIRIT, a completely redesigned digital architecture that connects the owner to the car like never before. In addition to controlling the vehicle’s functions, SPIRIT is seamlessly integrated into the Whispers app, allowing owners to interact with the vehicle remotely.
For the first time with this solution, customers can extend their personalization wishes into the digital realm, such as choosing an instrument dial color that complements the car’s interior or exterior palette.
The car has a starting price of £330k in the UK (equivalent to €380k). According to the company representatives, there will be no two identical cars.
Recall that by the end of 2030, the entire lineup of the company will be fully electricRolls-Royce will never again produce new models with an internal combustion engine.