Rolls-Royce First Official BEV Details Released

Rolls-Royce has finally unveiled its long-awaited full BEV luxury model, the Rolls-Royce Spectre.

While the final power, acceleration and range figures have still to be defined, the car has entered its final phase of refinement before concluding in the second quarter of 2023. Preliminary data suggests that Spectre is expected to have an all-electric range of 320 miles on the WLTP rating and offer 663ft-lbs of torque from its 652bhp powertrain. It is anticipated to achieve 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds from a standing start.

With many months of testing and optimization of Spectre still ahead, these figures are subject to change ahead of official confirmation prior to market launch in about a year’s time. Built on the brand’s ‘Architecture of Luxury’ aluminum constructed platform, the car still tips the scales at 2,975kg (6,545lbs) a full 230kgs heavier than the brand’s porkiest beast, the huge Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Naturally, that’s down to some 700kgs of battery pack which, the automaker gleefully points out is mounted under the floor: “This not only creates a low seating position and enveloping cabin but realises a secondary function for the battery – almost 700kg of sound deadening.”

Of course, as befits a statement car, it’s big at 17.8ft long, 6.8ft wide, 5.1ft high and with a wheelbase of 10.5ft it manages a turning circle of 41.6ft.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, chief executive officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: “Spectre possesses all the qualities that have secured the Rolls-Royce legend. This incredible motor car, conceived from the very beginning as our first fully-electric model, is silent, powerful and demonstrates how perfectly Rolls-Royce is suited to electrification. Spectre’s all-electric powertrain will assure the marque’s sustained success and relevance while dramatically increasing the definition of each characteristic that makes a Rolls-Royce a Rolls-Royce.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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