Rolls-Royce has seemed to be a label preparing for electrification for more than a decade, which the corporation has been hinting at in increasingly broad terms. It debuted an electric concept inspired by the previous Phantom in Geneva in 2011, dubbed the 102EX, then a considerably more revolutionary, spat-wearing 103EX 5 years later. It recently stated that by 2030, its entire portfolio is going to be entirely electrified.
The business has now revealed more information regarding the first totally electric Rolls-Royce production automobile. The Spectre is going to be on sale in 2023, and even though Rolls-Royce has only given a few photographs of the slogan-strewn prototype, it’s evident that the vehicle in consideration is a coupe with rear-hinged doors. According to the corporation, prototype models are about to undergo road testing, which will span 1.5 million miles around the globe before the debut.
A few other details are missing. The Spectre will be built on the same modular Architecture of the Luxury aluminum framework that the Phantom, Cullinan, and Ghost are built on. These are known for their elegance and wafty demeanors, but when unleashed, they are incredibly powerful; the current Ghost boasts a 4.3-second zero-to-60-mph performance. Although no information regarding the future car’s powertrain has been disclosed, Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-tvös has previously stated that any electric Rolls must have at least the same degree of performance as the company’s current V-12–powered vehicles. As a result, we should use that as a starting point.
The 102EX featured a 71.0-kWh battery pack and two electric motors to deliver a collective 389 horsepower to rear axle, and we can confidently expect manufacturing Spectre to be mainly more powerful, as well as to outperform the concept’s short 124-mile range.
While the very first electric Rolls-Royce has been a long time coming, the business is quick to point out that it may have arrived far sooner. Before co-founding the semi-autonomous firm, Charles Rolls drove an early electric vehicle named the Columbia and is believed to have commented: “The electric automobile is completely silent and pollution-free. There is no vibration or smell, and when fixed charging points can be set up, they should be quite beneficial. But, for the time being, I don’t think they’ll be particularly useful—at least not for a long time.”
It appears that the delay will be 123 years, but it’s certainly better late than never. While Rolls-Royce claims the Spectre name was chosen to complement the equally ethereal Phantom, Ghost, and Wraith, the announcement coincides with the release of the new James Bond film “No Time To Die” in the United Kingdom, with the car bearing the same identity as 007’s last cinematic trip, 2015’s Spectre. Is it possible that the world’s most renowned spy will swap his automobile allegiances in future installments of the long-running brand?