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Rolls-Royce to go green with Spectre

  • May 16, 2022
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Rolls-Royce to go green with Spectre

Orders are being taken for Rolls-Royce’s first ever electric car. The Spectre, which hopes to bring new customers to the brand, will be unveiled next year. The firm has been working with customers since the 102EX concept in 2010 previewed an all-electric version of the Phantom.

Rolls-Royce has already released images of the new car testing, albeit with disguised to not give too much away. We know already that it will be a two-door fastback similar to the Wraith. There’s still a long bonnet where, traditionally, a V12 engine would sit. Some electric cars make use of that space to fit a second boot while others have the motor sitting as an engine would. It would be interesting to see what the Spectre will do with all that space, not to mention the classic Rolls-Royce grill. But it’s easy to see why the classic design is not being messed with. It’s still unmistakably a Rolls-Royce and won’t look out of place in the brand’s portfolio.

One benefit of an electric drivetrain for a Rolls Royce is the smooth and quiet drive that they offer. The company’s cars are famed for their silence; a 1957 ad boasted that “at 60 miles an hour the loudest noise in this new Rolls-Royce comes from the electric clock.”

When developing the second generation of the Ghost, the firm actually had to remove some sound deadening to prevent sensory deprivation!

“Contributing to noise are the exhaust, engine, wind and the tyres,” director of engineering Mihiar Ayoubi said. “This does without the first two of them. We could give the customer the option of a noise, or silence. We could even get real silence. But the problem with absolute silence is that people cannot stand it forever. You need a minimum amount of noise.”

“We’re demanding,” He added. “Tyres are the only connection point to the road. They have to do a huge amount: efficiency, acoustic, safety, braking, driving dynamics. And then Rolls-Royce comes along and says: they’re not perfect enough.”

Rolls-Royce is going in a somewhat different direction to other luxury brands with its first EV. While Audi and Mercedes began with SUVs, the e-Tron and EQC respectively, it’s starting with a two-door coupe. This is a market that seems to be shrinking while jacked-up station wagons are dominating the sales charts. But then again, will another SUV, electric or otherwise, stand out all that much?

Rolls-Royce has stopped taking orders for the smaller Wraith coupe and Dawn convertible. But despite this, it says that the Spectre is a replacement for the Phantom coupe which ended production in 2017. As a result, expect a price tag approaching half a million pounds.

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