Rolls-Royce, known for its luxurious and prestigious vehicles, has joined the electric vehicle revolution with the introduction of its first EV, the Rolls-Royce Spectre. In a recent YouTube review, the distinctive design elements of the Spectre were highlighted, including its massive front grille, the largest ever seen on a Rolls-Royce, which also serves aerodynamic functions. With a drag coefficient of 0.25, aerodynamics play a crucial role in this vehicle.
The exterior of the Spectre features slim integrated daytime running lights and a striking Rittering blue color, named after a village. The 23-inch wheels and the iconic Rolls-Royce logo, always remaining upright, contribute to the car’s elegance. The Spectre measures an impressive 5.45 meters in length and boasts a two-door, two plus two seater configuration. Interestingly, it shares its wheelbase with the new generation of the BMW 7 Series. Standard features include air suspension, and the Spectre also shares its battery technology with BMW, offering a gross capacity of around 106 kilowatt-hours, providing an approximate range of 400 to 500 kilometers (250 to 300 miles).
The review further explained the aerodynamic function of the grille, which posed an intriguing question. Although a closed grille would have been the most aerodynamically efficient choice, Rolls-Royce opted for an open design to maintain the brand’s traditional aesthetic. To address the aerodynamic concerns, the grille features a split design that channels incoming air along the inside of the vehicle, ensuring optimal aerodynamic performance.
Underneath the hood, the Spectre houses a front electric motor, a significant amount of technology, and an air suspension system, leaving no room for a frunk. The iconic retractable Spirit of Ecstasy ornament adorns the front, and despite its elegance, it is designed to deter theft attempts. With a powerful drivetrain consisting of one electric motor in the front and one in the rear, the Spectre boasts over 580 horsepower and can achieve an impressive acceleration time of 4.5 seconds.
Moving to the interior, the review showcased the attention to detail and craftsmanship of Rolls-Royce. The suicide doors open to reveal a luxurious space adorned with matte wood finishes and color-matched upholstery. The cabin features a spacious layout with notable elements such as high-quality floor mats and umbrellas, which are color-matched to the car’s exterior. The interior also boasts a starry ceiling with 1,200 stars, creating a captivating ambiance.
The review highlighted the vehicle’s lower center of gravity and increased chassis stiffness, achieved through the placement of the battery in the floor. The Spectre also incorporates rear axle steering, which enhances maneuverability at low speeds and provides stability during high-speed driving. Additionally, the car offers a classy charging flap and enables DC recharging, allowing for a 35-minute charge from 10% to 80% state of charge.
While the Spectre’s interior and driving experience were praised, the review noted one disappointment: the absence of an animal-free interior option. In an era focused on sustainability and animal welfare, the reviewer suggested that Rolls-Royce should offer alternatives to animal-based materials.
Overall, the Rolls-Royce Spectre combines the elegance and luxury expected from the brand with cutting-edge electric technology. Its impressive performance, attention to detail, and integration of advanced features position it as a significant player in the luxury EV market.