Rolls-Royce, the renowned luxury automobile manufacturer based in Britain, has delivered its first Spectre EV in India. Despite being revealed in October last year, the opulent electric car has not yet been formally launched in the domestic market. Nonetheless, the brand has delivered the first unit of the car in the country. The first delivery of the all-electric hardtop saloon took place in the city of Chennai. With the official launch scheduled for 2024, we expect more Spectre units to arrive on Indian shores as the year goes on. The Spectre is built on the carmaker's all-aluminum platform and employs the new Spirit software architecture. A successor to the Phantom coupe, the car has the iconic Rolls-Royce design cues along with a few additional features. For those unaware, the company has already confirmed that by the end of 2030, its whole product portfolio will be entirely electrified.
Rolls Royce Spectre: Exterior Design
Speaking of the design, the Rolls-Royce Spectre features split headlights and the biggest Rolls-Royce grille ever—the Pantheon grille. With a drag coefficient of under 0.25cd, the EV is also the most aerodynamic Rolls-Royce till now. The grille, which comprises 22 gently illuminated LEDs, helps to further improve this remarkable performance. Furthermore, extending from the A-pillar to the luggage compartment, the biggest single-body panel ever made for a Rolls-Royce houses the tail lamps. The vertical tail lamps resemble jewels and are colourless. Additionally, the Spectre is the first two-door coupe in production to have 23-inch wheels in nearly a century.
Rolls Royce Spectre: Powertrain
Equipped with two electric motors and a battery pack, the model is decked up in an appealing Wittering Blue colour scheme. In addition to the rear motor's 483bhp and 710Nm of torque, the front unit generates 255bhp of maximum power and 365Nm of peak torque. Consequently, this ultra-luxury car can belt out a combined total output of 900Nm and 575bhp. Moreover, it takes the car just 4.5 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h. The 102kWh lithium-ion battery that powers the Spectre is made entirely using green electricity, according to the brand. A 195 kW DC fast charger can charge the vehicle from 10% to 80% in 34 minutes, giving it a 100-kilometre range in just nine minutes. The Spectre EV claims a WLTP-certified driving range of 520-kilometre.
Rolls Royce Spectre: Interior and Feature Highlights
The Rolls-Royce Spectre, according to the firm, has the most cutting-edge bespoke features inside the cabin. A first for a Rolls-Royce in series production, the Spectre can be ordered with starlight doors that feature 4,796 meticulously illuminated "stars." Spectre's lighted fascia carries on the ethereal nighttime theme. Spirit, a recently revamped digital architecture of luxury, is the highlight of Spectre. In addition to overseeing the vehicle's operations, Spirit is smoothly connected with the brand's Whispers software, enabling customers to interact with their vehicles from a distance and get real-time data. British tailoring served as inspiration for the Spectre's front seat design, which features lapel components that can be finished in colors that contrast or complement the primary base. Interestingly, bespoke stitching, embroidery, and elaborate piping were also considered during the design process.
The feature set of the Spectre is extensive and includes amenities like a fully digital instrument console, connected car technology, a large touchscreen infotainment unit, along with various customisation options.
Rolls Royce Spectre: India Launch Timeline
The Spectre is currently available for purchase worldwide, therefore we anticipate an official launch by Rolls-Royce in India next year. It will serve as an electric vehicle substitute for popular luxury offerings in the market such as the Bentley Flying Spur and the Bentley Continental. Furthermore, the brand-new electrified model is positioned between the Cullinan and the Phantom in the brand's product portfolio.