Electric instead of V12: Rolls-Royce will say goodbye to combustion engines by 2030. The brand’s first electric car will be called Rolls-Royce Specter and will hit the market at the end of 2023.
In addition to luxury, large engines are the hallmark of Rolls-Royce. Whether Phantom, Wraith, or Cullinan – all current models work with a V12. But this era will end in a few years. Because: Like many other manufacturers, Rolls-Royce is saying goodbye to the combustion engine. The brand only wants to offer electric cars by 2030. The first, the Specter, should go on sale as early as the end of 2023.
Electric Rolls-Royce is tested for 2.5 million kilometers
According to Rolls-Royce, the Specter will cover 2.5 million test kilometers – more than ever before. The basis of the luxury body will be the aluminum architecture spaceframe introduced with the Phantom in 2016. The first official photos also show that the Specter will be a two-door coupé, the basic shape of which seems to be close to the Wraith. The front is completely masked off. It is not yet clear whether the typical rectangular headlights will remain. The rearview doesn’t reveal much either.
The 2023 Rolls-Royce Specter of course also carries the “Spirit of Ecstasy”
However, some characteristic Rolls-Royce features can already be seen in the Specter. The doors are hinged at the back. And instead of the retractable door handles, the familiar distinctive variant is used, which is continued on the fender. Of course, the most important thing should not be missing: The Specter also has the “Spirit of Ecstasy” radiator ornament. But even with a Rolls-Royce, the air resistance has to be reduced, which is why the electric car is given aerodynamically optimized rims.
The drive could come from the new BMW i7
There is no information about the drive yet. Rumor has it that the technology of the parent company BMW is used. With the i7, they are planning a model that could also provide a usable battery. Because Rolls-Royce models are naturally quite heavy because of their luxury equipment, which also includes extensive insulation. A 120 kW battery could provide an adequate range.