Forget about the figures.
One of the crucial aspects bridging the traditional Rolls-Royce with the electric future is the company’s maiden electric vehicle, the Spectre, delicately shifting the focus from hard numbers.
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In a world obsessed with acceleration times, lateral Gs, and maximum speed feats, plus rapid charging specifications and range assessments, adapting to this perspective might need some getting used to. But, it could also help alleviate stress among the more competitive individuals.
This is not a new concept for a brand that for many years casually referred to its horsepower as “adequate.” Luxury consumers rely on this global standard-setter among luxury brands to deliver a majestic driving experience. They seek aesthetic pleasure in their personalized creations, as the term “bespoke” extends to virtually everything, from options and trims to cabin materials, and beyond.
The transition to electric does not complicate things either. As Rolls executives repeatedly stated during an unveiling and first drive opportunity last week in California’s Napa Valley, the Spectre is a Rolls first and an EV second. It is a shift that Charles Stewart Rolls had envisioned as the brand’s future back in 1900.
2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre
For those insistent on knowing the numbers, here they are. The Spectre is powered by 190-kw front and 360-kw rear excited synchronous motors, producing a total peak of 584 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. The rear motor can independently generate that torque, with the front motor contributing up to 524 lb-ft.
The battery pack holds a gross capacity of 120 kwh, with the Spectre using 102 kwh as its net (usable) capacity. It’s equipped with CCS-format DC fast charging at a maximum of 195 kw, allowing for a 10-80% charge in 34 minutes. The seemingly modest capacity offers an EPA range rating of 260 miles. The inclusion of a substantial 22-kw onboard charger means the Spectre can achieve a full charge in a home garage in roughly five and a half hours with a Level 2 setup.
2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre
The Rolls-Royce Spectre performance: It’s all about calm
During my drive, it quickly became evident that this is an electric car that reassures, tranquilizes, and gratifies. It doesn’t trigger adrenaline-pumping take-off experiences that yield TikTok reaction videos, like those from Tesla Performance or Plaid models or other performance-based EVs. The Spectre launches with determination yet with an eerie absence of spectacle.
It almost seems as if the Spectre leans into its launch, anticipating the car’s body to shift back and the front end to lift.
There’s a secret to this. To bypass the abrupt body movements that high-powered EVs can produce, Rolls-Royce consciously incorporated a tiny delay to full-throttle launches. This is mainly because the near-instant response of electric propulsion can surpass its chassis systems, which aim to keep the vehicle stable and comfortable.
“Gliding” is another word frequently used by Rolls, and the full-electric transition maximizes the brand’s hallmark sensation. The blend of a level body, a resolute soft ride, and an exceptionally quiet interior allows for easy breezing past the speed limit without any perceived acceleration or velocity. Similarly, you won’t be disturbed by outside noises or those of the vehicle. The exceptionally comfortable front seats, with cushy head support and firm backing where it matters, aim to minimize drama with comfort.
2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about 2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre Review
What is the Rolls-Royce Spectre?
The Rolls-Royce Spectre is the first electric vehicle by the luxury car manufacturer, released in 2024. It focuses on providing a luxurious and serene driving experience rather than competing for high-speed performance and tech specifications.
How is the driving experience of the Rolls-Royce Spectre?
The Rolls-Royce Spectre provides a soothing and satisfying driving experience. It does not focus on dramatic acceleration, instead, it delivers a calm and quiet ride. The electric drive further enhances the brand’s signature “wafting” effect.
What are the specifications of the Spectre’s electric powertrain?
The Rolls-Royce Spectre has 190-kw front and 360-kw rear synchronous motors, delivering a combined peak of 584 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. The battery pack offers 120 kwh of gross capacity, with a net capacity of 102 kwh for the vehicle to utilize.
What is the electric range of the Rolls-Royce Spectre?
The Rolls-Royce Spectre has an EPA-rated range of 260 miles, although real-world testing has suggested a potential range of over 300 miles in mild conditions.
What is the pricing for the Rolls-Royce Spectre?
The Rolls-Royce Spectre starts at $422,750 in the U.S., inclusive of a $2,750 destination fee. Custom options can increase this price significantly.