ROLLS ROYCE
Rolls-Royce makes an entry into the gilded world of super-luxury electric cars. The Spectre dos mark a new chapter for the UK carmaker. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: The first all-electric Rolls-Royce – Spectre – will reach its first customers by the fourth quarter of 2023, and that would mean the usual quota of production for delivery in the UAE as well. The UAE and Gulf markets remain high on the list of regions where a significant number of Rolls are bought each year.

With the Spectre, the UK luxury carmaker brings on all the elements of being in the moment, i.e., having an electric car on the way. (Plus, the name conjures up James Bond, and that can only be described as uber-cool.)

“Spectre possesses all the qualities that have secured the Rolls-Royce legend,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “This incredible motor car, conceived from the very beginning as our first fully-electric model, is silent, powerful and demonstrates how perfectly Rolls-Royce is suited to electrification.”

Watch the space for power reveal
The finer details of the ‘power, acceleration and range figures are still being refined’. That would wait until ‘finessing Spectre enters its final phase before concluding in the second quarter of 2023’.

Prelim data has the Spectre go up to a range of 320 miles/520 kilometres WLTP on 900Nm of torque from a 430kW powertrain. The 0-100km/h rush could be in about 4.5 seconds.

“With many months of testing and optimisation of Spectre still ahead, these figures are subject to change ahead of official confirmation prior to market launch in Q4-2023,” the company added.

“This is the start of a bold new chapter for our marque, our extraordinary clients and the luxury industry. For this reason, I believe Spectre is the most perfect product that Rolls-Royce has ever produced.”

It was in September last year that the carmaker confirmed the launch of testing of the Spectre, and which followed a very public commitment by Müller-Ötvös to have a full-electric Rolls-Royce into the market in this decade itself. With delivery confirmations for Q4-2023, Rolls-Royce does led itself quite a bit of time to get on with electric.

Spectre is the ‘first Rolls-Royce to be conceived and engineered from the very beginning as an electric car’.

The Spectre ‘states the direction for the future of our marque and perfectly answers a call from the most discerning individuals in the world to elevate the electric motor car experience, because Spectre is a Rolls-Royce first and an electric car second,” said the CEO.

As has been standard practice, the Spectre takes on an all-aluminium 'architecture', something that the manufacturer has on-boarded since 20023 with the Phantom at the time.