2024 Rolls-Royce Specter EV spied at the Nürburgring

The forthcoming Rolls-Royce Specter – the company’s first production EV – was tested in the Green Hell ahead of its global launch in the fourth quarter of 2023.

The 2024 Rolls-Royce Specter Grand Tourer marks the beginning of Rolls-Royce’s transition to an all-electric range by 2030.

Rolls-Royce has already taken deposits for the Specter in Australia and has said it is doing its best to get it here at the same time as other markets.

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The Specter has been spied in its current prototype form with the large Rolls-Royce lettering for almost 12 months now with no discernible changes to the exterior design.

delivered Recognition: car expert

While Rolls-Royce has been very open about the Specter’s exterior, it remains understated when it comes to its power and torque.

The Rolls-Royce Specter is rumored to have a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive electric powertrain, potentially producing between 447 kW and 485 kW of power.

Don’t expect any Tesla-rivaling antics in the portly tourer: the company has announced it will specialize in “levitation ability,” and that acceleration will feel like a Gulfstream private jet taking off.

Intended to be a spiritual successor to the Phantom coupe, the two-door Specter coupe is based on Rolls-Royce’s new aluminum “Architecture of Luxury” that also underpins the current Phantom, Ghost and Cullinan.

delivered Recognition: car expert

According to Rolls-Royce, the Specter is 30 percent stiffer than its existing vehicle range because the battery is integrated into the aluminum spaceframe architecture.

On the design front, the Specter features a split headlight design reminiscent of the Phantom Coupe. It will also be the first Rolls-Royce to feature 23-inch wheels since 1926.

It has pillarless carriage doors measuring 1.5 meters in length, the longest in Rolls-Royce history.

Despite the imposing styling, Rolls-Royce says the electric coupe has a drag coefficient of 0.25.

delivered Recognition: car expert

Rolls-Royce is currently testing and refining a new suspension technology for the Specter that appears to ensure the all-electric grand tourer delivers that signature “magic carpet ride.”

The company also says the Specter has a sophisticated electronic roll stabilization system that can decouple the sway bars on straight roads, preventing rocking motion when a car hits a bump.

When cornering, on the other hand, the suspension dampers stiffen and the all-wheel steering prepares to engage.

Our spy photographers got another sneak peek at the Specter’s interior, which features a similar center-stack design to the brand’s ICE-powered lineup.

delivered Recognition: car expert

It has a digital instrument cluster and an infotainment touchscreen that appear to be in the same assembly.

This is similar to the BMW Curved Display in newer BMW products like the i4 and iX, and the Rolls-Royce is expected to use a version of the latest iDrive 8 operating system with a bespoke user interface.

Although Rolls-Royce is now heading towards an all-electric future, electric power is no stranger.

The co-founder of the original Rolls-Royce Limited Company, Charles Rolls, was already exploring the possibilities of electric vehicles in the early 20th century.

delivered Recognition: car expert

“The electric car is completely silent and clean. There is no smell or vibration and they should become very useful when fixed charging stations can be established,” said Mr. Rolls in an interview with The Motor-Car Journal in April 1900.

“But right now, I don’t think they’ll be very useful — at least for many years.”

After decades of pure petrol propulsion, Rolls-Royce explored electric vehicles in 2011, albeit not intended for production, with the Phantom Experimental Electric (aka 120EX), a fully functional, road-legal prototype electric Phantom.

Based on the contemporary Phantom, the 102EX had two electric motors on the rear axle, producing a total of 290kW of power and 800Nm of torque.

Phantom Experimental Electric (aka 102 EX) Recognition: car expert

Its 0-60mph (0-97km/h) time is said to be under eight seconds, significantly slower than the V12 Phantom’s 5.7-second sprint.

Its main drawback – and reportedly the reason why development was halted – was its range of just 200 km.

Rolls-Royce then introduced the Vision Next 100 (aka 130EX) concept car in 2016, also an experimental car powered by an electric powertrain, albeit with a unique platform and autonomous driving technology.

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