If the amazing looks and the commentary from the Rolls Royce Motor’s Engineering Team are any indication, the answer is yes!
Rolls Royce have been teasing images of the Spectre testing over the last 2 years from exotic lands all over the glob. South African, Sweden and the French Riviera featured, as if they were scenes from an upcoming James Bond movie.
So with the design locked and loaded for production, here’s a sneak peak of what it will look like when it arrives for the few lucky customers in late 2023.
November 2023 update: the Spectre has been previewed to a select few around Australia From what we’ve seen the lucky few who order won’t be disappointed.
Before it arrives and we get a real look, here’s some background of the Rolls Royce relationship with Electric Power. The nucleus for the creation of the Spectre, sourced from Rolls Royce Press Room.
Whilst Rolls-Royce has built a reputation for creating the pinnacle of super-luxury motor cars using internal combustion engines, the concept of electrification is very familiar to the brand.
Henry Royce began his working life as an electrical engineer. He dedicated much of his career to creating internal combustion engines that simulated the characteristics of an electric car; silent running, instant torque and the sensation of one endless gear.
Yet the connection with the marque’s founders is far deeper. When Charles Rolls drove a 1900 electric car named the Columbia, he made a prophecy: “The electric car is perfectly noiseless and clean.
There is no smell or vibration. They should become very useful when fixed charging stations can be arranged.” Spectre is the fulfilment of this prophecy.
Spectre also represents a promise kept. In 2011, Rolls-Royce showcased a fully electric Experimental Phantom concept named 102EX.
This was followed by 103EX, a dramatic design study that anticipated a bold electric future for the marque.
These experimental cars prompted significant interest from Rolls-Royce clients. They felt that the characteristics of an electric powertrain would fit perfectly with the brand.
Rolls-Royce Chief Executive Officer, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, responded to this with a clear promise. Rolls-Royce will go electric, starting this decade, and by 2030 Rolls-Royce will be a fully electric motor car brand.
In September 2021, Rolls-Royce confirmed that it had commenced testing of the first all-electric Rolls-Royce, Spectre.
To ensure Spectre is first and foremost a Rolls-Royce, it will undergo the most demanding testing programme ever conceived by the marque. It will span 2.5 million kilometres, simulating on average more than 400 years of use for a Rolls-Royce.
It has been an extraordinary undertaking.
“Now is the time to change the course of future of luxury.”