Spectre, the Rolls-Royce EV

If memory serves, Spectre used to be the name given collectively to the bad guys who tried and failed to dispatch 007 on the big screen. Here, it’s the official name for the automobile that everybody knew was in the pipeline, the first fully electric vehicle from Rolls-Royce. Envisioned as the spiritual successor to the famed Phantom Coupe, the Spectre will utilize all-aluminum architecture, and promises to have a 0-60 time of around 4.4 seconds while simultaneously delivering 320 miles per charge. Another tidbit teased by the manufacturer is the Spectre’s offering of a new Planar suspension, as it’s being called, with both mechanical and electronic damping aids.

At the pinnacle of the automotive market, personalization is everything, and the Spectre is expected to offer bountiful such opportunities. One of them, called Bespoke features, is Starlight doors, wherein the interior will be studded with nearly 4,800 miniaturized light sources that will achieve a night-sky effect inside. Final technical details are still being hashed out, but Spectre commissions will be accepted immediately for initial deliveries expected in the final quarter of 2023, with pricing expected to be set partway between the existing Cullinan and Phantom models – which is to say, don’t ask.

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