From the moment I laid eyes on the new Rolls-Royce Specter (2023), it became abundantly clear that this was no ordinary vehicle. Born from the visionary dreams of Charles Rolls over a century ago, who fantasized about the electric motor as the epitome of automotive excellence, this remarkable creation now stands as the brand’s inaugural electric car on the market. Yet, during my first exhilarating test drive, it became evident that the Specter was more than just an electric car—it was a transcendent experience.
Some things in life are worth the wait, and if greatness is the goal, then waiting 123 years seems justified. Rolls-Royce has taken its time, meticulously crafting the new Specter to fulfill Charles Rolls’ prophetic vision from 1900, elevating the electric motor to the pinnacle of luxury.
Set to grace the streets in autumn 2023, this masterpiece, with a price tag of 389,000 euros, is not merely the brand’s debut electric vehicle; it also holds the distinction of being the finest electric car in the world, and quite possibly, the finest car ever created. The moment I embarked on my test drive, the opulence of the twelve-cylinder engine was forgotten, eclipsed by the grandeur of this 5.50-meter coupé.
Technically speaking, the new Rolls-Royce Specter (2023) is akin to an i7 adorned in a tuxedo. Drawing power from a formidable 105.2 kWh battery, it harnesses the might of two electric machines, delivering 191 kW (260 hp) at the front and an impressive 360 kW (490 hp) at the rear, all seamlessly integrated into the mother company’s modular system.
However, it is in the realm of emotions that the Specter truly shines. While the BMW, with all its engineering prowess and dynamism, exudes a certain coolness and detachment, the electric mobility present in this masterpiece emanates a sense of naturalness and soulfulness. It casts a spell so profound that even the venerable V12 engine, once deemed indispensable, now appears oddly out of place in comparison.
In conclusion, the new Rolls-Royce Specter (2023) captivated me during my first encounter, leaving an indelible impression of magnificence and grace. It embodies the perfect fusion of heritage and innovation, propelling us into a future where electric propulsion reigns supreme. This vehicle not only upholds the legacy of Rolls-Royce but sets an unrivaled standard for luxury automobiles, ensuring that its name will be etched in the annals of automotive greatness for generations to come.
Undoubtedly, the twelve-cylinder engine has always been and continues to be the epitome of sophistication among internal combustion engines. Its remarkable 6.75-liter displacement remains unrivaled, commanding true mastery. However, when compared to the serene hum of the electric powertrain, it suddenly appears boisterous and uncivilized.
Despite the velvety smoothness and silkiness of a Phantom’s ride, it pales in comparison to the ethereal acceleration of the new Rolls-Royce Specter (2023) – it’s no wonder the esteemed British luxury brand has even modulated the initial torque to prevent the spilling of champagne from the rear calyx. Never before has effortlessness felt so effortless than during the initial test drive of this exceptional vehicle, even though the Specter proudly weighs a substantial 2.9 tons.
Even such heft effortlessly dissolves when unleashed with 430 kW (585 hp) and 900 Newton meters, as the cabin cocooned in cotton wool glides over the road, cradled on clouds thanks to its adaptive chassis with anticipation and roll compensation. Should one be in a genuine hurry, reaching 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 4.5 seconds allows for swift overtaking at 250 km/h on the left lane, with only the blurred landscape through the windows indicating the car’s astonishing speed.
Previously, discussions revolved around performance losses, but today, when it comes to range, the mere word “sufficient” fails to capture the essence. With a range of 500 kilometers according to the standard cycle, and perhaps around 350 kilometers in everyday usage, the Specter boasts an impressively commendable figure for a vehicle of such caliber.
A Rolls-Royce rarely needs to venture beyond the villa-office or villa-airport distances, as the clientele typically favors helicopters or private jets for triple-digit journeys. As a result, the fact that the new Rolls-Royce Specter (2023) can charge at 195 kW holds little interest. After all, the super-rich find it hard to fathom stopping at a fast charger outside a supermarket. In truth, the upper echelons of society now revel in the convenience of their home wall box, as mundane places like gas stations have finally become relics of the past for them.