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2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre Points the Ultrasilent Way Forward for Rolls

The massive battery-powered coupe proves that for Rolls, the EV future is nothing to fear.

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A New Order of Quietude

This isn't a foregone conclusion. That all electric vehicles are inherently and equally silent is as incorrect as it is oft repeated. While it's true that electric motors tend to generate far less noise than internal-combustion engines, especially under high loads, that's only one of the three primary sources of racket. As for the other two—noise propagating up from the road and the vehicle slicing through the surrounding air—EVs have no particular advantage.

But the Spectre is so silent that to experience it is to ruin every other vehicle, including the rest of the Rolls lineup. At 80 to 90 mph, the slightest ripple of wind starts to nip at the Spectre's side glass. But compared with a ride the next day in a Cullinan SUV , one of the quietest vehicles we've ever measured (62 decibels at a 70-mph cruise), the Spectre is so much quieter that we thought one of the Cullinan's windows might be slightly open.

Driving the Spectre

The company's first EV is about far more than just a lack of noise, however. Its tires roll so frictionlessly over smooth roads that you could believe you're hovering over the road, although sharp impacts ground those thoughts and serve as a reminder of the weight of the 23-inch wheels and 32-inch-tall Pirelli P Zero PZ4 Elect tires. The rolling smoothness is why we think the Spectre should have a coasting mode, which would continue the otherworldly feeling of effortlessness. Instead, there's a modest amount of default regen, with a B button on the spindly column shifter to increase regenerative braking to the point that it will bring the car to a stop without a touch of the brake pedal, which is a bit long of travel in an attempt to guarantee smoothness. Other than that, the Spectre has no selectable drive-mode settings, an approach we wholeheartedly agree with—offer a single excellent tune without giving drivers numerous ways to screw it up. For the same reason, there are no audio settings. The only other choice relating to the powertrain is a Rolls-Royce noise that scales with motor output; it sounds like an ominous futuristic storm that's a considerable distance away. With it off (our preference), the motors are perfectly silent. They're also plenty strong, although acceleration isn’t bonkers by today's EV standards. Still, a rush to 60 mph in the low-four-second range roughly matches the performance of the brand's V-12 models.

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Those front and rear current-excited synchronous motors are borrowed from parent company BMW. There's a 255-hp motor in the front and the more powerful 483-hp rear unit from the iX M60 and the i7 M70 . The 102.0-kWh battery pack is also shared with BMW and uses the same cells from CATL. Peak output is 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet, all but equal to the latest twin-turbo V-12 in the Phantom sedan. Ayoubi says the Spectre uses nearly 400 pounds of sound-deadening materials, as in other Rolls-Royces, and the 1543-pound battery pack is another effective noise blanket.

Integrating the large battery pack into the aluminum Architecture of Luxury was done deftly—the front seats sit just 0.8 inch higher and the rears 1.2 inches higher than those in the 2009 Phantom Coupe , which served as the Spectre's muse. The pack also is a major contributor to the claimed 30 percent increase in torsional rigidity over the Rolls-Royce Ghost. That the Spectre is only about 500 pounds heavier than a Cullinan or an i7 feels like about as big of a weight win as a 6600-pound four-seater can hope for.

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A high beltline limits the view from the plush seats, with considerable distractions from the gorgeous leather and wood interior materials. A tap of the vents suggests billet aluminum. Despite the removal of the internal-combustion engine and drivetrain, there's still a central tunnel. The now-familiar Starlight headliner that's dotted with points of light is augmented with a new Starlight Doors option, featuring 4796 additional "stars" in the doors and the adult-size rear-seat area. Or you can go with the traditional and spectacular wood paneling. Once you've taken it all in and get on with the business of driving, you'll find that the Rolls-typical steering wheel, thin rimmed and large diameter, is light in effort but very precise. In a pleasant surprise, it passes along subtle road feedback. Over large swells in the road, the Spectre can be slightly too floaty front to back, but body roll is well controlled. The forward view of the Spectre stuffing its lane makes it feel as massive as it is, but the four-wheel steering and active anti-roll bars let it drive far smaller. At no point when chucking the Spectre through a series of switchbacks at a pace totally unbecoming of its laid-back mission does it fall apart. When you finally must depart the cabin, hang on after a second pull of the door handle, and the door powers open, pulling you along with it.

Design Continuity

Nothing about the Spectre's arresting presence shouts about the sea change in propulsion, and that's deliberate. The brand's customers are not interested in a stylistic departure as Rolls-Royce transitions all its models to electric propulsion by 2030. Therefore, the long hood and generous dash-to-axle ratio remain, although there's not much to be seen under the hood save for a massive metal cover. The only bit that underwhelms is the oversize charge-port cover. Rolls reshaped and optimized every surface above and on the underside, leading to contribute to an impressive 0.25 coefficient of drag (versus 0.36 for the Phantom Coupe). Even the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament that powers out of the front of the hood contributes, now crouching slightly lower with her flowing robes more extended. The grille slats are mostly closed off since cooling air isn’t needed. At nearly five feet long, the rear-hinged coach doors are the longest Rolls has ever produced, which is why they get a secondary stabilizing latch.

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The company says research with potential owners showed that they are almost exclusively interested in charging at home and that the Spectre’s estimated 260 miles of EPA range is sufficient. Those traveling farther would likely choose a different vehicle from their personal fleet—one that isn’t ground-bound. Nevertheless, the Spectre has DC fast-charging capability with a claimed 195-kW peak.

Pricing starts at $422,750, but with a seemingly endless amount of customization possible, the company says it expects most of the vehicles to transact above $500,000. Rolls says 40 percent of those who have ordered a Spectre are new to the brand, and the first year of production, roughly 2500 cars, is already sold out. Deliveries start in November 2023.

The Spectre is that most wonderfully irrational vehicle—a massive, BMW 7-series–sized behemoth with just two doors. It both feels familiar yet represents the ultrasilent way forward for Rolls-Royce.

Specifications

2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre Vehicle Type: front- and rear-motor, all-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE Base: $422,750

POWERTRAIN Front Motor: current-excited synchronous AC, 255 hp, 269 lb-ft Rear Motor: current-excited synchronous AC, 483 hp, 524 lb-ft Combined Power: 577 hp Combined Torque: 664 lb-ft Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 102.0 kWh Onboard Charger: 22.0 kW Peak DC Fast-Charge Rate: 195 kW Transmissions, F/R: direct-drive

DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 126.4 in Length: 215.6 in Width: 79.4 in Height: 61.9 in Passenger Volume, F/R: 55/41 ft 3 Trunk Volume: 13 ft 3 Curb Weight ( C/D est): 6600 lb

PERFORMANCE ( C/D EST) 60 mph: 4.2 sec 100 mph: 9.7 sec 1/4-Mile: 12.5 sec Top Speed: 155 mph

EPA FUEL ECONOMY ( C/D EST) Combined/City/Highway: 73/72/75 MPGe Range: 260 mi

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Dave VanderWerp has spent more than 20 years in the automotive industry, in varied roles from engineering to product consulting, and now leading Car and Driver 's vehicle-testing efforts. Dave got his very lucky start at C/D by happening to submit an unsolicited resume at just the right time to land a part-time road warrior job when he was a student at the University of Michigan, where he immediately became enthralled with the world of automotive journalism.

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2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre Review: Eco-Conscious Excess Never Felt So Good

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By Aaron Bragman

The verdict: The 2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre is the ultra-luxury brand’s first-ever EV, and its fully electric powertrain makes it even more silent, opulent and flat-out lust-worthy than any Rolls-Royce has ever been.

Versus the competition: The Spectre isn’t as fast or crazy as a Lucid Air Sapphire, nor is it as sporty as a Tesla Model S Plaid, but it’s not meant to be; this is a grand touring coupe built for stately, confident motoring.

Here’s an interesting idea: The qualities that make electric vehicles problematic for so many people are the qualities that make conventional Rolls-Royces amazing. Consider: EVs are typically a lot heavier than other cars; so are Rolls-Royces. EVs are a lot quieter than just about every gas-powered car; so are Rolls-Royces. EVs tend to cost a lot more than most other cars; so do Rolls-Royces. Sounds like a Rolls-Royce would make a perfect electric car, doesn’t it?

Related: Here Are the New Electric Vehicles Planned by 2026

Well, the brand seems to think so, and that’s one reason for the new 2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre, the first-ever electric car from the storied high-end brand.

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Big and Stately

So, what is it exactly? The new 2024 Spectre is a two-door coupe that ostensibly replaces the outgoing Wraith coupe and Dawn convertible in the Rolls-Royce lineup — but it’s not a direct replacement, really, as the Spectre is notably larger than the Wraith. In size, mission and price, it’s more of a spiritual successor to the old Phantom Coupe, which was built from 2008-16. Whereas the Wraith was a kind of bad-boy, aggressive, statement-making two-door, the Spectre is a much more sedate, refined and cultured take on a two-door personal luxury coupe.

The Spectre uses what Rolls-Royce calls the Architecture of Luxury, which is the platform that underpins the Ghost, Phantom and a few other vehicles in the lineup, although it’s modified here to accept a traylike battery pack. The Spectre is long and wide, and despite having just two ( very long) doors, it seats four full-sized humans in comfort (which the Wraith did not). And while the Architecture of Luxury platform was designed by BMW (which owns Rolls-Royce), Rolls-Royce wants to assure you this is not a rebodied BMW 7 Series. The Architecture of Luxury is completely aluminum — which BMW-brand platforms are not — and it’s only used for Rolls-Royce products.

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Not Sleek, But Still Stunning

From the outside, it’s obvious that this is a Rolls-Royce. In building its first EV, the company had an opportunity to completely rethink its styling approach, but it instead chose to continue the strategy that’s made it a hip, modern, bespoke luxury brand for the past decade or so. Oh, you thought Rolls-Royce was an old man’s car? Turns out, the average age of a Rolls-Royce buyer is 43 years old, according to the company, which is the youngest average buyer of any of the BMW Group’s brands. That’s right — Rolls-Royce has a younger buyer on average than Mini.

That said, the Spectre is not sleek. Nothing this physically huge can really be described as sleek, but Rolls-Royces aren’t sleek; they’re imposing, upright, chunky and solid, and the Spectre is no different. Take that massive grille up front: Why does this EV even have a grille? All the cooling happens via ducts under the car, not through the grille, but it’s such an iconic part of the Rolls-Royce style that the thing just wouldn’t look right without one. Same with having the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament up there: It’s no longer sitting atop the grille, it’s placed back a little ways but can still do its power-retracting disappearing act.

The Spectre’s big, imposing flanks deliver a high beltline, sloping roofline and big chunky energy all the way to the trunk. The taillights are stylish jewels set into the rear fenders — punched through the metal stamping rather than being located at a seam — and the whole look is just massive, imposing and dramatic. It absolutely gets noticed — as I learned when a woman of a certain age actually pulled up next to me at a stoplight and invited me out for a drink. Not kidding.

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The Finest Interior Anywhere

But like all Rolls-Royces, while it’s great to be seen arriving in one, it’s even better to arrive in one. The doors open “coach style” (we don’t call them “suicide doors” anymore, thank you) and are powered for easy closing. The colors inside can be simply wild; the Spectre I drove was finished in black and yellow, and it’s simply gorgeous. Step in and have a seat, then either use the buttons on the center console or just put your foot on the brake to close the doors.

Once inside, you’ll be immediately struck by a few things. First off is the materials quality. It seriously, literally, does not get better than this. Everything inside the Spectre is incredibly solid; nothing feels plasticky, cheap, flimsy or fake. There’s real metal, and everything that looks like wood is actually wood. In addition to a starlight headliner, you can now get starlight doors . When you tap a fingernail on the round air vents you can tell they’re machined billet aluminum just from the ringing sound they make. And you can customize the cabin in pretty much any color combination you can dream up; the options for mixing and matching are practically endless. Go try the vehicle configurator on Rolls-Royce’s website and you’ll easily lose an hour of your life just playing with the colors. Sitting in this car, you’re never asking yourself why it costs so much; it’s patently obvious. Just how expensive is it? Eh, we’ll get to that in a bit.

A few things to note: The gauge cluster is digital, but you won’t be playing with all kinds of reconfigurable options; it comes one way, in one color, set at the factory. There are plenty of options as to what that one color is, matched to the interior, but once it’s set, it’s a part of the car. The ambient lighting, meanwhile, is white and can’t become a roller disco as all the latest Mercedes-Benz models can. Yes, there are umbrellas in the fenders, and all the traditional Rolls-Royce touches are still here, including push-pull knobs for the vent controls and the marque’s rather inscrutable rotating dials for temperature control. But there’s also a lot of new stuff, such as a multimedia system that has a lot in common with BMW’s iDrive system but isn’t iDrive; it’s a unique Rolls-Royce system that the company calls Spirit.

Comfort is absolutely paramount in a Rolls-Royce, including the Spectre. The seats are big and comfortable, with optional ventilation and massaging features. Visibility out is also surprisingly good, thanks to the upright windows and enormous side mirrors; they’re practically trucklike. I’ve towed trailers behind pickup trucks with smaller mirrors than the Spectre’s. Everything is reasonably easy to use, and few controls are touchscreen-only. Rolls-Royce seems to understand that technology does not equal luxury (something German luxury brands don’t seem to grok), but that true luxury comes from the way something feels when you use it. Think the smooth action of a knob or the precision clicking noise of a button; the Spectre absolutely feels expensive inside.

2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre | Cars.com photo by Christian Lantry

Silent as a Spectre

This is the first-ever electric Rolls-Royce, so how it drives is critically important. As stated, many of the qualities that make EVs so unusual are qualities that make Rolls-Royces so desirable. The Spectre is powered by two motors, one up front and one in back, for continuous all-wheel drive. It produces a total system output of 577 horsepower and 664 pounds-feet of torque, which the company says is good for a 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds. That’s plenty quick for a coupe that weighs more than a Chevrolet Suburban SUV, and it’s sufficient to make the Spectre highly entertaining to drive. The battery is a big 102- kilowatt-hour lithium-ion pack shared with the BMW i7, and while an EPA-estimated driving range wasn’t available as of publication, we expect it’ll be at least 260 miles; after I charged it up overnight, the meter showed 280 miles of range. The average owner, of course, is unlikely to drive a Spectre that far between charges; Rolls-Royce says it expects up to 90% of Spectre owners to charge at home rather than fast-charging in, say, a janky Dunkin Donuts parking lot.

What might be most astonishing about the Spectre is just how normal it is to drive — well, if absolutely dead-silent motoring can be considered normal, which for many Rolls-Royce owners, it can. The Spectre is just more of a good Rolls-Royce thing; other Rolls-Royces are nearly silent, but this one is completely silent: No wind noise, zero powertrain whir until you turn on a specially generated electronic noise, very little tire noise. You can barely even hear cars passing you when your windows are up; it’s just a faint whoosh as they zip past. The Spectre redefines isolation — the loudest thing in this car is the climate-control system, which is to say you hear nothing in it. Just enjoy the lovely audio system or waft along in calming silence.

The Spectre is impressive dynamically, but not for its athleticism. The steering isn’t sporty and neither is the ride, but it does feel excellently controlled, which is important for a vehicle this big and heavy. The suspension tuning won’t encourage you to throw the Spectre into twisty curves, but it won’t embarrass itself if you encounter some on your drive between the beach house and mountain cabin. The brakes are powerful, and there’s a “B” button on the transmission stalk to engage much more aggressive regenerative braking, though it’s not quite one-pedal driving. There are no adjustable suspension modes or any kind of Sport mode — that just wouldn’t be proper for a Rolls-Royce. This car is meant to be coddling, confident and solid, and it is. Driving any Rolls-Royce is an experience, but driving this one takes that experience to the next level.

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The Shape of Things to Come

We’d better get used to the idea of all-electric Rolls-Royces. This kind of powertrain makes so much sense for these cars, taking luxurious quietness to new heights. It doesn’t need 500 miles of range, either, as most Rolls-Royces are not road-tripped. They’re rarely even daily drivers; these cars are typically used for short jaunts. Rolls-Royce surveyed the people who’ve ordered the Spectre, and 40% were new to the brand. A lot of those buyers said they were waiting for Rolls-Royce to make an EV before they bought one because they wanted something more eco-friendly. I can’t speak to the mental gymnastics it takes to justify buying a $422,000 “eco-friendly” electric car that you’ll drive to the airport to board your Gulfstream jet for a weekend in Santorini, but that’s what some owners said.

A more likely reason for buying an electric Rolls-Royce is the fact that a lot of big global cities are contemplating not allowing gas-powered cars into their city centers in the coming years. Rolls-Royce will be ready for this possibility with an all-EV lineup by 2030, and if the new Spectre is any indication of what’s to come, Rolls-Royce buyers will be absolutely thrilled by just how much more Rolls-Roycey their luxury cars are about to be thanks to electrification.

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The rolls-royce spectre is a showcase for how luxury motoring is set to flourish under electric power.

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Rolls-Royce Spectre verdict

In many ways, the Rolls-Royce Spectre feels a little like a tech demo of how electric power can heighten the luxury-car experience. The Spectre’s duo of electric motors surpass the maker’s legendary V12 engine in terms of smoothness and power delivery, while the silent acceleration helps further separate the Roller’s inevitably wealthy driver and passengers from the peasantry driving around in BMWs and Audis. Add to this some of the finest craftsmanship we’ve seen in an electric car and Rolls-Royce’s first attempt at a zero-emissions vehicle proves that great British engineering is ready to survive and thrive in this new electrified era.

Details, specs and alternatives

For a long time, an electric car was deemed a luxury item, not least due to the majority of models being so expensive. Now with affordable options on the market like the MG4 and BYD Dolphin , what defines luxury zero-emissions motoring? While there are certainly options out there for the esteemed company CEO to be chauffeured around in such as the Mercedes EQS and BMW i7 , what about the even wealthier shareholders?

Well, Rolls-Royce thinks it might have the answer in its latest model: the all-electric Spectre. A two-door luxury grand-tourer, the British brand’s first EV sits in a league of its own in the new car market as we await fully-electric models from the likes of Bentley and even Land Rover.

Weighing-in at almost three tonnes, the Rolls-Royce Spectre is powered by a frankly huge 102kWh battery which, according to the brand, accounts for around 700kg of the car’s overall bulk. This is partnered with a robust duo of electric motors that provide what we’re sure Rolls-Royce would describe as a ‘sufficient’ 577bhp and 900Nm of torque. 

There are no trim levels to speak of as every Rolls-Royce 'commission’ is said to be unique. There are 13 ‘Standard’ colours to choose from, as well as 16 shades from the  'Commissioned Collection’. But fork out enough cash and Rolls-Royce will paint your car any colour you like. The same goes for the interior upholstery.

With a lengthy options list that makes Porsche’s look back-to-basics, it’s fair to say no Spectre will leave the factory in Goodwood at the £330,000 base price. There will also be a long wait for eager customers, as the millionaires and billionaires of the world have already lined up in numbers, with the British maker currently quoting an 18-month lead time.

Range, battery size & charging

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Given the sheer enormity of the Spectre’s dimensions, you won’t be surprised that it boasts one of the largest batteries currently fitted to any EV. Rolls-Royce says the pack’s 102kWh capacity provides a range of up to 339 miles, which is enough to take you from London to Paris on a single charge – provided you’re gentle with the accelerator.

Maximum charging speeds stand at 195kW – the same as a BMW i7 – so if you can find a fast enough ultra-rapid public charger , you can top-up the Spectre from 10-80% in just 35 minutes. A full charge at home will take significantly longer, though, at around 14 hours from a 7kW wallbox .

Running costs & insurance

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If you can afford a £300,000+ electric Rolls-Royce, the cost of charging and insurance likely aren’t an issue. Nevertheless, for the sake of fairness, we thought we’d at least cover the basics in this regard. Business bosses putting the Spectre through as a company car will save a fortune versus the equivalent V8 or V12; those in the 40% income tax bracket will pay ‘just’ £2,640 per year.

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Like all electric cars, the Spectre is exempt from road tax ( VED ) and can enter London’s Congestion Charge and Ultra-Low Emissions ( ULEZ ) zones for free – perfect for cruising around Mayfair. Insurance is likely to be astronomical, though, as we doubt most mainstream insurers would take on a car of such immense value. 

A full charge at the current average electricity rate of 30p per kWh means the Spectre will cost around £30 to top-up at home, while the average rapid charging rate of 79p per kWh means a 10-80% charge at a public charger will cost around £56 – cheaper than filling-up petrol Rolls, but expensive for an EV nonetheless.

Performance, motor & drive

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Driving a Rolls-Royce has always been somewhat akin to land-yachting, and while the three-tonne Spectre is no different in this regard, it certainly impresses. As you’d expect, it’s incredibly comfortable on the move, gliding along the road like a magic carpet. It can, like most EVs, get a bit fidgety over the roughest of surfaces at low speeds, but on the motorway, the Spectre feels even more composed than even the range-topping petrol Phantom.

We weren’t too keen on the Spectre’s relatively jerky regenerative braking ‘B-mode’, but we were surprised by how grippy the car was when the road got a bit twisty. We doubt any Rolls-Royce owner is looking to use the Spectre to attack a mountain road, but if you’re a little late for a business meeting, the effortless power of the electric motors will propel you there in a swift yet measured manner.

What truly stunned us, however, was how quiet the electric Rolls is when on the move – never has the saying “the loudest noise inside [a] Rolls-Royce comes from the clock” been so accurate. There is a ‘motion noise’ setting which will play artificial sounds through the speakers if you can’t deal with the Spectre’s ghostly silence, but we think the lack of ambient noise adds to the tranquillity of the driving experience.

Interior, dashboard & infotainment

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Rolls-Royce pins itself as the pinnacle of luxury and the Spectre only reaffirms this. It’s hard to describe how expensive the interior feels, but let’s just say everything you touch feels as if it should be mounted behind glass at a museum. There’s no plastics to be seen – everywhere is wrapped in either leather, wood or solid aluminium.

As mentioned, you can have your Spectre’s interior in almost any colour – our test car was specified in a rather modish purple and white to match the exterior. Like the majority of Rolls-Royce models over the past couple of decades, you can configure your Spectre’s headlining to be lined with LEDs in what the maker calls ‘Starlights’. 

Frivolities aside, there’s plenty of well-damped physical buttons and switches, with the central infotainment system taking a bit of a backseat compared with the flashy Hyperscreens of Mercedes-Benz luxury EV models. This is controlled via a BMW iDrive-style rotary dial (dressed in leather, of course) and contains all the basic functions like sat-nav and smartphone connectivity.

Boot space, seating & practicality

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What good is an electric luxury car if there isn’t the space to take some of your pampered pals along for the ride? Thankfully, there’s plenty of room behind the front seats for two six-footers to sit comfortably; neither rear passenger will feel short-changed as both back seats get their own climate zones as well as heating and ventilation functions. 

If you’re planning to carry more than a few shopping bags from Harrods, then you’ll probably be out of luck; despite being the size of a small aircraft carrier, the Spectre only has a 380-litre boot – smaller than a Cupra Born ’s load space. Worse still, 50 litres of that is taken up by underfloor cable storage, and you can’t fold the rear seats down to free up some extra space.

Reliability & safety rating

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Rolls-royce spectre unveiled: the marque’s first fully-electric motor car, 18.10.2022 press release, in 1900, rolls-royce co-founder, charles rolls, prophesised an electric future for the motor car. having acquired an electric vehicle named the columbia electric carriage, he foresaw its suitability as a clean, noiseless alternative to the internal combustion engine – providing there was sufficient infrastructure to support it. today, more than 120 years later, the time has come for rolls-royce motor cars to fulfil the prophecy of its founding father., press contact..

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  • Rolls-Royce debuts Spectre, the marque’s first fully-electric motor car
  • Spectre is a prophecy fulfilled, a promise kept and an undertaking completed
  • Spectre “demonstrates how perfectly Rolls-Royce is suited to electrification”
  • Spectre heralds the beginning of all-electric era for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
  • Built on the Rolls-Royce all-aluminium Architecture of Luxury
  • Spectre uses new SPIRIT software architecture with full Whispers integration
  • World’s first Ultra-Luxury Electric Super Coupé is spiritual successor to Phantom Coupé
  • First customer cars to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2023

  “Spectre possesses all the qualities that have secured the Rolls-Royce legend. 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. Spectre’s all-electric powertrain will assure the marque’s sustained success and relevance while dramatically increasing the definition of each characteristic that makes a Rolls-Royce a Rolls-Royce. “At Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, perfection is about more than making the very best products. It is a culture, an attitude and our guiding philosophy. Indeed, it is our founding father Sir Henry Royce who said, ‘strive for perfection in everything you do’. Spectre has been conceived within this culture. It is perfectly in tune with the sensibilities of our time. It 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. “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.” Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars “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.” The Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls, Co-Founder, Rolls-Royce, 1900 A PROPHECY FULFILLED. A PROMISE KEPT. AN EXTRAORDINARY UNDERTAKING. In 1900, Rolls-Royce co-founder, Charles Rolls, prophesised an electric future for the motor car. Having acquired an electric vehicle named The Columbia Electric Carriage, he foresaw its suitability as a clean, noiseless alternative to the internal combustion engine – providing there was sufficient infrastructure to support it. Today, more than 120 years later, the time has come for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to fulfil the prophecy of its founding father. This prophecy could not have been fulfilled without a more recent promise, when Rolls-Royce CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, made a public commitment to electrification by announcing that he would bring a fully-electric Rolls-Royce to market within the current decade. Charles Rolls’ prophecy and Torsten Müller-Ötvös’ promise led to an historic moment. In September 2021, the marque confirmed that it had commenced testing of Spectre, the first Rolls-Royce to be conceived and engineered from the very beginning as an electric car. To ensure that this transformative motor car was sufficiently prepared for the most demanding consumer in the world – the Rolls-Royce client – the marque devised the most exhaustive testing programme it had ever conceived. Spectre is being subjected to a journey of more than 2.5 million kilometres, simulating more than 400 years of use for a Rolls-Royce. On its completion in 2023, Spectre will represent a prophecy fulfilled, a promise kept and an undertaking completed. Spectre is not only an historic moment for Rolls-Royce, but also an historic moment for electrification – with Spectre, the marque confirms that the technology has reached a standard that can contain the Rolls-Royce experience. To that end, Rolls-Royce has confirmed that by the end of 2030 its entire product portfolio will be fully-electric. THE FUTURE BEGINS Spectre is more than a motor car. It is a statement of intent and a symbol of a bright, bold future as Rolls-Royce progresses into an all-electric era. This commitment to an all-electric powertrain will only enhance the Rolls-Royce experience – instant torque, silent running and the sense of one imperceptible gear have defined the characteristics of an extraordinary canon of products dating back to the very first Rolls-Royce, the 1904 10 H.P. With Spectre, Rolls-Royce has harnessed a revolutionary ‘Decentralised Intelligence’ system that allows for the free and direct exchange of information between more than 1,000 vehicle functions, further elevating the marque’s celebrated quality of ride. Its designers have captured a contemporary yet timeless aesthetic that significantly progresses the brand’s iconography as it embarks on its electric age. Its craftspeople have created a suite of contemporary prêt-à-porter personalisation possibilities, including Starlight Doors and Illuminated Fascia, inspiring clients to realise their own Bespoke visions. DESIGN In unveiling Spectre, Rolls-Royce sets a new precedent in the creation of an entirely original class of motor car: the Ultra-Luxury Electric Super Coupé. This designation refers to Spectre’s indulgent proportions, specified in response to a commitment that there is no greater luxury than that of space. The marque’s designers are deeply rooted in the context occupied by their motor cars. Therefore, their inspiration is drawn from worlds far beyond automotive, including haute couture, modernist sculpture, nautical design, tailoring and contemporary art. In conceiving the principal sketches for Spectre, the marque’s creatives were drawn to modern yacht concepts, specifically the clarity and precision of line, intelligent use of reflection and application of taper to emotionalise silhouettes. From the front, Spectre’s split headlight treatment is intersected by the widest grille ever bestowed on a Rolls-Royce. The vanes of the Pantheon grille are now smoother in section and a flusher fit, designed to help guide the air around the motor car’s front. The relaxed angle and polished stainless steel finish of the grille does much to enhance Spectre’s presence using environmental reflection. Along with an aero-tuned Spirit of Ecstasy figurine – itself the product of 830 combined hours of design modelling and wind tunnel testing – the grille enhances the motor car’s unprecedented drag coefficient, which at just 0.25cd makes Spectre Rolls-Royce’s most aerodynamic motor car, ever. This intelligent treatment has been married to the iconography of Spectre’s spiritual predecessor, the Phantom Coupé. Spectre clearly acknowledges its forebear with its generous proportions and split headlight treatment – a contemporary Rolls-Royce design tenet. Spectre’s sharp daylight running lights emphasise the motor car’s imperious two-metre width and are offset with lower lamp clusters that appear darkened, at first glance, but hide jewellery box-like darkened chromium housings for the headlights. To affirm Spectre’s expression after dark, the grille is softly illuminated, with 22 LEDs lighting up the sandblasted rear side of each of the vanes, their gentle glow reflected in the polished front surfaces for a subtle and three-dimensional night signature. In profile, the sharp, vertical bow line at the front of Spectre draws the eye rearward to its monolithic flanks. The lower line – known as the ‘waft line’ – borrows directly from yacht design. Instead of exaggerating movement with busy detailing or appliqués, Spectre’s coachwork gently tucks into the sill, lightening the surfacing and creating an uncomplicated sense of motion by reflecting the road passing beneath it, much as the hull of a racing yacht reflects the ocean as it cuts through water. This ‘waft line’ is the visual representation of the ‘magic carpet ride’ and its upwards sweep toward the front is inspired by the gently lifting bow of an accelerating power boat. The silhouette’s most dramatic feature is Spectre’s fastback, which recalls the most evocative motor cars and watercraft in history. The seamlessness of the greenhouse surfacing significantly contributes to achieving the lowest drag coefficient ever for a Rolls-Royce. Following the roofline back, the tail lamps are set into the largest single body panel ever produced for a Rolls-Royce, which extends from the A-pillar to the luggage compartment. The jewel-like vertical tail lamps themselves are colourless for neutrality, in anticipation of the myriad of colourways selected by clients during the commissioning process. Their precision and reduced dimension complement the generous flow of the bodywork from the muscular shoulders backwards into the tail section with its characteristic tapering plan view. The proportional demands of Spectre’s scale required Rolls-Royce to embolden its wheel strategy. Spectre is the first production two-door coupé to be equipped with 23-inch wheels in almost one hundred years. Inside, Spectre is provisioned with the most technologically advanced Bespoke features yet, drawing inspiration from the timeless mystique of the night’s sky. For the first time on a series production Rolls-Royce, Spectre is available with Starlight Doors, which incorporate 4,796 softly illuminated ‘stars’. The coach doors can also be commissioned with a backdrop of wood Canadel Panelling, which takes its name from the cove in the South of France where Sir Henry Royce and his design team spent their winters. The ethereal night-time theme continues with Spectre’s Illuminated Fascia. Developed over the course of two years and more than 10,000 collective hours, it incorporates the Spectre nameplate surrounded by a cluster of over 5,500 stars. Located on the passenger side of the dashboard, the illuminations are completely invisible when the motor car is not in operation. Alongside the extraordinary, illuminated surfaces, Spectre is equipped with a completely redesigned digital architecture of luxury named SPIRIT, presented in quintessential Rolls-Royce style. Not only will SPIRIT manage the motor car’s functions, but it is seamlessly integrated into the marque’s Whispers application, allowing clients to interact with their car remotely, and receive live information curated by the marque’s luxury intelligence specialists. For the first time ever, clients are now able to extend their Bespoke commission beyond the physical world and into the digital architecture that underpins SPIRIT. Inspired by the marque’s clients’ love of bespoke timepieces, the colour of the dials can now complement the interior hue of the motor car. As with all Rolls-Royce motor cars, Spectre’s interior suite offers clients near-infinite Bespoke possibilities. The all-new front seat design has been inspired by British tailoring, with lapel sections that can be rendered in contrasting or matching colours to the main base. Bespoke stitching, embroidery and intricate piping has, as ever, been considered in their inception. ALL-ALUMINIUM ARCHITECTURE OF LUXURY 2003 saw the first Goodwood-era Phantom, built upon its own Bespoke architecture. This renaissance of the brand was Rolls-Royce 1.0. Following this, the ‘Architecture of Luxury’ was conceived – a new, highly flexible all-aluminium spaceframe architecture, and visionary feat of engineering, that could be tailored for electric drive, as well as today’s Phantom, Cullinan and Ghost models, and Coachbuild projects. This expansion of the marque’s offering was Rolls-Royce 2.0. The ability to tailor the Architecture of Luxury for electric drive was a fundamental consideration when it was first conceived. However, it is only now that electric drive technology is advanced enough to fulfil the Rolls-Royce experience. The introduction of a fully-electric powertrain and Decentralised Intelligence into the marque’s portfolio represents Rolls-Royce 3.0 and the beginning of the bold new all-electric era. By ensuring from the outset that the Architecture of Luxury could be tailored to the requirements of an all-electric Rolls-Royce, the marque’s engineers ensured the continuity of experience from its current portfolio, each evolution of which has done much to secure the brand’s ongoing global success. Indeed, the inherent flexibility of the architecture and ease of integration of an electric powertrain has freed engineers, designers and craftspeople to focus on the quality of experience, authenticity of design and innovation in Bespoke. For Spectre, Rolls-Royce engineers have unlocked further benefits. The sophisticated extruded aluminium sections and integration of the battery into the structure of the motor car enable it to be 30% stiffer than any previous Rolls-Royce. The flexibility of the architecture has also allowed engineers to place the floor halfway between the sill structures rather than on top or underneath them. A channel has been created for wiring and climate control pipework between the battery and the floor, with the battery mounted underneath, providing a perfectly smooth underfloor profile. This not only creates a low seating position and enveloping cabin but realises a secondary function for the battery – almost 700kg of sound deadening. DIGITAL ENGINEERING For Spectre, Rolls-Royce’s engineers have seen much of their discipline pivot from the workshop to the digital space. Spectre is the most connected Rolls-Royce in history, and in harnessing the power of the motor car’s remarkable Decentralised Intelligence processing capabilities there is more requirement than ever for expert human experience. To ensure the continuity of the Rolls-Royce experience, as well as its progression, the marque selected the most experienced test and development engineers to lead the project, some of whom have been with the marque for more than two decades and were responsible for creating the first ‘Goodwood-era’ Phantom. These engineers describe the experience offered by Spectre as akin to “Rolls-Royce in high definition” on account of the speed and accuracy of the motor car’s response to a worldwide spread of road and weather conditions. For this to be realised, a dedicated control has been handmade for each of the 141,200 sender-receiver variables, and in nearly all cases engineers have designed several more sub-variables for variations in climate, ground speed, road type, vehicle status and driving style. These have been crafted over the course of Spectre’s 2.5 million kilometre testing programme both on advanced proving grounds and on real roads around the world. PLANAR SUSPENSION In testing Spectre, the process includes extreme driving conditions – development of the motor car began just 55km from the arctic circle in Arjeplog, Sweden, at temperatures as low as -40 degrees centigrade, and it will continue across Southern Africa, in temperatures of up to 55 degrees centigrade. Yet, 55% of testing is taking place on the very roads that many production Spectres will be driven on. Of particular significance was the French Riviera. It was on the Côte d'Azur that Spectre’s digitally integrated evolution of the renowned Planar suspension system was finalised. Planar suspension is an orchestra of systems with precisely defined responses to driver inputs and road conditions, made possible by the latest software and hardware developments, delivering Rolls-Royce’s hallmark ‘magic carpet ride’. Using a suite of new hardware components and leveraging Spectre’s high-speed processing capabilities, the Planar system can decouple the car’s anti-roll bars allowing each wheel to act independently, preventing the rocking motion that occurs when one side of a vehicle hits an undulation in the road. This also reduces high-frequency ride imperfections caused by shortcomings in road surface quality. Once a corner is identified as imminent, the Planar system recouples the components and stiffens the dampers, the four-wheel steering system is then prepared for activation to ensure effortless entry and exit. Under cornering, 18 sensors are monitored, and steering, braking, power delivery and suspension parameters are adjusted so that Spectre remains stable. The result is effortless control. POWER, RANGE AND DIMENSIONS The final power, acceleration and range figures are still being refined, as the extraordinary undertaking of finessing Spectre enters its final phase before concluding in the second quarter of 2023. Preliminary data shows that Spectre is expected to have an all-electric range of 320 miles/520 kilometres WLTP and offer 900Nm of torque from its 430kW powertrain. It is anticipated to achieve 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 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. SPECTRE DIMENSIONS:     Number of doors / seats         2 doors / 4 seats

Vehicle length                         5453 mm / 214.685 in

Vehicle width                           2080 mm / 81.889 in

Vehicle height (unladen)          1559 mm / 61.377 in

Wheelbase                              3210 mm / 126.378 in

Turning circle                           12.7 m

Kerb weight                             2975 kg

MARKET DEBUT Spectre is available for commission immediately, with first client deliveries commencing in Q4 2023. Spectre pricing will be positioned between Cullinan and Phantom.

CO2 EMISSIONS & CONSUMPTION.

WLTP: Power consumption: 2.9 mi/kWh. / 21.5 kWh/100km*. Electric range: 323 miles / 520 kilometres*. Co2 emissions 0 g/km.

*Preliminary data not yet confirmed, subject to change.

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Rolls-Royce Spectre Drive: Inside an Epic $420,000 EV

The ultimate EV for big spenders.

Rolls-Royce Spectre EV

You know you're doing okay as a brand when your very name is used as a mark of quality. There are plenty of things out there optimistically referred to as "The Rolls-Royce of X," but when it comes to cars, there's only one. Now, when it comes to EVs, there's only one of those, too: the Rolls-Royce Spectre .

While some mainstream manufacturers like Toyota and Dodge are still struggling to get their heads around consumer demand for fully electric cars, 119-year-old Rolls is diving in with both feet, creating an EV that is wholly new and radically different than anything that's come before, yet painstakingly tuned to be immediately familiar.

When it comes to Rolls-Royce, being familiar means being very, very good.

It starts with the look. From a distance, the Spectre seems a little different from any other modern Roller. As you get a little closer, though, you'll notice the body is covered in fine creases and surfaces that help this thing cheat the wind.

Rolls-Royce Spectre EV

Despite that upright, Pantheon-inspired grille, the Spectre has an aerodynamic drag coefficient of just 0.25. That's remarkably good for a car with so many right angles, actually slightly better than the (admittedly taller) Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV , which was so brutalized in the wind tunnel it came out looking hardly recognizable as a Mercedes.

Not so with the Spectre, which does have a few unflattering angles (the hunched back is a bit ungainly from the rear, while the stacked headlights just look a bit odd to me), but on the whole manages to look fresh while staying traditional.

It's the proportions, though, that are really striking, especially given this is a two-door. I can tell you that, as big as it looks in photos, the Spectre is even bigger in person: 18 feet long and 6.6 wide to be exact. That gives this coupe a more prodigious footprint even than a Cadillac Escalad e. Thankfully, it casts a far more sultry, desirable shadow, and all that room means plenty of space for the 102-kilowatt-hour battery pack that should provide somewhere around 250 miles of range on the EPA testing cycle.

Much of that length is found in the nose, again a nod towards Rolls-Royce tradition and probably the least sensible styling cue here. This is, after all, an electric car, and though it features a whopping 584 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque delivered to all four wheels, that power comes from a pair of relatively tiny motors that slot in nicely between the giant, 23-inch wheels.

In other words, there's no need for that long nose. Popping the hood reveals not a gaping frunk nor a bundle of wires. There's nothing under there but a big metal plate embossed with a shiny Rolls-Royce logo. Yes, that feels more than a little wasteful, but then efficiency isn't what this is all about.

Rolls-Royce Spectre EV

No frunk to see here.

Storage space overall is a bit limited, 13.4-cubic-foot trunk offering about as much capacity as a Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan. The interior is likewise surprisingly compact relative to the exterior dimensions. Getting into the rear seats requires a bit of an awkward shuffle, but once you're back there it's a comfortable cocoon with plenty of room between you and a headliner perforated with fiber-optics to emulate a sparkling evening sky.

It's cozy back there for sure, but the best seats are the two up front. Up there you have a better view through the cropped windscreen over that prodigious nose, plus better access to all the finery offered by the interior. Like other Rolls-Royce cars, Spectre materials are on another level compared to your average luxury car.

Every piece of wood is mounted with the grain aligned just so. Every stitch falls perfectly into line with all those sewn into place before. Every control surface made of metal is polished to a perfect luster. The circular vents are a particular treat, the push/pull mechanism that closes and opens them moving with a delicate weight.

It's impossible to not spend a few minutes reaching out and touching everything. Your fingerprints will soon be all over the place, making this a particularly bad place to do a murder in. Also, it'd be an awful shame to get blood on that deep-pile carpet.

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Woodgrain and stitching are proving grounds of perfection in the Rolls-Royce Spectre.

When you're done fondling and ready to drive, you annoyingly have to press a button to turn the Spectre on. This seems like an unnecessary formality on an EV, since the car knows damned well that your ass is in the driver's seat, but once powered up and slotted into D there's very little else to worry about. While there is a touchscreen and an old-school, BMW i-Drive style rotary controller that can be used for configuring vehicle options, the Spectre was really meant to be left alone.

There are no drive modes to toggle through here, no manual suspension settings or the like. In fact, other than the seat controls, the only concession to driver preference is a button labeled "B" that boosts the regenerative braking. This is, without a doubt, the most finely tuned one-pedal mode I have ever experienced in an EV, offering enough braking to bring the car to a stop in a reasonable amount of time while doing so in a calm, easy way.

Rolls engineers spent 1.5 million miles of testing to perfect this thing, and it is mighty close to perfection. It starts with an oddly lazy throttle, a polar opposite from the snatchy, twitchy go pedal on something like a Tesla Model S Plaid . The Spectre has plenty of power and acceleration, enough to get up to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, but you really need to shove that accelerator deep into the aforementioned deep-pile if you want to move that quickly.

This is a car much more about wafting along, so the long throttle and equally lazy brake pedal quickly feel like second nature, enabling seamless, perfect stops of the sort only the finest chauffeurs could manage on a lesser car. The steering likewise has a relaxed feel, as does the suspension, which is more about cosseting than cornering.

It all does conspire to make you feel a bit detached from the road, but not in an undesirable way. The steering actually has good precision to it and the Spectre corners quite nimbly when driven with a bit of aggression, helped by a rear-steering system that, Spanx-like, masks those prodigious dimensions.

Driving aggressively in this thing just feels wrong, though. Better to sit back and coast, enjoy the decadent sound system, and succumb to the guilty feeling of superiority that comes along with motoring in a car that starts at $420,000 but goes way, way up from there. (The cars you see here all had about $100,000 worth of mostly cosmetic enhancements.)

Rolls-Royce Spectre EV

That Spectre sound system helps deliver something that I was sure I'd hate but quickly fell in love with, a fake engine noise so cinematic it must have been created by Christopher Nolan's favorite audio engineer. When enabled, accelerating hard in the Spectre generates a tone that I can only describe as sounding like a bumblebee trapped in a reverb factory. It swells louder the harder you go, a subtle accompaniment to the unrelenting torque that pulls you back into those plush seats.

When disabled, there's virtually no noise inside the cabin at all. I've driven a lot of EVs and this is easily the most quiet, so quiet that the whisper of air coming through the cabin vents becomes an unwelcome distraction. I'm hoping that Rolls' engineers find a way to hush that in future EVs.

As you accelerate, details like speed and range are communicated to you via a heads-up display and a digital gauge cluster that's been designed with a lovely style, a little dose of art deco amidst all the numbers.

Rolls-Royce Spectre EV

New electric motors, same classic Rolls-Royce look.

Outside of the the other-worldly sound effects and the near-perfect silence, everything else I've described here is very much like every other Rolls-Royce in production today. In fact, this interior is more or less lifted wholesale from other modern Rollers like the Ghost

On first blush, that familiarity is a bit disappointing. It's hard to not want this 119-year-old company to do something radically different and fresh. But then, Rolls-Royce customers, people who can actually afford to spend half a million dollars on a car like this, have come to expect a certain character and poise from their machines. Heritage and legacy matter, and the Spectre upholds that.

The Spirit of Ecstacy, that iconic figure hunched over the nose of every Rolls-Royce, was a sculpture commissioned in 1910 to embody "the spirit of the Rolls-Royce, namely, speed with silence, absence of vibration, the mysterious harnessing of great energy and a beautiful living organism of superb grace."

It's hard to imagine any other car on the road today better typifying that ideal. With Rolls-Royce pledging to make each and every one of its cars electric by 2030, it looks like we're all going to have to start working up some new superlatives.

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All-electric Spectre helps Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to 'record year'

The 119-year old marque, which never gives much away in terms of figures, says its ambition to build only fully electric cars by the end of 2030 is on track.

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Monday 8 January 2024 08:19, UK

The Spectre is the company's first all-electric vehicle. Pic: R-RMC

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has reported another year of record sales, bolstered by a recovery in China and the launch of its new all-electric Spectre model.

The Goodwood-based firm, which is owned by BMW, said 6,032 vehicles were delivered to customers in 2023 - a slight uptick on the previous 12 months .

The performance was driven, the company said, by demand for its existing Cullinan, Ghost and Phantom marques, with buyers all securing a degree of individuality for their cars under its growing Bespoke programme.

A burgeoning Coachbuild operation also allows for the customer to be involved in every stage of the design and production process.

The highest number of sales were achieved in North America, with Greater China following after a tough 2022 amid a lag in the lifting of COVID pandemic restrictions in the world's second-largest economy.

The UK remained the firm's largest European market.

Rolls-Royce ceased production of Wraith and Dawn models in 2023 in favour of its new Spectre model.

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The company's first all-electric cars were shipped in the autumn, it said, without giving any figures.

The milestone marked the start of a shift that will see Rolls produce only fully electric cars by the end of 2030.

It hired an additional 180 staff last year and is planning to expand its Goodwood operations to help achieve this ambition.

The firm's fortunes contrast sharply with the wider motor vehicle sector as customers of Rolls are largely high net worth individuals unlikely to be affected by cost of living and other pressures such as hikes to borrowing costs that have impacted demand at the high volume manufacturers.

Figures released by the Society for Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) on Friday showed that while the number of new cars registered in the UK grew by around 18% last year, the boost came from businesses investing in large fleets.

Growth in private registrations was flat.

Chief executive of Rolls, Chris Brownridge, succeeded Torsten Muller-Otvos following his retirement at the end of November last year.

He said of the company's performance: "2023 was another extraordinary year for Rolls-Royce, with strong sales performances in all regions and across the full product portfolio.

"It's especially encouraging to see the enormous interest in and demand for Spectre, supporting the decision to adopt a bold, 'all-electric' strategy for future model development and production.

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"The record level of Bespoke commissions, both by volume and value, also underlines our position within the luxury sector, offering our clients opportunities for self-expression and personalisation they cannot find anywhere else."

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He added: "As incoming CEO, I'm in the extremely fortunate position of taking over responsibility for a business in robust good health, with strong foundations and a clear strategy for growth and development, formidable technical capabilities and a focused, dedicated team.

"I'm looking forward to working with the entire Rolls-Royce team to maintain this momentum and take this great company forward with confidence and conviction."

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Rolls-royce lance sa première voiture tout électrique, un coupé imposant aux allures encore familières. le moniteur automobile était présent lors de la présentation exclusive en californie pour l'essayer..

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Le passage à la propulsion électrique, aucun constructeur automobile n'y échappe plus. Pas même Rolls-Royce, qui reste la marque la plus exclusive au monde. Les Britanniques aiment à prétendre qu'ils construisent les meilleures voitures, on peut donc s'attendre à ce qu'ils mettent au point le meilleur véhicule électrique. D'autant plus que les coûts de développement de cette marque ne semblent guère être freinés, les clients potentiels n'ayant que faire de quelques dizaines de milliers d'euros en plus ou en moins.

Nous ne dévoilerons pas notre conclusion ici, bien sûr, mais il est évident que nos attentes pour cette première rencontre dans la magnifique et, à cette époque de l'année, brûlante Napa Valley en Californie étaient élevées. Plus de 2,5 millions de kilomètres d'essai dans à peu près toutes les conditions, et donc les plus extrêmes, ont précédé ce lancement, les Britanniques nous affirmant même que cela simulait l'utilisation "normale" d'une voiture pendant quelque... 400 ans. Oui, la Spectre ne peut donc pas être autre chose que la nouvelle référence d'une offre de VE qui s'élargit presque chaque jour.

La voiture devrait, dixit Rolls-Royce, prouver que la conduite électrique est possible même si vous visez le plus haut en termes de luxe et de performance. Elle devrait être capable de faire tout ce que les modèles V12 peuvent faire, et même plus, de préférence. La Spectre marque en même temps le début d'une nouvelle ère. D'ici à la fin de la décennie, l'ensemble de la gamme sera électrique ; entre-temps, aucun nouveau modèle à moteur à combustion ne sera développé. Il ne faut donc pas s'attendre à une solution provisoire hybride (plug-in) pour, par exemple, le Cullinan . Après tout, chez Rolls-Royce, on ne fait jamais de compromis.

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Carrosserie et dimensions de la Rolls-Royce Spectre

Rolls-Royce commence donc son offensive électrique par un coupé. Pardon : avec un super coupé électrique ultra-luxueux. Le design de la Spectre ne surprend guère. Vous pourriez toujours facilement faire croire à vos voisins que sous l'immense "capot" se cache un V12. D'ailleurs, le constructeur qualifie l'allure de la voiture d'intemporelle, indiquant également que la toute nouvelle forme de propulsion ne nécessitait certainement pas un tout nouveau design. Il s'agit avant tout d'une Rolls-Royce et accessoirement d'une voiture électrique.

La Spectre est un énorme mastodonte de 5475 mm qui peut être catalogué comme un fastback à deux portes. Il est possible de le considérer comme le successeur (plus élégant) de la Phantom Coupé. Aucune nouvelle plateforme n'a été conçue pour cette voiture, qui repose sur une évolution de l'architecture de luxe qui sert également les autres modèles de la marque depuis un certain temps. En fait, Rolls-Royce "révèle" aujourd'hui qu'elle a été conçue dès le départ avec (également) l'intention de l'utiliser pour une voiture entièrement électrique.

À l'avant, on reconnaît ses origines aux blocs optiques très fins et, bien sûr, à la calandre typique (avec 22 LED) et même encore plus large. Il est vrai pourtant qu'une voiture électrique n'a pas vraiment besoin d'une telle "construction". Les ailes du célèbre Spirit of Ecstasy ont été légèrement modifiées après pas moins de 830 heures de modélisation et de tests en soufflerie, un détail qui, avec beaucoup d'autres, a permis d'obtenir un coefficient de traînée de 0,25 assez impressionnant. Même les feux arrière, légèrement en saillie et, à notre goût, un peu moins réussis, y contribuent. Bien sûr, ce sont surtout les formes particulièrement pures de la longue voiture qui expliquent ce résultat favorable.

Le chef du design danois, Anders Warming, le résume brièvement comme un jeu de trois coups de crayon, où beaucoup d'inspiration a été trouvée dans le design des voiliers modernes et aérodynamiques. Les lignes apparemment relativement simples se prêtent également très bien à une carrosserie en deux couleurs. Des éléments comme les feux arrière déjà mentionnés et la célèbre statue sur le museau sont appelés "îles dans un lac". Ce n'est pas mal de pouvoir parler des qualités esthétiques de sa voiture de cette manière.

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Intérieur et coffre de la Rolls-Royce Spectre

S'il n'y a pas eu trop de révolution au niveau de l'esthétique, il en a été de même pour l'intérieur. En termes d'espace et de confort, la Spectre devait rester une vraie Rolls-Royce, avec toutes les options de personnalisation connues avec, pour la première fois, le magnifique éclairage Starlight des panneaux de porte. Ce dernier compte pas moins de 4796 étoiles. Vous pouvez également opter pour une alternative Canadel avec un choix de bois différents, toujours fabriqués à la main et bien sûr très raffinés.

L'intérieur, absolument magnifique, semble même un peu minimaliste, avec quelques boutons classiques à pousser et à tourner et surtout un écran d'infodivertissement aux dimensions plutôt modestes. Pas quesiton d'avoir écran semblable à celui de Tesla pour gâcher complètement l'atmosphère qui règne ici. Le tableau de bord numérique semble également assez "simple" à première vue. Vous pouvez pourtant faire correspondre les couleurs des jauges, de toute façon joliment façonnées, à celles du cuir de la voiture.

Les concepteurs pensent que de nombreux clients potentiels de la Spectre ont également des notions très modernes de durabilité, mais ils ajoutent immédiatement que même une Rolls-Royce électrique doit évidemment rester l'un des produits de luxe les plus convoités au monde. Une démonstration (sur roues) des valeurs de ceux qui la conduisent et un symbole de leurs réalisations. Une touche sympathique est la description des nombreux extras et des divers détails de finition comme une sorte de narration, notamment les petites étoiles sur le plafond et les portes, sur le parapluie dans l'un des piliers de porte et sur les logos RR dans les jantes qui ne tournent pas pendant la conduite. Tout cela n'est que de l'art.

Nous avons déjà mentionné l'énorme longueur de la voiture, elle a également un long empattement de 3210 mm grâce à des porte-à-faux courts. Cela signifie que la deux portes offre également beaucoup d'espace à l'arrière, où même les personnes de grande taille peuvent s'asseoir confortablement et ainsi se faire plaisir. Les portes typiques, toujours de type suicide et donc articulées sur les montants B, facilitent également l'entrée et la sortie. Avec près de 1,5 m de long, elles sont d'ailleurs les plus grandes jamais installées sur une Rolls-Royce ; elles peuvent être ouvertes et refermées électriquement si vous le souhaitez. Du côté du conducteur, vous pouvez le faire en appuyant sur la pédale de frein, ce qui est un nouveau gadget.

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Spécifications et performances de la Rolls-Royce Spectre

Un couple élevé et rapide disponible sans aucun bruit gênant, c'est bien sûr ce que vous attendez d'une Rolls-Royce. C'est une chance, car c'est aussi exactement ce que vous pouvez obtenir avec des moteurs électriques puissants, encore plus facilement qu'avec des sources d'énergie combustible.

La Spectre en possède deux. Celui de l'avant développe 190 kW et 365 Nm, celui de l'arrière 360 kW et 710 Nm. Cela donne une puissance et un couple utilisables de 584 ch et 900 Nm. Des chiffres qui n'ont plus rien d'impressionnant à l'heure de l'électricité, mais la voiture (vide) de 2890 kg offre tout de même des performances impressionnantes : un sprint à 100 km/h en 4,5 s et d'une vitesse de pointe de 250 km/h !

Un poids élevé et (si vous le souhaitez) des accélérations et des rebonds fulgurants, il vous faut bien sûr une grosse batterie. La Spectre en possède une d'une capacité nette de 102 kWh. Avec son chargeur de 195 kW, elle passe de 10 à 80 % de sa capacité en une bonne demi-heure. Sa consommation affiche 23,6 kWh aux 100 km. Dès lors, elle offre une autonomie de 530 km. Il s'agit là de chiffres WLTP et donc encore assez théoriques. Mais nous avons quand même noté une consommation moyenne de 22,5 kWh/100 km lors de notre essai aux États-Unis.

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Comportement de la Rolls Royce Spectre 

La plateforme modifiée pour la Spectre est encore 30% plus rigide que celle de toutes les autres Rolls-Royce qui l'ont précédée. Associée à la suspension proactive Planar avec suspension pneumatique, amortissement adaptatif et barres stabilisatrices actives, elle assure un confort de conduite exceptionnel, même avec les énormes jantes de 23 pouces. Vous n'avez pas à choisir entre différents modes de conduite, la voiture décide constamment d'elle-même ce qu'elle doit faire pour vous garantir la fluidité que vous attendez d'une Rolls-Royce.

Bien sûr, sur un circuit sinueux, vous ressentez le poids et les dimensions de la Spectre, preuve qu'elle ne sera jamais une voiture de sport. Une Rolls-Royce ne doit pas (ou ne devrait pas) vous coller à votre siège lorsque vous accélérez, elle doit vous donner l'impression de glisser, voire de flotter sur la route. Elle doit être rapide, mais jamais brutale. C'est le genre de tapis volant que nous connaissons déjà avec d'autres voitures de la marque, mais qui est ici porté à un niveau encore plus élevé et donc vraiment très impressionnant.

Ce que vous pouvez choisir vous-même avec le levier de vitesse au volant, c'est un mode B pour la récupération d'énergie lors du relâchement de l'accélérateur. Celui-ci s'impose beaucoup moins que sur la plupart des autres voitures électriques. Après tout, les enquêtes menées auprès des clients (potentiels) ont clairement montré qu'il n'est pas immédiatement perçu comme une véritable nécessité. Nous avons essayé la fonction, bien sûr, et nous sommes passés du statut de "cool lovers" à celui de "eventual fans". Lorsque les choses s'accélèrent sur une piste sinueuse, il suffit de relâcher la bonne pédale au bon moment pour ne pas avoir à utiliser celle de gauche en permanence. Au bout d'un certain temps, on s'y habitue, et cela semble même devenir un outil pour augmenter un peu plus la dynamique de conduite de la voiture, ou du moins pour vous en donner l'impression.

Ce qui est un peu étrange, c'est que Rolls-Royce peut fournir un son complètement artificiel qui, lors d'une accélération rapide, vous donne brièvement l'impression d'être encore sur la route avec un moteur à essence. Ce n'est pas nécessaire, nous semble-t-il. Laissez le silence dans l'habitacle, dû en partie à la façon dont la batterie est intégrée dans la plateforme, c'est l'une des (nombreuses) choses qui donnent à cette voiture une si bonne impression.

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Prix belge de la Rolls-Royce Spectre

Nous n'avons pas obtenu de réponse immédiate lorsque nous nous sommes renseignés sur le prix de la Spectre, si ce n'est que la plupart des clients l'achètent aux alentours de 500.000 euros. Mais toute voiture, même une Rolls-Royce, doit évidemment avoir un prix de catalogue officiel. Celui-ci s'élève à 327.500 euros, ce qui, avec la TVA, donne 396.275 euros. La différence avec le demi-million ci-dessus réside dans les extras que la quasi-totalité des clients souhaitent ajouter. Comme il n'y a pratiquement pas deux exemplaires identiques, il y a toujours un peu de calcul à faire au moment de la commande. Mais pour les acheteurs d'une Spectre, le prix n'est probablement pas le plus important. D'ailleurs, la production est déjà épuisée jusqu'en 2025. Nous ne savons pas vraiment combien de voitures seront produites. Tout ce que l'on sait, c'est qu'environ 6000 Rolls-Royce sont fabriquées chaque année, tous modèles confondus.

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En 1900, quatre ans avant que lui et Henry Royce ne fondent la marque Rolls-Royce, Charles Rolls voyait dans la voiture électrique rien de moins que la solution idéale pour l'avenir. Il l'a décrite comme silencieuse, propre, inodore et sans vibrations. Il ne restait plus qu'à fournir les stations de recharge nécessaires pour les batteries, pensait le Britannique. Il a fallu plus d'un siècle au visionnaire pour voir son rêve se réaliser, mais ses successeurs ont aujourd'hui achevé le travail avec brio. Oui, la Spectre est bien la voiture électrique la plus sophistiquée sur le marché en 2023. La plus chère aussi, bien sûr, à l'exception de quelques pures voitures de sport. 

Un autre fait amusant pour terminer. Les futurs clients de la Spectre auront bien sûr tous la possibilité de recharger la batterie à domicile, certains ayant déjà exprimé leur joie de posséder une Rolls-Royce qui les dispense des fastidieux passages devant les stations-service. Sauf s'ils doivent parcourir plus de 500 km, auquel cas ils devront s'arrêter à un chargeur rapide. Ou prendre leur avion privé...

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Rolls-Royce Spectre (2022) : la première Rolls électrique est un majestueux coupé

Le constructeur de voitures de luxe Rolls-Royce entame sa stratégie d’électrification. Après des années de développement, il dévoile la Spectre, un imposant coupé qui promet à la fois d’offrir de hautes performances, une grande autonomie et un intérieur luxueux. On vous emmène faire le tour du propriétaire.

Qui a dit qu’électrification et luxe étaient incompatibles ? Maintes fois montrée lors de son développement, la première Rolls-Royce électrique tombe le camouflage et se dévoile enfin en octobre 2022. Appelé Spectre, ce modèle est un coupé à quatre places qui mesure pas moins de 5,453 mètres de long pour 2,08 mètres de large et 1,559 mètre de haut. Le tout avec un empattement fixé à 3,21 mètres.

Ces dimensions généreuses sont inévitablement associées à un design typique de Rolls-Royce, notamment inspiré des yachts. On retrouve à l’avant une grille de calandre en acier inoxydable poli, qui s’illumine grâce à 22 LED. Celle-ci est entourée d’étroits feux de jour LED, et est bien sûr surplombée du fameux emblème Spirit of Ecstasy. Rolls-Royce dit avoir travaillé l’aérodynamisme pour obtenir un coefficient de traînée de 0,25.

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The world’s first Ultra-Luxury Electric Super Coupé has been married to the iconography of Spectre’s spiritual predecessor, the Phantom Coupé. Spectre clearly acknowledges its forebear with its generous proportions and split headlight treatment. pic.twitter.com/pWC7qV0Hxk — Rolls-Royce Motor Cars (@rollsroycecars) October 19, 2022

D’énormes jantes de 23 pouces sur la Spectre

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Descendante directe de la Phantom Coupé et non de la Wraith, cette Rolls-Royce Spectre est également marquée par des portes à ouverture antagonistes, un jonc chromé dans le bas des portes ou encore des feux arrière en forme de joyaux à l’arrière. D’un diamètre de 23 pouces, les jantes arborent aussi un design aérodynamique afin de maximiser l’autonomie de la Spectre.

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Une autonomie conséquente malgré le poids

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Cette autonomie de la Rolls-Royce Spectre est d’ailleurs annoncée à 520 kilomètres selon le cycle d’homologation WLTP. La consommation moyenne est estimée à 21,5 kWh/100 km. Côté technique, ce luxueux coupé électrique embarque une motorisation de 430 kW, soit environ 585 chevaux pour 900 Nm de couple. De quoi abattre le 0 à 100 km/h en 4,5 secondes. Le poids de la Spectre frise les trois tonnes.

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Un habitacle des plus luxueux

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Le plus important à l’intérieur d’une Rolls-Royce, c’est sans doute l’intérieur. Le constructeur britannique l’a bien compris et signe un habitacle particulièrement soigné. Même si cet intérieur est hautement personnalisable, l’exemplaire présenté comporte des inserts en bois et surtout de nombreuses surfaces illuminées, comme le ciel de toit et l’intérieur des portes. La planche de bord se dote de trois écrans, dont un est réservé au passager.

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In unveiling Spectre, we set a new precedent in the creation of an entirely new class of motor car: the Ultra-Luxury Electric Super Coupé. Spectre is more than a motor car. It is statement of intent and symbol of our bright, bold future as we progresses into an all-electric era. pic.twitter.com/Lgv9KlhCce — Rolls-Royce Motor Cars (@rollsroycecars) October 18, 2022

Vendue entre 344 000 et 462 000€

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Si le prix de la Spectre n’est pas spécifié à l’heure où nous écrivons ces lignes, le carnet de commandes de cette première Rolls-Royce électrique est d’ores et déjà ouvert. Le constructeur indique que le tarif sera situé entre celui du Cullinan et de la Phantom, des véhicules respectivement vendus pour 344 000€ et 462 000€. Les premières livraisons doivent avoir lieu au quatrième trimestre 2023.

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À quoi ressemble l’intérieur de la Rolls-Royce Spectre ?

À bord de ce coupé long de 5,453 mètres de long, on trouve une planche de bord numérique où trônent pas moins de trois écrans. Celui à gauche est le combiné d’instrumentation, celui au centre est dédié à l’infodivertissement et celui de droite est réservé au passager. Pour le reste, l’habitacle de la Spectre est marqué par un ciel de toit ainsi que des intérieurs de portes illuminés. Il reçoit aussi des inserts boisés. Mais il est hautement personnalisable, chaque exemplaire devrait donc être unique.

Quelle est l’autonomie de cette Rolls-Royce électrique ?

Selon le cycle d’homologation WLTP, la Rolls-Royce Spectre bénéficie d’une autonomie de 520 kilomètres. Le chiffre est impressionnant, d’autant plus que la voiture pèse près de trois tonnes, avec 2 975 kilos sur la balance. La batterie est associée à une motorisation d’environ 585 chevaux (430 kW) pour 900 Nm de couple, ce qui permet d’abattre le 0 à 100 km/h en 4,5 secondes.

Quel prix pour ce luxueux coupé zéro émission ?

Le tarif officiel de la Rolls-Royce Spectre n’est pas dévoilé à l’heure où nous écrivons ces lignes. Le constructeur britannique confirme simplement que le prix sera situé entre ceux du Cullinan et de la Phantom. Ces deux modèles sont respectivement commercialisés à partir de 344 000 et 462 000€. Les premières livraisons de la Rolls-Royce Spectre sont prévues pour la fin d’année 2023.

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Oui, les fantômes existent bel et bien. Rolls-Royce le prouve en sortant son premier modèle électrique, baptisé Spectre. Teasée durant des années, la voiture est un imposant coupé, qui mesure 5,453 mètres de long pour 2,07 mètres de large et 1,559 mètre de haut. Son design est marqué par une calandre illuminée par des LED, des jantes aérodynamiques, des portes à ouverture antagoniste et bien sûr une silhouette de coupé qui plonge vers l’arrière. Côté technique, la Spectre embarque une motorisation électrique d’environ 585 chevaux pour 900 Nm de couple. Cela lui permet d’abattre le 0 à 100 km/h en 4,5 secondes. Sa batterie lui confère quant à elle 520 kilomètres d’autonomie, selon le cycle d’homologation WLTP. L’habitacle de la Spectre est particulièrement luxueux avec de nombreuses surfaces illuminées et des inserts boisés. Il est aussi hautement personnalisable. Positionnée entre le Cullinan et la Phantom en termes de prix, cette Rolls-Royce Spectre doit être livrée à ses premiers acheteurs en fin d’année 2023.

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Banc d’essai Rolls-Royce Spectre : au-dessus de la pile

(Vallée de Napa, Californie) Plus de 10 ans après la présentation de son premier concept électrique, Rolls-Royce rebranche tout.

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Le silence est d’or…

Qui a besoin d’une Rolls-Royce ? Au fond, personne. Cela n’empêche tout de même pas la marque anglaise d’en produire quelques milliers par année. Sa dernière-née, la Spectre, transporte son luxe en silence.

Chez Rolls-Royce, on a coutume de dire que ce qui distingue la maison des autres marques de luxe, ce sont trois choses : le savoir-faire, l’authenticité et la qualité de construction. Même électrique, la Spectre ne déroge pas à la règle. Le cahier de charges que Torsten Muller-Otvos, président de la marque, impose à ses troupes ne laisse aucune place à l’improvisation. « Peu importe la source d’énergie chargée de la mouvoir, la Spectre se devait avant tout d’être une Rolls-Royce », récite-t-il comme un mantra.

Par sa longueur, le capot de la Rolls-Royce Spectre donne l’impression de loger un énorme moteur à essence.

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Par sa longueur, le capot de la Rolls-Royce Spectre donne l’impression de loger un énorme moteur à essence.

Les larges portières antagonistes – les plus longues jamais produites – s’ouvrent sur un habitacle que l’on décore comme son chez-soi.

Les larges portières antagonistes – les plus longues jamais produites – s’ouvrent sur un habitacle que l’on décore comme son chez-soi.

Cossues, confortables à souhait, toutes les places à bord (oui, y compris à l’arrière) invitent aux voyages.

Cossues, confortables à souhait, toutes les places à bord (oui, y compris à l’arrière) invitent aux voyages.

Détail de la console de la Rolls-Royce Spectre

Détail de la console de la Rolls-Royce Spectre

Détail de l’intérieur d’une portière de la Rolls-Royce Spectre

Détail de l’intérieur d’une portière de la Rolls-Royce Spectre

Poignée de portière de la Rolls-Royce Spectre

Poignée de portière de la Rolls-Royce Spectre

Logo de la marque bien en évidence

Logo de la marque bien en évidence

L’efficacité énergétique de cette anglaise n’est pas sa qualité première. Son autonomie non plus.

L’efficacité énergétique de cette anglaise n’est pas sa qualité première. Son autonomie non plus.

La Rolls-Royce Spectre ne procure pas le frisson de la vitesse au moment de l’accélération, bien qu’elle ne mette que 4,5 s à atteindre la vitesse maximale permise sur nos voies rapides.

La Rolls-Royce Spectre ne procure pas le frisson de la vitesse au moment de l’accélération, bien qu’elle ne mette que 4,5 s à atteindre la vitesse maximale permise sur nos voies rapides.

Le message a été entendu. La commande, parfaitement respectée. La Spectre est une Rolls-Royce, une vraie. Elle en a la prestance, l’opulence, le chic et, bien entendu, le prix. Chaque unité produite sera, comme toutes les autres Rolls-Royce, conçue avec toute la minutie du monde par des artisans. La machine aide, mais ne remplacera jamais ni l’œil ni la main de ces hommes et femmes qui décorent ces palaces sur roues de matériaux nobles, précieux et chers...

Une Rolls-Royce avant d’être un véhicule électrique. Ce précepte trouve également écho dans la conception de ce véhicule hors norme. Bien que la firme britannique martèle que sa production tout entière basculera dans le tout-électrique d’ici 2030, elle n’entreprend pas cette transition à partir d’une feuille blanche.

En fait, la Spectre adopte la plateforme dont toutes les Rolls-Royce sont faites. Ce faisant, elle n’exploite réellement aucune des « options » esthétiques qu’offre l’architecture d’un véhicule électrique.

Il n’est jamais venu à l’esprit des concepteurs de la Spectre de répartir différemment les volumes de la carrosserie. D’ailleurs, par sa longueur, le capot donne l’impression de loger un énorme moteur à essence. Pas plus qu’ils n’ont envisagé de présenter un rapport taille/habitabilité plus enviable. Bien qu’ils reconnaissent qu’ils auraient pu s’aventurer plus loin, le moment était apparemment mal choisi. L’usine ne peut guère assembler plus de 6000 véhicules par année (tous modèles confondus) et n’a pas la flexibilité voulue pour jongler avec différentes plateformes.

Tout n’est pas perdu. Si la Spectre ne maximise pas tous les avantages, elle en retire tout de même quelques-uns. Ainsi, les modifications apportées au châssis ont permis de le rigidifier de 30 %. Elles ont également permis de ne plus recourir à autant de matériaux insonorisants. Rolls-Royce dit en avoir éliminé quelque 700 kg. Par chance, sans quoi l’auto aurait pesé près de 4 tonnes.

Gardienne de la tradition

Les larges portières antagonistes – les plus longues jamais produites – s’ouvrent sur un habitacle que l’on décore comme son chez-soi. Lors du lancement international de la Spectre, chacune des sept unités avait été personnalisée par la filiale Bespoke de l’entreprise. Les services de cette dernière sont retenus par la vaste majorité des acheteurs de Rolls, et ce n’est pas par crainte que leur véhicule ressemble à celui du voisin. Pourpre, jaune, blanc, la palette de cuirs semble infinie. Tout comme la teinte de la moquette, plus touffue encore qu’une pelouse négligée.

Ce qui ne change pas cependant est le ciel de toit spectaculairement illuminé d’un millier de diodes. Ce spectacle quasi pyrotechnique, fort apprécié de la clientèle, a incité ses concepteurs à raturer le toit ouvrant de la liste des accessoires.

Hormis le bloc d’instrumentation, rien ne laisse transparaître que ce modèle a recours à une source d’énergie autre que l’essence. On ne retrouve pas – et c’est tant mieux – un mur de « téléviseurs » non plus. Rolls-Royce a encore recours à des commandes physiques.

En revanche, le constructeur a enfoui très profondément certaines informations dans l’écran de son système d’infodivertissement. C’est le cas notamment de l’efficacité énergétique de ses propulseurs, sur lesquels nous reviendrons.

Cossues, confortables à souhait, toutes les places à bord (oui, y compris à l’arrière) invitent aux voyages. Ils ont intérêt à ne pas être trop longs. Le volume du coffre pourrait avoir peine à avaler tous vos bagages.

Calme et volupté

Conduire une Rolls-Royce, même électrique, n’a rien d’exceptionnel en soi, une fois que l’on a apprivoisé ses dimensions et son poids. Ce coupé ne procure pas le frisson de la vitesse au moment de l’accélération, bien qu’il ne requiert que 4,5 s pour atteindre la vitesse maximale permise sur nos voies rapides. La poussée de ces deux propulseurs d’origine BMW (un à l’avant et l’autre à l’arrière) est franche, certes, mais ne vise à décoiffer personne. Vous aurez seulement l’impression que cette Rolls-Royce se hâte sans se précipiter.

À son volant, la Spectre file vite et bien, mais ne survole pas les grosses imperfections de la chaussée avec autant de flegme que les autres Rolls-Royce. La direction permet de la guider dans les méandres avec une relative aisance, mais ni sa précision ni sa souplesse ne vous viendront en aide au moment de la garer. Son diamètre de braquage s’apparente à celui d’un paquebot.

La Spectre a besoin d’espace. Beaucoup d’espace et beaucoup de watts aussi. L’efficacité énergétique de cette anglaise n’est pas sa qualité première. Son autonomie non plus. « Aucun de nos clients ne s’en préoccupe véritablement », me souffle un représentant de la marque. Et pour cause, ceux-ci ont, en moyenne, sept autres véhicules dans leur garage.

Rolls-Royce Spectre

Prix de détail suggéré

Rabais gouvernementaux

Consommation/batterie

26,7 kWh/100 km (meilleure consommation obtenue)/102 kWh

  • Exclusivité
  • Finition remarquable
  • Comportement solide

On aime moins

  • Efficacité énergétique insuffisante
  • Encombrement gênant
  • Minimalise gains possibles avec un VE

Notre verdict

La source d’énergie est secondaire. C’est d’abord une Rolls-Royce.

Faites part de votre expérience

La Presse publiera prochainement l’essai des véhicules suivants : Ford Mustang, Toyota Crown et Volkswagen Atlas. Si vous possédez l’un de ces véhicules, nous aimerions bien vous lire sur votre expérience.

Fiche technique

  • Électriques à aimants permanents
  • 664 lb-pi de couple

Performances

  • Poids : 2890 kg
  • Accélération (0-100 km/h) : 4,5 s
  • Capacité maximale de remorquage : non recommandé

Boîte de vitesses

  • De série : automatique
  • Optionnelle : aucune
  • Mode d’entraînement : rouage intégral
  • 255/45R23 (standard)
  • 295/35R23 (optionnel)

Autonomie électrique/recharge

  • 418 km (constructeur)
  • Niveau 3 – 50 kWh (de 10 % à 80 %) : 95 minutes
  • Consommation : 26,7 kWh/100 km (meilleure consommation obtenue)
  • Batterie : 102 kWh
  • Empattement : 3210 mm
  • Longueur : 5475 mm
  • Hauteur : 1573 mm
  • Largeur : 2017 mm

On n’arrête pas le progrès

La 102eX a été dévoilée en 2011.

Nous sommes en 2011. Le groupe BMW cherchait à cette époque à jauger le potentiel et l’acceptabilité du véhicule électrique auprès du grand public. Et de son actionnariat aussi. Toutes les marques du groupe présentaient un véhicule. Y compris Rolls-Royce, qui profitait de son passage au Salon automobile de Genève pour dévoiler la 102eX. Un concept élaboré sur la base d’une berline Phantom. Pour mesurer le chemin parcouru depuis, sachez que la 102eX alimentait ses deux moteurs électriques (ceux-ci n’entraînaient que les roues arrière) d’une batterie de 71 kWh logée sous le capot.

Une robe dans le vent

La mascotte de Rolls-Royce : The Spirit of Ecstasy

Rarement a-t-on l’occasion d’étudier de près une Rolls-Royce, mais la Spectre mérite que l’on s’y attarde un peu plus. La mascotte symbolisant l’esprit d’extase (The Spirit of Ecstasy) a un aspect différent. Ses voiles (non, ce ne sont pas des ailes) ne se soulèvent plus autant qu’avant. N’allez pas y voir là une réaction à un quelconque mouvement. Cette « nouvelle » robe a nécessité plus de 800 heures de travail en soufflerie et a surtout permis de réduire le coefficient de traînée aérodynamique de la Spectre.

Autocar

Rolls-Royce Spectre

R olls-Royce’s modern diversion into EVs dates back to the 2011 Geneva show, where the firm exhibited the 102 EX : a seventh-gen Phantom limo with battery power, created to gauge the reaction of its customer base to a zero-emission model.

Work began on the mechanical basis for its current range of models – the innovative aluminium spaceframe Architecture of Luxury – in 2014, and with electric power as well as combustion engines in mind. So for the Spectre, Rolls-Royce simply had to tap into – and develop – the potential that had been engineered in.

Even so, the Spectre’s chassis is quite different from that which underpins a Rolls-Royce Phantom , Ghost or Cullinan. In addition to the double-skinned bulkheads those models have, the Spectre gets a double-layer floor that aids refinement and boosts overall static rigidity by 30%, and within which the 120kWh nickel-manganese-cobalt drive battery is carried.

Rolls-Royce makes 102kWh of that capacity usable: it’s a conservative proportion but chosen with a view to battery longevity over the extraordinarily long lifespans that Rolls-Royce cars so often have. 

The Spectre uses the same fifth-generation prismatic battery cells found more widely in BMW’s electric models, for similar reasons of established quality and longevity. Its electrical architecture is 400V rather than the 800V deployed by Porsche, Audi, Hyundai and Kia, and that does limit DC rapid-charging speed somewhat. Rolls decided the extra complexity and weight of the higher-voltage system wasn’t justified for its customers.

The Spectre has a primary hybrid synchronous drive motor – worth up to 483bhp on its own – on its rear axle, and a smaller one for the front wheels rated at 255bhp. (The same pair appear on BMW’s range-topping i7 M70.) Peak system output is ‘only’ 577bhp, with 660lb ft – figures that, echoing what we have observed elsewhere, speak of a certain conservatism and an eye for battery longevity on Rolls-Royce’s part. (The BMW i7 , with the same motors, battery tech and usable capacity, makes more of both.)

Rolls customers aren’t likely to be looking for the most powerful car their money can buy, of course, and the Spectre’s existing statistics are enough to make it the most powerful series-production Rolls-Royce model in the showroom (not counting special Black Badge models, that is).

At each corner, the car uses an adapted version of the Ghost’s planar suspension, with adaptive air springs, adaptive dampers, active anti-roll bars and four-wheel steering all fitted as standard. Alloy wheels are a towering 22in in diameter as standard, optionally 23in as fitted here, and wearing Rolls-Royce’s now-customary noise-cancelling run-flat tyres.

Our test car weighed 2935kg on the scales: 45kg heavier than claimed (easy to explain with fitted options) – and clearly very heavy – yet only 155kg more than the eighth-generation Phantom we tested in 2018.

The road test has been measuring what we call the ‘door span’ – the width that is occupied when the front doors are fully opened – of its subjects for several years now. In itself, it may be quite a niche dimension to record, but it’s a useful corollary of not only outright vehicle width but also ease of access within tighter confines.

Four metres is a big door span: a Rolls-Royce Ghost has a 4040mm door span, and when we measured the current Bentley Continental GTC Convertible’s door span at the beginning of this year (4180mm), we thought we might not record a larger one for some time.

The Spectre, however, turns out to be something of an automotive albatross, with a remarkable 4600mm door span. The model’s rear-hinged ‘coach’ doors – by its maker’s own claim, the largest anywhere in current global production – would make very effective air brakes.

They’re constructed entirely of aluminium but are also ‘effortless’ doors (ie they are power assisted), so you don’t open them in a conventional way. Instead, you tug discreetly on the huge polished steel door handle and then stand back as the car opens them for you. The driver’s door closes itself, too, once you’re seated and you press on the brake pedal.

Inside, the Spectre seats you a little higher and less recumbently than in some GT coupés, for the sake of convenience. You feel suitably ensconced in the beautifully soft chairs up front; in the two-seater second row, while occupant space isn’t limousine-like, there is still ample space for all but the tallest adult passengers.

The layout of the controls is appropriately conventional. The dashboard and centre console are common with those of the Ghost saloon rather than the larger Phantom. As such, there’s no disappearing infotainment screen here, but you do get traditional-looking digital instrument dials and lots of physical switchgear, into which Rolls-Royce has poured its usual attention to tactile and material detail.

There is very little here that doesn’t feel expensively wrought, from the headlight controls to the old-fashioned-looking ‘blower slider’ temperature controls.

This may be a new-age Rolls-Royce in terms of how it’s powered, but from within it’s reassuringly familiar and as rich and lavish as anything the firm makes. Rolls’ preference for digital technology integrated with restraint will be a greater selling point for some as time goes on, and its gentle touch with the car’s ambient lighting features remains singularly special.

Multimedia system

The touchscreen system in the Spectre is different from the one in the Phantom. It’s not hidden behind a separate glass screen, and it doesn’t retract from view when not in use.

It’s clearly a reskinned version of one of BMW’s later Operating System 8.0 set-ups – but it’s superior to BMW’s own in that it doesn’t integrate the ventilation controls, and it retains both an iDrive-style rotary input device and some user-programmable physical shortcut buttons that are an enormous aid to accessibility.

Rolls-Royce has integrated its own branded voice control on the system. Press the voice control button on the steering wheel and a semi-translucent image of the Spirit of Ecstasy appears on the screen, and the system then responds to natural speech recognition. You can ask it to turn up the cabin temperature,but it won’t open and close the passenger doors.

Rolls-Royce also offers app-based remote control of the Spectre’s battery charging and preconditioning, among other things, via software called Whispers.

Performance

Defining how quickly, in outright terms, the Spectre might accelerate must have been a question of preference and priority rather than one of sheer possibility. As we already know, the car could have been more powerful, and when you urge it into motion from rest using all of its reserves, you feel as much.

There’s no violence at all to the way the Spectre gets moving, even at full power: little squat, no loss of traction and no sense of a great ‘on’ switch being flicked to deliver 660lb ft. Instead, just a gathering sense of quiet urgency flooding onto the road. It feels a cut above the firm’s habitual V12 standard but no less coiffured or contained.

No Rolls-Royce is slow these days, but while a Phantom still needs more than 5.0sec from rest to hit 60mph, and a Ghost a little less than that, the Spectre will do it in a whisker over 4.0sec. Like other EVs, it accelerates strongly from low speeds and, with no gears to shift, starts to become less muscular as the needle rises.

But thanks to the BMW Group’s preference for hybrid synchronous motors, it tails off less than some. That means really commanding motorway performance is retained (60-100mph takes 5.0sec to the Ghost’s 5.6sec, and the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 does the same in 4.8sec).

Smooth drivability is, of course, far more important. The Spectre does without drive modes and variable trailing-throttle battery regeneration settings. It does have a column-shift transmission selector with a B mode, like any other Rolls-Royce, and a beautifully cushioned throttle response that neither feigns latency nor over-indulges in zapping thrust. It’s wonderfully, flatteringly controllable under power.

And while it’s only as moderately well endowed under braking as modern Rolls-Royces tend to be (the pedal is progressive and very easy to modulate, but you really have to get deep into it to make the car haul up with true urgency), the stopping distances we recorded in extremis show there is no problem here at all with outright braking power.

Ride and handling

We have already touched on the sheer width of this car. With the doors closed, it’s less imposing – but this is a big GT that fills its lane and demands greater precision the harder you want to whisk it along.

The striking thing is you can adopt a fast cross-country stride if you choose to – more easily than you could, quite clearly, in a bigger Phantom or Cullinan, but the dynamic comparisons with the Ghost are probably much closer.

The Spectre handles without any hyperactivity or gesturing towards contrived agility. But while it rolls a fair bit as it corners and begins to communicate its mass as its wafting ride turns into some heave and float over a testing road, it does corner with poise, assurance and precision.

Whether by the actions of the four-wheel steering or active anti-roll control systems, the car will follow even a tighter line at pace with impressive accuracy. It stays true to a path and a particular cornering posture in a way you wouldn’t expect of a three-tonne luxury idol being driven so hard.

Its lightish steering becomes a little weightier at higher speeds and is marginally more direct (at 2.4 turns lock to lock) than Rolls’ typical standard. It has electronic traction and stability controls that work imperceptibly even in quicker driving, although when on, they do prevent the car from wrenching its way into power-on understeer, as it will ultimately do in steady-state cornering at the limit of grip with everything turned off.

Overall, the way the Spectre takes to flowing faster bends and gently rolling topography is very impressive indeed.

Comfort & Isolation

We will start here with what is truly outstanding about the Spectre, although it is not, by our measurements, truly exceptional. 

The cabin isolation is world-class. That double-skinned chassis floor and 700kg of battery mass held within it do a great deal between them to shut out and dampen road noise from axles. Wind noise is supremely well filtered too.

Our test car generated only 55dBA of cabin noise at a 50mph cruise. On the same surface and in comparable conditions, the Phantom VIII tested in 2018 generated 56dBA, and the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 some 59dBA (still quiet, even for a modern EV).

Perhaps a little awkwardly for Rolls-Royce, however, the Ghost saloon tested in 2021 matched that 55dBA at 50mph. Rolling on 21in wheels to our test car’s 23s, it also beat the Spectre’s showing at 70mph (58dBA versus 61dBA). So when Goodwood suggests this car represents a new high-water mark for refinement, perhaps it should qualify its enthusiasm just a little. 

It’s the ‘waft’ of the Spectre’s primary ride that Rolls-Royce has taken the most pains to construct, since it knows that few brands have such a recognisably distinguishing dynamic selling point. It is not effort wasted. The car seems to hover over motorway surfaces and faster A-roads with an almost uncanny detachment and is a joy to experience at cruising speed.

Our test car didn’t always repeat the trick at lower speeds or over craggier surfaces, though, when its 23in wheels seemed heavy. They would noticeably – if only rarely – cause the struts to clunk into the extremes of their travel.

MPG and running costs

We are told there is no such thing as an average Rolls-Royce buyer. But the manufacturer notes that the average Spectre owner will have seven cars to choose from and cover only about 3500 miles in their EV in a year.

That would be fine with the 329-mile claimed range, but would it be served by the 245-mile average we recorded? In most cases, probably. But is that enough to make the kind of uncompromising statement Rolls might have hoped for? In the car’s defence, only Tesla’s Model S Plaid has so far averaged more than 300 miles in our full test. But plenty get closer than this.

By Rolls-Royce standards, the Spectre’s £332k entry price isn’t particularly high, and its 400V DC charging potential will most likely meet most owners’ needs.

The Spectre, its maker says, ushers in a new era for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. It’s a weighty billing, but there’s no doubting the car’s sequential significance. There will never be another ‘first electric Rolls-Royce’.

What this car brings to the Rolls-Royce driving and ownership experience shouldn’t be underestimated: zero-emission modernity, kudos and desirability; world-class luxury, cruising comfort and refinement; and an understated but ever-apparent driver appeal. Yet it’s all packaged with the electric range to make it a usable day-to-day car. And yet it’s always so special as to rise so far above any sense of the ‘everyday’.

But does the application of an electric powertrain here make this the perfect Rolls-Royce? Has Goodwood’s hallowed rulebook on comfort and refinement been torn to pieces? Does the Spectre lay down an emphatic new marker? Not quite.

The Spectre doesn’t move EV powertrain technology on like Henry Royce’s engines did a little over a century ago. Is that reasonable criticism of a car so impressive in many areas and so bold? It’s undoubtedly true, but perhaps only justified because it is a Rolls-Royce.

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Compte tenu de l'exiguïté et de l'exclusivité de sa gamme, il est rationnel pour un constructeur comme Rolls-Royce de présenter plus d'une nouvelle voiture chaque année. L'année 2024 ne fera pas exception, car pour l'instant le seul rendez-vous du calendrier (pour ainsi dire, car il n'y a toujours pas de communication sur les dates) concerne la mise à jour du SUV Cullinan , qui, près de six ans après son lancement, offrira sa première mise à jour substantielle.

2024 verra également l'arrivée sur les routes du grand nouveau modèle de 2023, le Spectre . Premier modèle électrique de la société, il est en fait déjà en production et les premiers exemplaires ont déjà été livrés dans les dernières semaines de l'année, mais l'occasion est bonne pour nous rappeler les prix et les spécifications finales.

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Un grand coupé quatre places de 5,45 m de long, 2,08 m de large, 1,56 m de haut, avec un empattement de 3,21 mètres, pesant environ 2,9 tonnes, dont 700 kg pour les batteries , d'une capacité de 102 kWh . C'est la formule choisie par Rolls-Royce pour sa première voiture purement électrique, baptisée Spectre .

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Par rapport à il y a un an, on dispose donc d'un peu plus d'informations : la voiture confirme une autonomie déclarée de 420 km mesurée selon le cycle américain EPA, une puissance de 585 ch et un couple impressionnant de 900 Nm, une vitesse de pointe de 250 km/h et un système de charge rapide en courant continu de 195 kW. Elle coûte 400 000 euros .

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S'il s'agissait d'une voiture ordinaire, six ans après son lancement, il serait temps de parler d'une nouvelle génération pour la  Rolls-Royce Cullinan , l'un des modèles les plus vendus du constructeur britannique. L'heure n'est guère au restylage , qui s'annonce plutôt léger.

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Les photos des prototypes camouflés vus en 2023 révèlent une partie inférieure avec des prises d'air nouvellement conçues , tandis que la partie supérieure, la calandre et les phares restent confidentiels. Pas d'indiscrétion sur l'intérieur ni sur la mécanique, cette dernière ne devrait cependant pas changer pour l'instant, lançant à sa place le V12 6,75 litres de 571 ou 600 ch, qui pour l'instant ne semble pas destiné à être électrifié.

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Rolls-Royce enjoyed a very successful year in 2023, with 6,032 deliveries marking a new record in its 120-year history. More importantly, all of the delivered examples included “elements of Bespoke personalization”, showing the important role of exclusivity for Rolls-Royce customers.

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The 6,032 deliveries in 2023 were only 11 more compared to 2022, the previous record-holding year in the carmaker’s history. Rolls-Royce reported growth in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. Still, the US remains the single biggest market for the brand, followed by China .

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The best-selling model for 2023 was the Cullinan SUV , even though a facelift is already under development as proven by our spy shots . Predictably, the second most popular Rolls-Royce for 2023 was the Ghost sedan, which is a higher volume seller than the Phantom flagship.

Last year marked the end of production for the Wraith coupe and the Dawn convertible. However, it also signaled the start of deliveries for the fully electric Spectre , with orders for the ultra-luxurious coupe extending into 2025.

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Choosing the spec of your brand-new Rolls-Royce is already a memorable experience, but customers of ultra-luxurious brands are quite demanding when it comes to personalization. All Rolls-Royce models that were sold in 2023 had bespoke features, leading to new records for the brand’s dedicated Bespoke department both in terms of numbers and value.

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While bespoke features are indeed pretty cool, the highest level of personalization can be found in Rolls-Royce’s Coachbuild models. In 2023, the company unveiled the Droptail roadster which will be produced in four examples with a rumored price tag of around $25 million each. Two of them have already been delivered – namely the La Rose Noire and the Amethyst versions.

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TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom has started gradual localization of rare-earth magnets manufacturing for wind power plants generators. The first sets of magnets have been manufactured and shipped to the customer.

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In total, the contract between Elemash Magnit LLC (an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom in Elektrostal, Moscow region) and Red Wind B.V. (a joint venture of NovaWind JSC and the Dutch company Lagerwey) foresees manufacturing and supply over 200 sets of magnets. One set is designed to produce one power generator.

“The project includes gradual localization of magnets manufacturing in Russia, decreasing dependence on imports. We consider production of magnets as a promising sector for TVEL’s metallurgical business development. In this regard, our company does have the relevant research and technological expertise for creation of Russia’s first large-scale full cycle production of permanent rare-earth magnets,” commented Natalia Nikipelova, President of TVEL JSC.

“NovaWind, as the nuclear industry integrator for wind power projects, not only made-up an efficient supply chain, but also contributed to the development of inter-divisional cooperation and new expertise of Rosatom enterprises. TVEL has mastered a unique technology for the production of magnets for wind turbine generators. These technologies will be undoubtedly in demand in other areas as well,” noted Alexander Korchagin, Director General of NovaWind JSC.

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TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom incorporates enterprises for the fabrication of nuclear fuel, conversion and enrichment of uranium, production of gas centrifuges, as well as research and design organizations. It is the only supplier of nuclear fuel for Russian nuclear power plants. TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom provides nuclear fuel for 73 power reactors in 13 countries worldwide, research reactors in eight countries, as well as transport reactors of the Russian nuclear fleet. Every sixth power reactor in the world operates on fuel manufactured by TVEL. www.tvel.ru

NovaWind JSC is a division of Rosatom; its primary objective is to consolidate the State Corporation's efforts in advanced segments and technological platforms of the electric power sector. The company was founded in 2017. NovaWind consolidates all of the Rosatom’s wind energy assets – from design and construction to power engineering and operation of wind farms.

Overall, by 2023, enterprises operating under the management of NovaWind JSC, will install 1 GW of wind farms. http://novawind.ru

Elemash Magnit LLC is a subsidiary of Kovrov Mechanical Plant (an enterprise of the TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom) and its main supplier of magnets for production of gas centrifuges. The company also produces magnets for other industries, in particular, for the automotive

industry. The production facilities of Elemash Magnit LLC are located in the city of Elektrostal, Moscow Region, at the site of Elemash Machine-Building Plant (a nuclear fuel fabrication facility of TVEL Fuel Company).

Rosatom is a global actor on the world’s nuclear technology market. Its leading edge stems from a number of competitive strengths, one of which is assets and competences at hand in all nuclear segments. Rosatom incorporates companies from all stages of the technological chain, such as uranium mining and enrichment, nuclear fuel fabrication, equipment manufacture and engineering, operation of nuclear power plants, and management of spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. Nowadays, Rosatom brings together about 350 enterprises and organizations with the workforce above 250 K. https://rosatom.ru/en/

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