Electric Rolls-Royce Spectre Is Eerily Quiet On The Move

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Is the future of luxury ghostly silence?

The Rolls-Royce Spectre EV is due to be given an official reveal by the middle of next year as arguably the most revolutionary product from the brand. The large luxury coupe will be its first official venture into electrification as it begins its journey to make all of its cars a bit cleaner by 2030 through electrification.

Previously, Rolls-Royce had said that it would not even think about making an electric model unless it was confident that it could get the formula right. This should come as an assurance to those who are worried about the Spectre not being a true Rolls-Royce. The marque is getting some help from BMW for development, but it will maintain its variation of the aluminum space-frame platform and be a true Rolls-Royce in more ways than one.

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This new video of a camouflaged test unit shows us that we can still expect the Spectre EV to have a traditional Rolls-Royce presence on the road with its sleek coupe design akin to that of the current Wraith. Considering that it is an electric model, the test unit is unsurprisingly silent while accelerating but a recent report does hint that the aural experience from the cabin will be traditional through synthetic engine notes.

Most importantly, while it cruises about the German country roads, we can clearly see that the test unit translates a traditionally lofty ride as it soaks up the unlevel surface. Unfortunately, we don't have a clear indication of its performance and dynamic characteristics but admittedly, the car does look like it is being tested as a conventional Rolls-Royce owner would drive their car.

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Details for the new Rolls-Royce Spectre EV are slim but there is an understanding that the brand intends to take full advantage of BMW's accomplished flagship electric powertrain. This has already been installed to the iX SUV and is set to be used in the upcoming i7 which will be revealed next month. In its flagship M60-guise, the system employs a dual-motor setup to produce 610 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque.

Rolls-Royce is also mum on its claimed range figure but BMW has divulged that its i7 will cover at least 360 miles on a full charge, based on the generous WLTP testing cycle. For the sake of comparison, the BMW iX xDrive50 with 22-inch wheels, using the dual-motor system with a lower power output, has earned an EPA-rated mileage estimate of 315 miles.

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