Electric Rolls-Royce Spectre Won't Ditch This Iconic Design Feature

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The Spectre will still be instantly brand recognizable.

Unlike most automakers, Rolls-Royce doesn't sell a single electric car in its current lineup, but this will soon change with the launch of the Spectre, due in 2023. Rolls-Royce previewed its first-ever EV last month, but the luxury car was covered up preventing us from getting a clear look at the design details.

However, comments made by CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos in an interview with Autocar suggest the Spectre will retain signature design elements from its combustion counterparts - including the prominent Pantheon grille that dominates the front of models like the Phantom and Cullinan.

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"Watch this space," he said when asked by the publication if the Spectre will retain the luxury brand's signature grille design. "I don't want to give anything away, but one thing I can tell you is that it will be a proper, proper Rolls-Royce. It deserves the nameplate, it will be peerless and our clients will love it. First of all, we are building a Rolls-Royce, and secondly, it's electric - not the other way around."

From the teaser image, the Spectre appears to have similar proportions to the discontinued Wraith, with a long hood, a two-door body style, a sloping roofline, and, of course, a Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament.

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Since it doesn't have a combustion engine that needs cooling down, the Spectre will adopt a closed version of the brand's iconic grille.

Specific details about the Spectre are still scarce, but testing for the luxury EV will soon begin spanning 1.5 million miles. The first-ever electric Rolls-Royce will launch in 2023 and every model will be electrified by 2030. But while a silent electric powertrain should be the perfect fit for a luxury car to keep noise levels down in the cabin, the Spectre' could be louder than the automaker's V12-powered cars as there will be no combustion engine to drown out wind and road noise.

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Source Credits: Autocar

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