First Rolls-Royce EV Looks Remarkably Like The Gas Models

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The luxurious Spectre interior looks almost the same as any other Rolls-Royce.

Since it was first teased late last year, we've spotted the 2023 Rolls-Royce Spectre electric vehicle out testing (in prototype form) on many occasions. Rolls-Royce recently moved the car into its second test phase in the French Riviera, where it will drive 390,000 miles (out of a total of 1.5 million). No changes have been spotted on the test mule's exterior, but for the first time, our spy photographers have managed to get a glimpse of the interior.

From what we can see in the photos, the Spectre's cabin looks remarkably similar to today's gas-powered Rolls-Royce models, like the Cullinan and Ghost. The lower switchgear, including the prominent volume knob and two-part temperature dials, look identical to existing Rolls vehicles.

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Though the Spectre won't take the same minimalist digital approach as the latest BMW models, it will likely be the first to feature the Rolls-Royce version of iDrive 8. Like other vehicles with the latest iDrive software, the Spectre will display information on two curved screens that wrap around the driver.

There's a rotating knob to control the system, though we imagine the screen is touch-capable as well. As in BMW vehicles, drivers can interact with their infotainment via voice or gesture control. Of course, this is still a prototype, so the interior is subject to change before it reaches production.

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iDrive 8 is BMW's most technologically advanced infotainment system to date, so we are excited to see how it's deployed in this new Rolls-Royce.

Though it will share some infotainment technology with BMW, Spectre's platform is all Royce-Royce. It will ride on the same Architecture of Luxury platform used on other Rolls-Royce models, but it will feature an all-electric drivetrain.

There's still no word on drivetrain specifications, but the rumor mill anticipates a dual-motor setup delivering around 600 to 650 horsepower. Expect to see an official reveal sometime in 2023, with the first customer deliveries taking place in the fourth quarter of 2023.

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