Already axed in America, the company's CEO has said both models have reached the end of the line.
Detractors may refer to the Rolls-Royce Wraith and Dawn as tarted-up versions of the BMW 7 Series, but the more compact offerings are still truly special motorcars. The two-door beauties are the epitome of English craftsmanship and, while they lack the gravitas of the Phantom, the less intimidating price tags make them somewhat more appealing.
Sadly, they're no longer available in America. In 2021, the brand confirmed that both models would be discontinued locally and would not gain direct successors. Company CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos has now confirmed that both will cease production, with the upcoming Spectre EV expected to fulfill the two-door void in the lineup.
Speaking to Autocar, Muller-Otvos said that, due to a waiting list, the final Wraith and Dawn models will roll off the hallowed production line in early 2023.
The Spectre will be the world's first electric Rolls-Royce and is part of the brand's ambitions to go fully electric by 2030. Bigger and more luxurious than the fallen Wraith, the battery-powered luxury coupe is shaping up to be a spiritual successor to the Phantom Coupe, which ceased production in 2016. Hopefully, the Spectre spawns a Drophead derivative, too.
Despite the lack of a V12 engine up front, the Spectre is being touted as the ultimate electric vehicle and, judging by the company's reputation, we won't be surprised if that's true.
Even through the camouflage, it's clear to see that the new model will not deviate from the brand's traditional styling; it will retain the Pantheon Grille, even though there's no need for it. That's not to say it won't have a few unique touches, as Rolls-Royce has even redesigned the Spirit of Ecstasy for the electric future.
The British luxury marque has remained tightlipped on the subject, but we'd expect the Spectre to boast a heady amount of power, somewhere in the region of 600 to 650-horsepower. The newcomer will also have to boast a sufficient travel range as a grand tourer. After all, we can't imagine the average customer being too happy about waiting around for their Rolls-Royce to charge up every 300 miles or so.
Perhaps the brand will follow Porsche's idea. The German brand is setting out to create premium charging stations with upmarket amenities for customers, such as coffee shops and workstations. Elsewhere, the CEO also told the British publication that, due to trade bans on Russia, the automaker will be able to reroute vehicles once destined for the country to other markets.
Interestingly, the Ukrainian factory from which Rolls-Royce sources its engine wiring harnesses has restarted production. Despite being temporarily shuttered due to the invasion, the company's production remained unaffected. If only other carmakers were so lucky.