We Caught The First Electric Rolls-Royce Driving Around Silently

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This is our best look at the most important Rolls-Royce ever.

From affordable family crossovers to exotic luxury coupes, 2021 was a huge year for electric vehicles. At the top end of the market, the 2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre was revealed earlier this year as the first production EV from the UK automaker. Rolls-Royce has teased an all-electric model for years now, but we finally know exactly when it will arrive. The Spectre will reach customers in the fourth quarter of 2023, meaning there is plenty of time before we see it uncamouflaged.

Rolls-Royce debuted the Spectre wearing a unique wrap with phrases such as, "when it does not exist design it" and "strive for perfection." During this reveal, Rolls only showed the car from a few select angles, but our spy photographers recently got a closer look at the Spectre undergoing development testing.

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The Spectre is a two-door coupe, so we expected it to look broadly similar to the now-discontinued Wraith. We can now tell that the Spectre will be very different from its gas-powered predecessor. Some classic Rolls-Royce design elements (like the rear-opening coach doors) will remain, but others will be reimagined. The headlights, for example, appear to have a split design like some upcoming BMW models. The taillights on this prototype appear provisional for testing purposes but could have a different shape than we are used to from Rolls-Royce.

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Details about the Spectre's drivetrain are still scarce, though the electric motors should produce similar output as the company's twin-turbo V12 engines (in the 650-horsepower range). The car will ride on Rolls-Royce's "Architecture of Luxury" aluminum platform, which underpins current models such as the Ghost, Phantom, and Cullinan. Development testing has begun, so we should see the Spectre on several occasions throughout 2022. We don't expect Rolls-Royce to remove the camo until 2023, right before the official on-sale date.

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