The 2024 Rolls-Royce Specter makes its debut today: watch the live stream
A new addition to the Rolls-Royce range doesn’t happen very often, and the Specter is Goodwood’s first product to ditch the combustion engine. Ahead of the company’s move to a purely electric range in 2030, the coupe will signal RR’s zero-emissions ambitions and the phasing out of its signature V12 engine. Despite debuting today, customer deliveries won’t begin until the fourth quarter of 2023, so the 1% have a long wait.
What are they going to get? The most luxurious electric vehicle in the world, Most likely. Few details were leaked by the BMW-owned brand ahead of today’s reveal, such as a drag coefficient of just 0.25. Even the Spirit of Ecstasy statuette had to be tweaked slightly to become more slippery as part of a greater effort to maximize efficiency. The Specter will roll on 23-inch wheels, making it the first coupe since the 1926 Bugatti Royale to feature such large factory alloys.
A big EV needs a big, heavy battery, so we weren’t surprised when Rolls-Royce announced the pack would weigh 700kg (over 1,500 pounds). In addition to supplying juice to the electric motors, the battery will also act as a sound deadener through clever engineering. Between the roof of the battery and the floor will be channels for wiring and piping.
Specter won’t serve as an electric replacement for the Wraith, but rather as a spiritual successor to the Phantom Coupe. It is ready to accommodate the largest coach doors ever seen in an RR, measuring almost one and a half meters (about 59 inches). The opulent EV is based on the Architecture of Luxury, a modular aluminum space frame adapted from the latest Phantom, Ghost and Cullinan. Although the oily bits have been removed, the electrical system is much more complex and there are no less than 7,000 meters of wiring.
The Specter will represent the pinnacle of EV engineering within the BMW Group and the conglomerate’s first coupe to lose ICE.
The livestream starts at 12pm GMT / 8am EDT.