The new images show the luxury electric vehicle undergoing winter testing near the Arctic Circle as part of a 2.5 million kilometer development program.
Still wrapped in its striking camouflage which features quotes from co-founder Sir Henry Royce, the car is pictured enduring temperatures as low as -40C at Rolls-Royce’s bespoke proving ground in Arjeplog, in Sweden.
Over the past few months, the all-new coupe has undergone more than 6,000,000 km of testing to assess the performance of everything from its all-electric drivetrain and suspension to door seals and air conditioning to ensure that it meets the requirements of engineers and customers. standards.
With winter testing now complete, the Specter has completed a quarter of its 2.5 million kilometer development programme, designed to mimic 400 years of typical Rolls-Royce ownership.
The Specter has been described by Rolls-Royce bosses as the most important car in its 118-year history, heralding the move away from massive combustion engines for an all-electric future. By 2030, the brand intends to be an all-electric brand.
Using a modified version of the aluminum space frame that underpins the current Phantom, Phantom and cullinanthe Specter is positioned as the successor to the Phantom Coupe – a two-door, four-seat super coupe that combines a sleeker look with renowned Rolls-Royce luxury.
Rolls-Royce says the Specter takes inspiration from the Phantom coupé philosophy, design and dimensions and revives some features, such as the Phantom’s split headlights. It also shares more than a bit of overall design with the smaller Wraith coupe, from its shorter overhangs and long hood – led by the new Spirit of Ecstacy – to the gently sloping rear roof line. It will also be the first Rolls-Royce coupe since 1926 to feature 23-inch wheels.
There are few clues as to the interior design, but it’s fair to assume it will draw inspiration from the reductive luxury approach taken by the last ghost. Passengers will sit low, “cocooned” by the deep dashboard, and a completely flat floor should help with sound insulation.
Rolls-Royce hasn’t announced any details about the Spectre’s electric drivetrain, stating only that it will be in line with “the Rolls-Royce experience”, so expect plenty of power and big batteries to provide a long autonomy.
Underpinning the new transmission and the rest of the car’s functions is a new “decentralized” control system that bosses call Rolls-Royce 3.0. With up to three times more electronic connections and functions than the Phantom, each element of the Specter has its own controller and can communicate with other functions to provide new levels of adaptability and control.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, President and CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: “The announcement of every new Rolls-Royce motor car carries a great weight of expectation, but Specter is undoubtedly the most expected from the brand’s modern history. That’s because it’s more than a product. It’s a symbol of our bright and bold electric future, and it represents a seismic shift in our powertrain technology.
He added that the car had met the “most ambitious” expectations of its designers since testing began.