Designed and engineered to be a Rolls-Royce first, and an electric car second, Spectre marks the beginning of a new era for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Spectre was presented at Auto Shanghai 2023 for the very first time in a two-tone Morganite, a colour between mauve and dark rosé, and inspired by the rare Morganite gemstone.
To ensure the famous Rolls-Royce ‘magic carpet ride’ carried over to its electric iteration, Spectre underwent the most challenging testing programme ever by the marque. It was on the Côte d’Azur that Spectre’s digitally integrated evolution of the renowned Planar suspension system was finalised. Planar suspension is collection of systems with precisely defined responses to driver inputs and road conditions, made possible by the latest software and hardware developments. Rolls-Royce’s hallmark experience of silence within the car is supported by the clever mounting of the battery, which enables Spectre’s perfectly smooth underfloor profile. This not only creates a low seating position and enveloping cabin but realises a secondary function for the battery – almost 700kg of sound deadening.
“Rolls-Royce Spectre is perhaps the most important car in our long and storied history, and I am delighted to be in Shanghai for the China premiere of this fabulous car, an important step on our ambitious journey to become an all-electric brand by the end of 2030,” said Henrik Wilhelmsmeyer, Director of Sales and Brand, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “As one of the world’s leading NEV countries, China is a key market for Spectre, and I am delighted to see that our clients here share our great excitement for this car. Rolls-Royce and electric drive are a perfect fit: battery electric power offers silent propulsion, instant torque, and tremendous power – just like our beloved V12. Waftability and our famous ‘magic carpet ride’ are assured.”
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars also celebrated the luxury of handcraftsmanship at Shanghai with three stunning Bespoke motor cars, underlining the near-infinite personalisation possibilities offered by the marque. It also announced, ‘Private Office Shanghai’, the next step in the company’s strategy to bring the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood closer to its global clientele and cater for increasing demand for its bespoke capabilities.