Rolls-Royce is probably the only brand for which electrification is a better fit than any other. After all, the ultra-exclusive car manufacturer has spent decades toiling away at the task of tuning its V-12s to an almost inaudible level. However, even in comparison to earlier models of Rolls-Royce automobiles, the electric Spectre offers a significant improvement in terms of how quietly it operates. If you agree with Mihiar Ayoubi, principal engineer of the Spectre, that “silence is luxury,” then the Spectre is probably the most luxurious automobile that has ever been produced.

A Whole New Regime of Calmness


There is no guarantee that this will happen. The notion that all electric vehicles are intrinsically and uniformly silent is one that is not only widespread but also false. Although it is generally the case that electric motors produce far less noise than internal combustion engines, particularly when subjected to high loads, this is only one of the three principal causes of racket in a given environment. When it comes to the other two factors — the noise that rises up from the road and the way the vehicle cuts through the air around it — electric vehicles do not have any distinct advantages.

But the Spectre is so quiet that to ride in it would destroy the sensation of driving any other car, including the other models offered by Rolls-Royce. When travelling at speeds between 80 and 90 miles per hour, even a tiny ripple in the wind can start to bite at the side glass of the Spectre. However, when compared to a ride in a Cullinan SUV the next day, which is one of the quietest vehicles we have ever measured (62 decibels at a cruise speed of 70 miles per hour), the Spectre is so much quieter that we were fooled into thinking that a window on the Cullinan was cracked open slightly.

Spectre in the Driver’s Seat

However, the first electric vehicle produced by the business is about much more than just the absence of noise. Although harsh impacts ground those ideas and serve as a reminder of the weight of the 23-inch wheels and 32-inch-tall Pirelli P Zero PZ4 Elect tyres, you could feel you’re floating over the road because of how frictionlessly its tyres travel over smooth roads. However, sharp impacts also serve as a reminder of how heavy the tyres are. Because of the Spectre’s exceptional rolling smoothness, we believe it should feature a coasting option, which would maintain the otherworldly sense of ease throughout the entire experience. Instead, there is a tiny amount of default regen, and there is a B button on the spindly column shifter that allows you to raise the amount of regenerative braking to the point where it would bring the car to a stop without you touching the brake pedal. This is done in an attempt to assure smoothness, thus the length of travel for this button is a bit excessive. Other than that, the Spectre does not have any selectable drive-mode settings, which is a strategy that we totally agree with. The idea behind this strategy is to provide drivers with a single outstanding tune rather than offering them several ways to mess it up. There are no audio settings available because of the same reason. The only other option available to you in relation to the powertrain is a Rolls-Royce noise that increases in intensity in proportion to the amount of work being done by the motor; it sounds like an apocalyptic storm from the far future. When it is turned off, which is our preferred setting, the motors are completely silent. They are also plenty sturdy, although acceleration is not crazy fast in comparison to other electric vehicles of today. Despite this, acceleration from zero to sixty miles per hour in the low four-second range is fairly equivalent to that of the brand’s V-12 cars.

These current-excited synchronous motors are located in the front and rear and were borrowed from BMW, the parent firm. The front motor produces 255 horsepower, while the rear motor, which comes from the iX M60 and the i7 M70, produces an impressive 483 horsepower. The identical CATL cells are utilised throughout the battery pack that has a capacity of 102.0 kWh and is also shared with BMW. The engine has a maximum output of 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, which is almost identical to the most recent twin-turbo V-12 engine found in the Phantom sedan. According to Ayoubi, the Spectre utilises approximately 400 pounds of sound-deadening materials, just like past Rolls-Royces, and the battery pack, which weighs 1543 pounds, is another effective noise blanket.

The huge battery pack was skilfully integrated into the aluminium Architecture of Luxury by skilled craftsmen. As a result, the front seats sit just 0.8 inch higher and the rear seats sit 1.2 inches higher than those in the 2009 Phantom Coupe, which served as the muse for the Spectre. Additionally, the pack is a significant contributor to the purported 30 percent increase in torsional rigidity in comparison to the Rolls-Royce Ghost. The fact that the Spectre is just approximately 500 pounds heavier than a Cullinan or an i7 feels like about as big of a weight win as a 6600-pound four-seater can aspire for when it comes to weight.