New 2023 Rolls-Royce Spectre: everything you need to know

Tyler Heatley

29 Sep 2021

First Rolls-Royce EV due to launch in 2023 with bespoke architecture.

> New Rolls-Royce Spectre announced

> 100% EV

> Bespoke architecture not shared with BMW 

> Due to launch in Q4 2023

> Testing to start this year

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2023 Rolls-Royce Spectre design

Rolls-Royce has boldly announced the new Spectre to be the most important moment in the marque’s history. This first all-electric Rolls-Royce aims to be set the benchmark for automotive opulence, just as its combustion predecessors did.

A heavily disguised prototype bearing iconic quotes from throughout Rolls-Royce history has been shown, however, we can see very little of the car’s actual design. It would appear to be a two-door coupe of a similar breed to the current Wraith. However, the bespoke architecture that will underpin this car is scalable, meaning it will be the backbone of future models of all sizes. This platform will also remain unique to Rolls-Royce.

We should expect core Rolls-Royce design DNA to remain with things such as a large grille and Spirit of Ecstasy on the Spectre’s nose.

2023 Rolls-Royce interior and infotainment

Nothing of the interior has been shown of yet, but we can expect this to be just as luxurious as every Rolls-Royce that has come before. That means handcrafted woods, the finest materials, unique design elements, and the ability for any customer to tailor a car to their exacting desires.

The infotainment system will no doubt be based upon BMW’s iDrive – no bad thing as it’s one of the best in the business. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility should be a given.

Being electric, this should also be the most silent Rolls-Royce to date.

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2023 Rolls-Royce Spectre practicality and boot space

If this car does indeed take the form of a Wraith replacement, it will be a 2+2 with a respectable boot. However, we don’t know much more than that.

For reference, the current Wraith features a 470-litre boot.

2023 Rolls-Royce batteries, motors and range

At this point, Rolls-Royce Spectre specifications are pure speculation, but it’s fair to assume that its performance should match or surpass the current Wraith. That means a power output in the region of 650bhp, but expect its 0-62mph sprint to be faster than 4.6 seconds due to its immediate electrical response.

The current Wraith is a rear-wheel drive model, but the new car could be fitted with all-wheel drive for optimum traction. That said, a rear-wheel drive variant might yield better range and driving dynamics.

Rolls-Royce owners won’t accept a poor electric range, so the new car is expected to cover at least 300 miles on a charge. The Spectre will likely be able to rapid charge at the highest available speed.

2023 Rolls-Royce Spectre prices and on-sale date

Again, a pricing announcement is still some way off, but the current Wraith starts at £258,000. It’s a safe bet that the new car will be more costly due to all of its new EV tech.

We do know when the Rolls-Royce Spectre is due to arrive, so mark your calendars for Q4 2023.

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Tyler Heatley

29 Sep 2021