> New Rolls-Royce Spectre spotted testing
> First electric model from the uber-premium brand
> Could replace the Wraith
> Around 600hp from two motors
> Debut expected in 2023
It’s the first fully electric Rolls-Royce, which makes it a very significant car. Even so, it’s not exactly a massive departure from Roller’s design language, using the signature elongated bonnet and a set of suicide doors. It looks quite a lot like the Wraith, which began life in 2013, so it's natural to speculate that the Spectre will replace the ageing Wraith.
Another way to look at it is the Wraith could continue life with an update and simply be offered as an EV in the Spectre – that long bonnet is certainly big enough to house the Wraith’s 6.75-litre V12 engine.
This prototype of the Spectre looks very close to being the finished article. We can see it rides lower than the Wraith, which will improve aerodynamics, and features a distinctive twin-headlight design at the front.
Roller is being very tight-lipped about this matter, so we’re left to speculate, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone if it got the same twin-motor setup developed by Roller’s parent brand BMW for cars like the iX M60, which when it arrives will be the most powerful version of Beamer’s recently launched flagship electric SUV.
This means the Spectre could pack over 600hp, which would put it on a par with the current Wraith, and the 0-62mph dash could be achieved in around 4.0 seconds. The range would be around 350 miles on WLTP figures.
Even though these spy shots show a very complete-looking prototype, the Spectre isn’t slated to arrive until 2023, so expect more spy shots to emerge over the coming months and Roller to drip out more details, which we will update you with as soon as we get it.
Again, there’s been no official word on pricing, but it’s a Rolls-Royce so we know it won’t be cheap. We would estimate prices to start at around £260,000 for the base car, before you’ve got busy with the almost endless extras and customisation options Roller offers.