26th February 2024

The apparent query: Why ought to anybody care a couple of half 1,000,000 greenback extremely luxe EV?

Most clearly, there isn’t any side of the auto trade that’s immune from the pattern towards electrical. It’s sooner, smoother, extra linear in acceleration, and has discovered its manner into every part from pickup vehicles to luxo-barges.

Second, all the “money-is-no-object” RR expertise will finally discover its manner into the remainder of the fleet. Rolls Royce tech is owned by BMW; the tech was co-developed together with the underpinnings of the i7 sequence. So along with sharing improvement prices, we must always anticipate to see this expertise migrate into every part from the 2-series (and smaller vehicles in Europe) in addition to the Mini and the total line of BMW bikes.

The small print of the Spectre are much less spectacular than the truth that such a beast even exists:

577 horsepower
664 pound-feet of torque
6,558 kilos, 17.9 toes lengthy
Zero to 60 mph is 4.Four seconds; high velocity is 155 mph
260 miles per cost
Cost from 10% to 80% full in 34 minutes (fast-charger)
$500,000 coupe

Lest anybody harbors any illusions concerning the impression of EVs, my pal Hannah Elliot, the primary particular person outdoors of RR to drive the Spectre, put it this fashion:

“I discovered the estimated $500,000 coupe to be smoother, extra silent and extra highly effective–to not point out higher trying–than any of its V-12 predecessors. The 118-year-old model has tied its mythology to its famously enormous combustion engines, however this primary step into electrification is daring and surefooted. The firstborn in a deliberate line of electrical autos, this two-door titan saturates its passengers in indulgence. It alerts a clean transition forward.”

As a lot because it pains a V8 petrol-head like myself, the truth is electrical is solely a superior expertise. Full cease.

Positive, it doesn’t have the roar, the odor, even the power to make mods and upgrades (but) that inside combustion engines had. Fashionable ICE vehicles within the ECU period now not have the power to tinker that earlier vehicles had anyway.

Look, the interior combustion engine lasted over a century. It was an ideal run, however it’s coming to an finish.

Or extra precisely, it’s over.

I’ve a storage stuffed with antiques, and that’s simply high-quality. The truth that they’re just a few years previous shouldn’t confuse anybody. They may as effectively be a 100-year-old oak eating room desk, or another collectible bauble, they’re antiques nonetheless.


Supply: Rolls-Royce; See additionally Bloomberg, Automobile and Driver

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