Rolls-Royce Spectre unveiled in Malaysia, priced from RM2mil

PETALING JAYA: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Kuala Lumpur has debuted the all-electric Spectre.

With its price starting from RM2mil (excluding options, taxes and duties), this fully-electric ultra-luxury super coupe is said to be in high demand by younger individuals who prefer to drive such a vehicle rather than being chauffeured.

Entering the queue today means your order will be fulfilled sometime in 2025 for the Spectre that's been put through 50,000 hours and 2.5 million kilometres of testing – that's 62 times around the world and 400 years worth of regular use.

 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Kuala Lumpur executive director Anas Zawawi Khalid (left) with Nikkein.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Kuala Lumpur executive director Anas Zawawi Khalid with Nikkein.

The iconic British brand will see its entire product portfolio become fully electric by 2030. Gone will be the 6.75-litre V12.

It features two 1.5m coach doors that close automatically when the driver steps on the brake pedal.

It has a wheelbase of 3,210mm, a four-seat set-up with 380 litres of rear boot space and a kerb weight of 2,890kg (kerb), Spectre measures in at 5,475mm-long, 2,144mm-wide and 1,573mm-tall.

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Its two electric motors are powered by a 102kWh lithium-ion battery.

The 700kg battery with 804 individual cells contributes about 30% of added torsional rigidity to the Spectre.

The battery's cooling system has been tested in extreme conditions from -40 (Arctic Circle) to over 50 degrees Celsius (South Africa) to keep it operating within optimal temperatures at all times.

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The front motor provides 190kW and 365Nm while the rear delivers 360kW and 710Nm for a combined all-wheel-driven output of 430kW (584hp) and 900Nm.

This allows the Spectre to sprint from 0 to 100kph in 4.5 seconds before reaching a limited top speed of 250kph.

A full charge will provide up to 530km (WLTP) of range and charging up the battery (located within the floor) from 0% to 100% with a 22kW AC Charger will take five hours and 30 minutes.

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Using a 50kW DC Charger will get the battery from 0% to 80% in 95 minutes while using a 195kW (max) DC fast charger will get the same deed done in 34 minutes.

A nine-minute charge with the DC charger will provide about 100km of range.

Featuring that unmistakable Pantheon grille, it's lit up by 22 LEDs while the redesigned Spirit of Ecstasy has undergone more than 830 hours of wind-tunnel testing to help achieve a low drag coefficient of just 0.25Cd – becoming the brand's most aerodynamic vehicle yet.

Being the spiritual successor to the Phantom Coupe, the Spectre uses the same 12-segment four-matrix split headlight design - each providing up to 600m of forward illumination.

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The aluminium space-frame chassis that's been bespoke to the Spectre alone helps to hold all that's mechanical, electrical and 7km worth of cabling.

As one would expect, the highly praised Magic Carpet Ride is fitted with a system that has individual sensors monitoring almost 20 different parameters including steering, braking, power delivery and suspension to create "perfection" in terms of tracking and stability.

The Magic Carpet Ride works in tandem with an evolved suspension system seen originally in the Ghost.

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Along straights, the system can decouple the Spectre's anti-roll bars to allow each wheel to act independently.

This dramatically reduces the rocking motions when one side of the vehicle experiences an undulation along the road while utilising Active Lane Centering and Adaptive Cruise Control.

High-frequency disturbances caused by smaller, repeated surface defects get dramatically reduced here as well.

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Like all ultra-luxury brands, the interior can be customised to the whims and fancies of any client.

With the driver having a digital instrument cluster with dials that react dynamically to various inputs, while looking very much analogue, the front passenger can be impressed by the illuminated fascia with 5,584 stars that feature movement for the first time.

To accompany the "silent" cabin is the brand's 1,400W Bespoke Audio system that's said to have been tuned by ear –  all while getting comfortable in the brand's new front seat design that has a lapel section (inspired by British tailoring) that can be rendered in contrasting or matching colours.

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To control the vehicle's numerous functions is the brand's digital architecture of luxury - dubbed Spirit which houses a suite of features including a personally bespoke selection of instrument dials, a re-designed central display, and an intelligent personal assistant – Eleanor.

Owners can also interact with the vehicle remotely and seamlessly through the Whispers app.

The example here features the brand's 1,344 stars in its Shooting Star Headliner while each door has 2,398 backlit perforations.

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Customers can alternatively choose a backdrop of Canadel panelling that's been angled to 45 degrees.

For added abilities, this long super coupe is not only equipped with all-wheel-drive but also all-wheel-steering and active roll stabilisation for a flat cornering experience while rolling on 23-inch wheels with self-sealing 255/40 (front) and 295/35 (rear) tyres.

Pushing a button marked "B" on the Collumn Shifter will activate the vehicle's Brake Mode, increasing its braking recuperation for a single-pedal driving experience.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars regional director (Asia-Pacific) Irene Nikkein said Malaysia is a key market for the marque, which is a sub-brand under the BMW Group.

“With its contemporary design and bespoke interior, combined with engineering substance and innovation, the Spectre is a true Rolls-Royce,” she said.

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