Mrunal Manmay Dash

Rolls Royce on Friday launched its first pure-electric model, the Spectre, in India. The luxury EV is priced at Rs 7.5 crore (ex-showroom). The Spectre takes the crown as the most expensive four-wheeled EV available for private buyers in the country.

The Spectre looks like a typical Rolls Royce with a familiar design, featuring a long bonnet and a fastback-styled rear. The electric coupe is based on an all-aluminium spaceframe chassis and measures 5.4 meters in length. While this platform also underpins the current Phantom, Cullinan and Ghost, it was always designed with electrification in mind. The Spectre is claimed to be 30 percent stiffer than any previous Rolls-Royce and features active suspension and four-wheel steering.

At the front, the Spectre wears the widest-ever grille fitted to a Rolls-Royce. It's designed for aerodynamic efficiency and sports 22 LEDs for soft illumination at night. The Spirit of Ecstasy, too, has been aero-tuned and unlike a typical Rolls-Royce, which has a flat and upright nose, the bonnet on the Spectre swoops down to the grille. All these bits combine to give it a drag coefficient of 0.25, making it the most aerodynamic Rolls-Royce ever.

The car boasts a substantial 102kWh battery pack, offering an impressive range of 530km on the WLTP cycle. Charging the Spectre from 10-80 percent can be achieved in just 34 minutes using a 195kW charger, while a 50kW DC charger will take 95 minutes.

A notable feature is the introduction of Rolls-Royce's new software platform, 'Spirit.' Spirit controls all functions of the car and provides connected car technology. Rolls-Royce even offers bespoke services with the Spirit software, allowing customization down to the color of the dials to complement the interior.

Spectre's bookings have been opened from today.

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