First Drive Electric RollsRoyce Phantom Car Reviews by Car Enthusiast

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CO 2 emissions: 0g/km

Range: 100 120 miles

Top speed: 99mph

‘under eight seconds’


Torque: 590lb.ft

In the

It’s a Rolls-Royce Phantom, means all its imposing gravitas, but a few subtle identifiers to mark it out as a bit different. The Spirit of Ecstasy is lit by LED light and its usual stainless construction has been replaced by an material called Makrolon. are more LEDs around the filler cap, which, has been replaced by a plug

A special fine metallic requiring 16 different applications, the 102EX a particularly deep finish. Inside, it’s all the which means ankle carpet, fine wood and finishes befitting of a car that so much.

Driving it:

It might an entirely bespoke, experimental but the 102EX feels little to its conventionally powered Phantom The start-up is silent so the only of knowing the 102EX is ready to is via the instrumentation. Push the accelerator to the and the weighty luxury machine reach 62mph in around seconds and reach its 99mph maximum shortly afterwards.

That’s uncouth, and extremely to the potential range of the battery-powered Drive it more sedately and reckons it’ll manage between 100- and 120 miles enough for a hop from office to At more sedate town it’s as hushed and effortless as its V12 petrol relative. Two electric provide the same seemingly linear surge, the response to from your right metered out swiftly and silently.

That ease and refinement are suited to the Phantom’s stately and huge comfort.

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In every way the 102EX is pure Rolls-Royce: the steering wheel nicely and accurate, the suspension gliding imperfections in the road. It really feel like a regular which highlights not just the of integration of the experimental electric but the deeply impressive performance and on offer from the conventional

What you get for your Money:

the wealthiest Rolls-Royce owner find the cost of the experimental driven Phantom a bit expensive. Not as the 102EX started out as a regular before it had its engine and transmission and replaced by its battery and electric combination. You can ask Rolls-Royce to build you but we suspect the answer will be a no — however deep pockets are.

It’s irrelevant then, but on a cost in the region of Ј600,000 Ј700,000.

Worth Noting

engineers admit that the installation of the electric motors and was a relatively painless process. has taken development time is the getting the instruments to work, the power steering and suchlike.

as it is Rolls-Royce’s engineers talk of other potential drivetrain with one suggesting a gas turbine system to overcome the range with the conventionally charged Rolls-Royce is also looking at charging systems, where no connection is required to top up the batteries.

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