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The Rolls-Royce 102EX Phantom Concept, an AW Flash Drive

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What is it?

The Rolls-Royce 102EX Phantom concept is a full-electric luxury liner. Why would a high-end company like Rolls want to mess around with an electric car? Because CEO Torsten Mьller-Цtvцs insists that the company realizes that V12s in sedans weighing as much as Ford Expeditions isn’t going to cut it forever—and even Rolls-Royce needs to look to the future and develop a plan for sustainable growth.

Rolls owners have rejected diesels outright, thus the electric 102EX.

The 102EX starts with your garden-variety Phantom, rips out the V12 and adds the largest battery pack ever fitted into a passenger car, with 96 lithium pouch cells. It takes up the same space underhood as the V12 and weighs 1,410 pounds. Plus there are two really powerful rear-mounted electric motors. The powertrain produces the equivalent of 390 hp (195 hp per electric motor) and 590 lb-ft of torque.

Compared with the regular Phantom’s 6.7-liter V12, the power here is down 63 hp, but torque is up 59 lb-ft.

What is it like to drive?

It’s frankly as close as we’ve gotten to driving the luxury car of the future. The 102EX flows along beautifully, smooth and buttery, silently floating over the road with tons of power and torque to spare. It’s even more quiet and smoother than a V12-powered Phantom, if you can imagine such a thing.


The car is electronically limited to 100 mph and will hit 60 mph in eight seconds (range is 124 miles), but the numbers aren’t the story. There is simply no interruption in acceleration. It’s not that there’s so much power and torque, it’s just that it’s all so effortless torque and acceleration right now.

And it’s there all the time.

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Since the structure of the electric version is slightly less rigid than the standard car and with the added weight (440 pounds), the EV gets down onto its bump stops just a wee bit sooner over road undulations. Still, we’ve never driven anything like it.

Do I want one?

Doesn’t matter—you couldn’t get one if you did. Though the 102EX might capture everything Rolls customers love about their cars (instant power and more than you’ll ever need, silent running, flowing over the road), the car will not go on sale; it’s a drivable market-research tool. It now begins a customer tour that includes Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America.

The tour runs through the end of the year. The hope is to engage customers to determine whether this type of alternate drivetrain will work. By the end of the tour, Rolls should have plenty of data to see where its future might be headed.

That was the idea in the first place.

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