This story includes renderings of a hypothetical Rolls-Royce Spectre Drophead Coupe created by Thanos Pappas for CarScoops that are neither related to nor endorsed by Rolls-Royce.
Rolls-Royce has finally unveiled its first fully electric production model in the form of a luxurious two-door coupe named the Spectre. The British automaker has pledged to offer a fully electric range by 2030, so we took the liberty of creating a soft-top variant of the Spectre in the digital world, a model that could be worthy of the Drophead Coupe name or the recently trademarked Droptail moniker.
Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös made it clear that the Spectre is not the replacement for the ICE-powered Wraith, but a spiritual successor of the discontinued Phantom Coupe (2008-2016). This means that a potential convertible would be the equivalent of the Phantom Drophead Coupe (2007-2016) instead of the more contemporary Dawn.
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For our fictional Spectre convertible, we removed the roof and pillars, opting for a stylish white-painted fabric roof. Rearwards opening doors, frameless windows, thin pillars, and a thin layer of chrome around the greenhouse complete the conversion. The signature wooden rear deck couldn’t be missing from the mix, revealing itself when the roof folds down behind the four-seater cabin.
As you can see, we kept the lower body of the coupe pretty much unaltered, as is the case with most convertible variants. The low-volume nature of Rolls-Royce’s products gives them greater freedom in terms of bespoke panels but with such a timeless and clean design they could leave it as is.
Of course, as with every model coming out of the Goodwood factory, the convertible would have countless personalization options when it comes to colors, materials, and bespoke features. This could go as far as few-off and one-off special editions, as is the case with the Phantom flagship.
The Spectre measures 5,453 mm (214.7 inches) long, which puts it right in between the 5,268 mm (207.4 inches) long Dawn and the 5,609 mm (220.8 inches) long Phantom Coupe. The convertible variant would be around the same size, although there is a chance Rolls-Royce does some of its long-tail magic and extends the rear overhang for an even more commanding road presence.
Rolls-Royce has confirmed that all of its future models will be based on the aluminum Architecture of Luxury which was introduced with the V12-powered Phantom but was developed from the start to be EV compatible. As with the fixed-top Spectre, the convertible’s electric powertrain would produce 577 hp (430 kW / 585 PS) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque. As for the electric range, chances are it would be slightly worse than the 520 km (320 mile) figure of the Spectre due to the extra weight of the reclining roof mechanism and chassis reinforcements. Mind you, the coupe is already a tad too heavy, tipping the scales at 2,975 kg (6,559 lbs).
Last March, Rolls-Royce officially closed the order books for the Wraith and Dawn, with production expected to conclude by the end of the year. This means that you can’t buy a Rolls-Royce convertible anymore, leaving a gap in the market. Thus, we believe there is a good chance the Goodwood-based automaker will reveal an open-top variant of the Spectre in the coming years.
Renderings by Thanos Pappas for CarScoops