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Rolls-Royce Spectre prototype has completed hot-weather testing in South Africa. Image: Rolls-Royce.

Look what’s been spotted in SA: New Rolls-Royce Spectre

The silent, zero-emissions Spirit of Ecstasy has been spotted in SA. And it’s looking mighty fine in the process.

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Rolls-Royce Spectre prototype has completed hot-weather testing in South Africa. Image: Rolls-Royce.

It’s not uncommon for new and exotic cars to be spotted in South Africa testing, with its harsh climates, wide variety of terrains and surfaces (ahem, potholes). Not to mention great locations for testing teams to stay, which ensure South Africa is a popular testing destination.

However, we wonder if Rolls-Royce engineers were banking on a local phenomenon called loadshedding for their electric prototype. They’ll quickly learn that keeping the batteries topped up is an exercise in forward planning in Mzansi.

Spotted in South Africa: Rolls-Royce Spectre

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Taking in the sights. The Rolls-Royce Spectre EV prototype in SA. Image: Rolls Royce.

Nevertheless, revealed in 2022, the silent-running Rolls-Royce Spectra is undergoing final testing ahead of its official launch before the end of the year. Rolls-Royce has already visited the extreme cold of the Arctic Circle and the south of France. Now the prototypes are in South Africa for hot-weather testing.

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Testing in South Africa: But where?

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Rare find. Rolls-Royce Spectre prototype spotted in SA. Image: Rolls Royce.

Two regions specifically: Augrabies in the Northern Cape and Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Rolls-Royce says the two locations provide an ideal contrast between dry and humid heat, with temperatures exceeding 40-degrees at times. It looks of it they encountered some crazy thundershowers along the way, too.

Testing is so meticulous for a brand like Rolls-Royce, more than 1 500 hours were spent perfecting the regenerative braking system to ensure it feels “present yet effortless.” Good on them! That’s very important for any luxury EV.

Meticulous attention to detail

Spectre EV prototype spotted in SA. Image: Rolls Royce.

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The final specification of the Spectre is still undisclosed. But we know it will come with a dual-motor all-wheel-drive electric powertrain developing in the region of 400 kW. So a Cruising range of 500 km is predicted and a fast charger should ensure an 80% recharge takes less than 30 minutes.