Amidst the palatial splendor of the Wynn Palace casino resort, which adorns the vibrant Macau Cotai Strip like a jewel, the venerable British luxury automobile titan Rolls-Royce bestowed upon the world a revelation that shimmered with opulence and innovation. The Rolls-Royce Spectre, a masterpiece melding timeless luxury with cutting-edge technology, now graces the North Atrium Lobby, a spectacle in steel and spirit that invites onlookers to dream of electric elegance until December 1, 2023.
Ensconced within the ranks of the world’s most illustrious vehicles, each propelled forth by the seminal “Spirit of Ecstasy” bonnet mascot, the Spectre heralds a new era as Rolls-Royce’s inaugural foray into the realm of fully electric motoring. Descended from the storied lineage of the Phantom and Cullinan, the Spectre eschews their combustion hearts for a pair of electric synchronous motors, whose 577 horses gallop silently, offering a modern chariot for about 260 miles on a single, full charge.
The grand reveal, which took place on a balmy Sunday, the 19th of November, was anything but ordinary; it was a gala celebration that saw over 200 esteemed guests, many guardians of their own Rolls-Royce keys, convene upon the verdant Wynn Palace Lawn. Revelers were not merely observers but participants in a moment that punctuates Wynn China’s, a branch of Las Vegas’s own Wynn Resorts, mission to cultivate Macau as a lighthouse of global leisure and tourism.
Price is but a number when enchantment is limitless, and though the Spectre’s base claims $422,750 of one’s treasure, Car and Driver whispers of figures cresting the half-million pinnacle, no thanks to an array of bespoke indulgences that beckon the buyer to inscribe their essence upon the very soul of their steed.
Once the toasts were concluded and the stars retreated, the Spectre found repose in the heart of the casino, a gleaming beacon in the lobby to ensnare the fascination of globetrotters. “An exhibition designed to give visitors from around the world a chance to get up close and experience the excitement,” so declared the proclamation from Wynn China, inviting all to witness the automotive apotheosis that is the world’s first ultra-luxury electric super coupe.
Each Rolls-Royce is a testament to artisanal prowess, hand-crafted with meticulous passion at the Goodwood altar in West Sussex, where each stroke, stitch, and polish transcends mere manufacturing.
Macau’s infamous penchant for the exceptional has long charmed the echelons of the elite, especially the coveted VIP players who have, since the city’s return from Portugal to the People’s Republic in 1999, sought the rarified air of luxurious excess. In 2013, atop the zenith of Macau’s gaming prowess with a staggering $45 billion in casino wins, the flamboyant visionary Stephen Hung envisaged The 13, a beacon for billionaires, and in anticipation, furnished the resort with twenty Rolls-Royce Phantom chariots, a princely sum of $20 million and the grandest fleet order to grace the company’s ledger.
Yet as fate would weave its unpredictable dance, The 13’s dreams dissolved into the ether, never opening its doors to the world it so yearned to dazzle, resulting in a sorrowful divestiture of its majestic motorcade in 2019. A tale of ambition and awe, a memory etched into the grand narrative of Macau, a city where even the streets whisper stories of luxury and loss.