Car News 18 Mar 2016

New Rolls-Royce Dawn hits the roads

Rolls-Royce has launched its eagerly anticipated Dawn open-top.  The Dawn is designed to bring Rolls-Royce into a new era; the super-luxury convertible injecting a fresh, contemporary appeal as, “the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built”.

Rolls-Royce looked to the 1952 Silver Dawn Cabriolet and La Dolce Vita as inspiration for the new car.  The Dawn features a 6-layer, treated canvas soft-top roof, capable of retracting silently in 21 seconds at speeds up to 30mph.  The cabin and roof have been meticulously designed, so that even with the top down, the drive is smooth, quiet and comfortable.

Although similar in appearance to the Wraith, the Dawn has 80% new and unique bodywork, only sharing the door design and grille surround with the hard top.  It is the most stiff-bodied, four-seat convertible on the market, with tweaked suspension, new air springs and active roll bars.

The Dawn is powered by the same 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 as the Ghost, delivering 563bhp with 575lb ft of torque and 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds.  Top speed is limited to 155mph, with power directed to the rear wheels via an eight-speed XF automatic gearbox.  This is linked to Satellite Aided Transmission software that reads the road ahead and adjusts accordingly.

In terms of styling, the exterior comes in an array of over 44,000 standard colours, bespoke finishes and materials.  The rear deck is finished in high quality wood, which is carried over to the dashboard.  Internally, the cabin receives a large central screen on the dashboard, with touch pad tech, a 16-speaker Hi-Fi system, head up display and almost limitless styling customisation across the whole car.

The Dawn is on sale now, priced at £250,000 before customisation.