Rolls-Royce gave us a teaser of their new convertible, Dawn, during a private showing in Beverly Hills back in May. With a week to go before Dawn makes its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the official release is here.
The Dawn shares characteristics with Royce’s Ghost sedan and Wraith coupe, though the luxury car company insists it’s unique enough to warrant its own model. It really seems like a convertible Wraith at a glance, but nearly 80 percent of the Dawn’s body panels are new.
Without question, the engineering highlight of the new Rolls-Royce Dawn is the new roof. The engineering team had one goal in mind in designing the car’s top: to make the quietest convertible car in the world today. The six-layer canvas top retracts in a silent operation, stowing neatly behind the open-pore wood deck; Rolls says passengers should not be “inconvenienced by noise.” When the top is up, the profile of the Dawn is more three-box hot rod than the Wraith’s original body, which again emphasizes the uniqueness of this model.
Moving to the interior, the Dawn offers the same luxurious appointments and technology as Wraith and Ghost. Not much change or variation, but the contrasting dark blue exterior with the orange interior is stunning.
Under the hood is where the Dawn shines, using the same twin-turbocharged, 6.6-liter V12 as its cousin the Ghost. With 563 horsepower, it’s got enough get-up to move the 5,644-pound, rear-wheel-drive Dawn to 62 miles per hour in just under five seconds.
Despite now official release until now, orders for the Dawn have been pouring in. Labeled as the company’s “most versatile canvas”, Rolls Royce will offer a ton of customization options of this model. Technology like Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke Audio system, the Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller, and their Satellite Aided Transmission are all included in the Dawn.