Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Kelvin Christian Go | posted July 28, 2016 19:03
Latest Rolls-Royce four-seat Drophead arrives in Manila
British Bespoke Automobiles Inc., the official distributor of Rolls-Royce cars in the Philippines, has introduced the Rolls-Royce Dawn. Based on the Rolls-Royce Wraith, the Dawn blends the automaker's signature luxuries with open-top motoring.
“We are optimistic that our customers will respond favorably to the Dawn, and we are already registering strong interest for the car from Filipino customers. The Philippines registered one of the fastest economic growth figures in Asia so far this year, bolstering our belief in Rolls-Royce's continued success in the market,” said Willy Tee Ten, President of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Manila.
From the front, the Dawn shares a similar front fascia as its hardtop counterpart with its slim headlights and trademark waterfall grill, topped off by the Spirit of Ecstasy. Like the Wraith, the Drophead features suicide doors, a design feature seen in all models. One will also see a defined shoulder line as well as the steeply raked windshield. For the convertible body, the automaker claims that 80 percent of its body panels are unique.
According to Rolls-Royce, great attention has been given to the roof. The top comes up in 20 seconds and can be deployed at speeds up to 50 kilometers per hour. One of the goals stated was to make the quietest convertible in the market today. Engineers designed a noiseless mechanism for the Dawn's fabric top. Rolls-Royce calls it the Silent Ballet.
Inside the Dawn is space for four, high quality leather and the option to choose various types of trim from wood to aluminum. Customers may also configure their own Dawn through Bespoke, the automaker's individualization program. These include various selection of leather trims, wood accents, lighting and more. Infotainment is provided by a BMW-based system that utilizes a scroll wheel. Signature Rolls-Royce design elements also include an analogue clock, three spoke steering wheel and headlight controls located away from the switchgears.
The Rolls-Royce Dawn is powered by a 6.6 liter, twin-turbocharged V12 engine. It pushes out 570 PS and 780 Nm of torque. It is then connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission. According to factory figures, the twin-turbo V12 can propel the 2,560 kilogram convertible from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 5.1 seconds to a limited top speed of 250 kilometers per hour.