Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Rolls-Royce | posted September 09, 2015 13:57
Rolls-Royce shows the new age of open-top motoring with the new Dawn
After teasing the drophead convertible last week, Rolls-Royce has officially taken the digital wraps off of the Dawn prior to its official show debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Described by the automaker as 'the most uncompromised open-top motoring experience', the Dawn blends the four-seater luxury of a Rolls-Royce along with the fun factor of a convertible.
“Our new Rolls-Royce Dawn promises a striking, seductive encounter like no other Rolls-Royce to date, and begins a new age of open-top, super-luxury motoring. Dawn is a beautiful new motor car that offers the most uncompromised open-top motoring experience in the world. It will be the most social of super-luxury drophead motor cars for those who wish to bathe in the sunlight of the world’s most exclusive social hotspots,” said Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
The Dawn's exterior carries the familiar design direction of Rolls-Royce with its long hood, short front overhang, clean-looking side profile and 'boat-tail' rear. Despite being labeled early on as the convertible variant of the Wraith, Rolls-Royce stated that it is a distinct model with 80% of its body panels unique to the car alone. In addition, the company also claimed that they designed it in such a way that it looks good with its roof up or down.
Dimension-wise, the Dawn measures 5,285mm long, 1,947mm wide, 1,502mm tall and has a wheelbase measurement of 3,112mm. In addition, it has a curb weight of 2,560kg.
Compare it with the Wraith, Rolls-Royce said that the front grill is 45mm lower while the front bumper has been extended to 53mm as a way to make the Dawn 'feel focused, even when standing still'. Turning to the side, one can see the prominent beltline and large alloy wheels that can come in either 21- or 20 inch sizes. With the roof up, the automaker stated that the soft top blends harmoniously with the lines and shape of the Dawn.
As mentioned earlier, the rear echoes the original design of early 'boat tail' Rolls-Royce drophead coupes. The most prominent feature of the Dawn aside from its interior and soft top is the roof deck that stores the retractable roof. Rolls-Royce added that customers can specify the type of wood that can be applied on the roof deck, making each one unique each client.
The roof itself can be deployed in 20 seconds and can be activated of up to speeds of 50 km/h.
Aboard, the four-seater drophead coupe features a 2+2 seating configuration that is enveloped in hues of wood trim and leather upholstery. It has four individual bucket seats that were designed to assert what Rolls-Royce described as the 'energetic yet elegant' purpose of the Dawn. Cabin amenities found on the drophead coupe include: four-zone climate control, Bespoke Audio system with sixteen speakers and chrome décor on interior panels and controls as such.
Driving the Rolls-Royce Dawn is a 6.6-liter twin turbo V12 that delivers 571 PS along with 780 Nm of torque. Like the Wraith, it is fitted with a ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox that benefits from Satellite Aided Transmission which maps out the best gear ratios depending on the road's topography. It has an electronically limited 250 km/h top speed and it can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.