Rolls-Royce - Dawn Price: from £277,365
Last Updated On: 27/05/2018
In simplistic terms, the new Rolls-Royce Dawn is the long-awaited convertible version of the Wraith 2-door coupé. However the drop-top has undergone substantial engineering development and 80% of it's outer panels are new. Rolls-Royce claim that Dawn is “the quietest open-top car ever made” and “the most rigid four-seater convertible available today”.
Dawn is powered by the same 6.6 litre twin turbo V12 that can be found in its coupé sibling, which puts out 563bhp at 5250rpm and is driven through an eight-speed automatic gearbox giving it a 0-62mph (100km/h) of under five seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph (249km/h).
Dawn is a full four-seater, accessed by front-opening 'coach doors' and cosseting its passengers in an extraordinary level of comfort and style as can be seen in the images below. In bad weather they are protected by an enormous six-layer folding roof which stows away in a compartment behind the rear seats. Some boot space is lost in the process, but on the plus side, with the roof raised, Dawn is marginally quieter accross the cruising range that the closed-top Wraith.
State-of-the-art technology has not been forgotten either and the car’s major functions are controlled via a large central screen and Roll-Royce’s own version of BMW’s iDrive (called the Rotary Controller). Radar cruise and automatically dipping lights are standard.
For such a large car weighing in at 2560kg, the handling is very well matched to the silky-smooth ride, and very little has been altered to its underpinnings from the slightly firmer-riding Wraith.