Town & Country (Philippines) - - OUT ABOUT CARS - By An­ton L. Del­gado

Rolls-Royce’s new­est model, the Dawn, has made its way to the Philip­pines. A quote by Bat­man’s ally-turned-foe Har­vey Dent might best de­scribe this model’s vi­brant color pal­ette: “The night is dark­est just be­fore the dawn.” Some may think that a clash of col­ors might take away from this car’s se­duc­tive ele­gance, but in fact, it has the op­po­site ef­fect, as Rolls-Royce has shaded the hues pre­cisely to mir­ror the mo­ment the sun breaks the night. The bright, man­darin orange leather in­te­ri­ors con­trast beau­ti­fully with the car’s mid­night sap­phire blue ex­te­rior, com­ple­mented nicely by dark brown rose­wood trim that lines its dash­board and doors.

The soft-top con­vert­ible is built to ac­com­mo­date four pas­sen­gers who want to travel in the pin­na­cle of style. “At Rolls-Royce, we pride our­selves as cre­ators of fine mo­tor cars that also serve as so­cial spa­ces,” says Giles Tay­lor, Rolls-Royce de­sign di­rec­tor.

The au­to­matic trans­mis­sion car is pow­ered by a beastly V-12 en­gine with 48 valves that work in per­fect uni­son to help the Dawn reach its max­i­mum speed of 250 kilo­me­ters per hour. It takes only 5.1 sec­onds for this Rolls-Royce to ac­cel­er­ate from zero to 100 kilo­me­ters per hour.

In con­trast to the se­duc­tive roar of its pow­er­ful en­gine, this su­per-lux­ury ve­hi­cle’s roof with­draws as silently as the moon. At a cruis­ing speed of 50 kilo­me­ters per hour, its roof can re­tract noise­lessly in 20 sec­onds. So smooth and quiet is its roof’s mech­a­nism that en­gi­neers have dubbed it the “Silent Bal­let.” The highly con­tem­po­rary con­vert­ible is an evo­lu­tion of Rolls-Royce’s de­sign lan­guage, equally al­lur­ing with its roof up or down.

De­spite all of the new de­signs and fea­tures to this car, in­no­va­tions from clas­sic Rolls-Royce mod­els have also con­trib­uted to the de­vel­op­ment of the Dawn. The in­spi­ra­tion for the Dawn’s fold­ing fab­ric roof came from the 1952 Rolls-Royce Sil­ver Dawn cabri­o­let, which first came out in 1950 and only had 28 of its kind built be­tween 1950 to 1954. The Dawn, how­ever, is pre­sumed to sur­pass that num­ber in a mat­ter of weeks once pro­duc­tion is up and run­ning in 2017. The 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 en­gine that pro­pels this car is lifted nearly com­pletely in­tact from the Rolls-Royce Ghost II, which was launched in 2009. The eight-speed satel­lite-aided trans­mis­sion is the same one found in the 2013 Rolls-Royce Wraith, which uses the GPS to pre­pare for up­com­ing hills and curves be­fore prop­erly se­lect­ing the car’s gear ra­tios for max­i­mum power, ef­fi­ciency, and torque.

The Dawn’s shell also shares some de­sign cues as the Wraith, but all com­par­isons should end there. With the roof down and the wind in your hair, this in­tox­i­cat­ing feel­ing can only come from one car. 5th Av­enue, Boni­fa­cio Global City; 860.8855; rolls-royce­mo­tor­cars-manila.com.ph.

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