The Dawn of a New Era

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Rolls-royce states that the Dawn, in­tro­duced al­most two years ago, is quite sim­ply the sex­i­est Rolls ever built. And yes, in terms of the lux­ury car­maker’s de­sign phi­los­o­phy, this may well be true. How­ever, main­tain­ing en­dur­ing styling prin­ci­ples – such as a 2:1 wheel-to-body height, a long bon­net with short over­hang, a long rear over­hang, an el­e­gantly ta­per­ing rear graphic, and a high shoul­der line – this sex­i­ness be­comes nar­rowly de­fined, and per­haps not uni­ver­sally ac­cepted.

Within th­ese stylis­tic con­fines the Dawn’s front end, while tra­di­tional in pre­sen­ta­tion, gives the four-seater lux­ury convertible an edgy, al­most mas­cu­line look, while the bold, sweep­ing shoul­der line be­comes more sen­su­ous as it flows over the swell of the rear wheels. Its grille, re­cessed by about 45 mm with the lower front bumper ex­tend­ing by 53 mm com­pared to the Wraith, fo­cuses the eye on the jet air-in­take face and the hor­i­zon­tal lines of the car, in­creas­ing the im­pres­sion of power and width.

At the rear, the prog­eny of the 65-year-old Sil­ver Dawn drop­head, the first Rolls-royce to be of­fered with a fac­tory-built body, has taken in­spi­ra­tion from its 1952 pre­de­ces­sor – echo­ing the de­sign of early “boat tail” coupés and the fine-look­ing mo­tor launches of the time that in­spired them.

Fea­tur­ing 80% unique body pan­els, the Dawn stands apart from its three other sta­ble mates. While it may not uni­ver­sally be

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