The Dawn of a New Era
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