New Dawn

Rolls-royce un­veils the Dawn, a new take on the four-seater drop­head

Virtuozity - - Auto News -

Rolls-royce de­sign has worked to ini­ti­ate what the com­pany says is a new age for open-top, su­per-lux­ury mo­tor­ing. In a sec­tor ex­clu­sively pop­u­lated by the big­gest of au­to­mo­tive com­pro­mises—the two-plus-two seat con­fig­u­ra­tion—rolls-royce has cho­sen to “ac­cept noth­ing nearly right or good enough.” And that’s what the com­pany has de­liv­ered with the new Rolls-royce Dawn, the firm’s new four-seater drop­head.

The Dawn has taken in­spi­ra­tion from the Sil­ver Dawn, de­liv­er­ing a cool, con­tem­po­rary in­ter­pre­ta­tion of what a su­per-lux­ury fourseater con­vert­ible should be in 2015. But it’s more than con­vert­ible version of the Ghost— the com­pany says that the Dawn fea­tures 80 per cent unique body pan­els.

Spe­cific engi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing at­ten­tion has been paid to the cre­ation of the Dawn’s roof. The roof of the Dawn de­liv­ers the si­lence of a Wraith when up and op­er­ates in al­most com­plete si­lence in just over 20 sec­onds at a cruis­ing speed of up to 50kph. The com­pany says that the Dawn is the qui­etest open top car ever made.

The en­gine is the same twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12 pow­er­train that we’ve be­come ac­cus­tomed to in other cars from Rolls-royce. With a power out­put of 563bhp or at 5,250rpm and a torque rat­ing of 575 lb/ft at 1,500rpm, Rolls-royce prom­ises that the Dawn will pull when it needs to.

The Dawn main­tains Rolls-royce’s typ­i­cal steer­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics pro­vid­ing good driver feed­back thereby en­sur­ing that the car is ef­fort­less but pre­cise to drive. If it’s any­thing like the brand’s other cars, the Dawn should live up to th­ese claims.

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