Following the recent unveiling, Rolls-Royce has officially debuted in front of the public the new Dawn convertible during the 2015 IAA Frankfurt motor show.
The model’s global premiere comes with the now traditional design cues as the Dawn features a very familiar design, though the new ultra-luxury cabrio actually has around 80 percent of the exterior components completely new, a 2:1 wheel height to body height, a very long hood complete with short front overhang. The styling is rounded up by the long rear overhang and high shoulder line. We also note the complex and massive radiator grille – sitting 45 mm more secluded – or the lower front bumper that has also been extended 53 mm as opposed to the Wraith coupe. The company’s designer claim the modifications would lend a more dynamic appearance to the car “even when standing still” while also focusing the eye of the beholder on the “jet air intake face”.
The open-top 2+2 model features a retractable soft fabric roof that will operate in “almost complete silence” and would only need about 20 seconds for the complete open or close operations – while also working at speeds of up to 50 km/h (31 mph). The engineers worked extensively to deliver a quiet ride, combining a “perfectly smooth surface” with the so-called “French Seam” to make sure the air flow over the car when the roof is up would not deliver an obtrusive wind noise.
At the back the Dawn features a wooden roof deck described as an “amazing work of modern craftsmanship” – the material can be handpicked by the customer and the pattern would then go on to be used inside the cabin as well. Speaking of the latter, there’s plenty of wood and leather to surround the four lucky persons sitting inside and ultra-luxury amenities such as specifically tuned climate control system, a bespoke premium audio system with sixteen individually-tuned speakers, and other details will be the norm.
Under the hood the Dawn uses the known 6.6-liter biturbo V12 unit, churning out 563 bhp (420 kW) and 780 Nm (575 lb-ft) of torque. There’s also available a dynamic accelerator pedal mapping system designed to speed up the response of the throttle by up to 30 percent. Performance figures are worthy of any respectable sports car – the 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is resolved in 4.9 seconds and the maximum speed has been limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).