The British automaker is completing its Black Badge performance model range by introducing in time for the Goodwood Festival of Speed the special version for the Dawn drop top.
Waiting for the next generation Phantom’s arrival, so far the British exotic manufacturer has used the Black Badge on the Ghost and Wraith models. And we’re not dealing with the regular appearance enhancement treatment – when customers get bespoke treatment without actually impacting the powertrain. No, sir, this time Rolls’ engineers also took a look under the hood and the open top’s 6.6-liter biturbo V12 has been massaged for 593 horsepower (442 kilowatts) and 620 pound-feet (840 Newton-meters) – a healthy increase from 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque for the regular Dawn.
Now the 5,644-pound (2,560 kilogram) convertible will perform a whale sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in just 4.9 seconds. While the Dawn has been improved, it’s still the most cruise-enabled version of the Black Badge range. The enhanced Ghost limousine goes for 603 hp (450 kW) and 620 lb-ft (840 Nm) while the Wraith will top them with 624 hp and 642 lb-ft. Mechanical improvements for the Dawn also include a new dual-mode exhaust with “Low” button in the cabin for “a menacing bass baritone,” according to Rolls-Royce. The eight-speed automatic gearbox and throttle settings have also been retuned for a “feeling of urgency” and the owner is also treated to a modified suspension setup, with an inch larger in diameter brakes.
As far as the design goes, the Dawn Black Badge is dark as night – multiple layers of hand-polished paint and lacquer come with the “most exhaustive painting and polishing process ever used for a solid paint color” and this shade is the “deepest, darkest and most intense black to ever grace a production car surface.” The roof is also dark canvas, while the rear deck is clad in black leather – and for a measure of contrast there’s dark chrome for the Spirit of Ecstasy hood emblem, front grille, exhaust, and trunk trim. The cabin goes for black leather, and a dash of color comes from the bright Mandarin orange highlights – and there’s also Sir Malcolm Campbell’s infinity logo on the center section between the rear seats.