The British ultra luxury marquee has officially presented the first pictures and details with the all-new Dawn convertible, the model being also ready to land in metal in front of the worldwide public during the 2015 IAA Frankfurt motor show.
The model comes with Rolls’ now traditional and familiar design cues, though being a true luxury cabrio also means the engineers came up with 80 percent unique features and details: there’s a 2:1 wheel to body height, a bonnet as long as a yacht’s deck, very short front overhang combined with an equally traditional longer rear overhang and the high waist line. As opposed to the Wraith, the huge radiator grille has been drawn back about 45 mm and the bumper was extended by 53 mm – done in order to “focus the eye on the jet air intake face and to make the car feel focused, even when standing still.”
“Our new Rolls-Royce Dawn promises a striking, seductive encounter like no other Rolls-Royce to date, and begins a new age of open-top, super-luxury motoring. It will be the most social of super-luxury drophead motor cars for those who wish to bathe in the sunlight of the world’s most exclusive social hotspots. Quite simply, it is the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built,” comments Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The name ‘Dawn’ perfectly suggests the fresh opportunities that every new day holds – an awakening, an opening up of one’s senses and a burst of sunshine. Like Eleanor Thornton, thought by many to be the inspiration behind the Spirit of Ecstasy, the Rolls-Royce Dawn will itself prove to be the muse that leads its owner to believe that at the start of the day, anything is possible.”
The rear part of the car will echo the long ago lost age of “early ‘boat tail’ Rolls-Royce drophead coupes” and the roof deck has been created through an “amazing work of modern craftsmanship”.
And the wood used to create it can be individually selected and its pattern will then be recaptured in certain panels inside the cabin. The cockpit will have room for a 2+2 configuration and we find lots of wood and more leather details. Considering that you’re the lucky owner of another Rolls, then the instrument layout will be well known when stepping inside the Dawn and all the amenities are there – from a four-zone auto climate system to the bespoke surround audio system with sixteen individually-tuned speakers.
The retractable rooftop is another “work of art” with a seamless operation that comes with “almost complete silence” and a timeframe of 20 seconds – it will be opened or closed at speeds up to 50 km/h (31 mph). Power under the hood comes courtesy of the 6.6-liter biturbo V12 mill, developing 563 bhp (420 kW) and 780 Nm (575 lb-ft) of torque. The owner will also get a dynamic accelerator pedal mapping system that will increase throttle response by up to 30 percent. The 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) is handled in 4.9 seconds, with the maximum speed electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).