The world has just received it’s first glimpse of the new Rolls-Royce Dawn, one of the most hotly anticipated new cars of the year, and one that promises to be another major landmark in the history books of the Goodwood-based luxury marque.
This is much more than just a Wraith with it’s roof chopped off though, as nearly 70 per cent of its body panels are new. It also represents the continuing self-imposed modernisation that the brand has undertaken in recent years in order to stay relevant and continue to represent the pinnacle of automotive luxury amongst a new generation of buyers.
To be one of those new buyers you likely requine north of £250,000, however for this cool sum you not only get a million miles of headroom but can be sure of being propelled in uncompromised luxury by a 6.6-litre V12 capable of a more than substantial 563bhp. Dawn is really going to be the most civilised way to feel the wind rushing through your hair.
“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. Dawn is a beautiful new motor car that offers the most uncompromised open-top motoring experience in the world. 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.
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. In its tentative, inchoate, anticipatory state, dawn is the world coming to light from the ethereal dark of the night. The early-day chill of dawn provides an erotic tingle on the skin, awakening the senses and passions as the day begins.
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.”
Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Vehicle length 5285mm / 17.34ft
Vehicle width 1947mm / 6.39ft
Vehicle height (unladen) 1502mm / 4.93ft
Wheelbase 3112mm / 10.21ft
Turning circle 12.7m / 41.7ft
Boot Volume (DIN) 244ltr – 295ltr / 8.6 ft3 – 10.4 ft3
Unladen Weight (DIN) 2560kg / 5644lb
Engine / cylinders / valves V / 12 / 48
Fuel management Direct injection
Power output @ engine speed 563bhp / 420kW / 570PS @ 5250rpm
Max torque @ engine speed 780Nm / 575lb ft @ 1500rpm
Fuel type 10:1 / Premium unleaded1
Top speed 250kmh / 155mph (governed)
Acceleration 0 – 100km/h 4.9sec²
Urban 21.4ltr / 100km / 13.2mpg (Imp.)
Extra urban 9.8ltr / 100km / 28.8mpg (Imp.)
Combined consumption / range 14.2ltr / 100km / 19.9mpg (Imp.)
CO2 emissions 330g/km