Rolls-Royce has added another model to its exquisite line-up, a soft-top convertible named the Dawn to sit alongside the Wraith coupe.
Taking on a variation in styling compared to the flagship two-door model, the Dawn is 80 per cent new compared to the Wraith, with only the doors and the grille being carried over, and boasts being able to comfortably sit four adults.
The British firm, based at Goodwood, created the Dawn as “two cars in one” and wanted to make the convertible as beautiful with the roof up as it is down, with Rolls-Royce’s 1952 Silver Dawn Drophead a big influence on the Dawn’s design.
Rolls-Royce insists that the Dawn is as quiet as its coupe sibling with the roof up and is therefore the quietest convertible on the market. It’s a fairly sizeable roof to bring down, with the soft-top taking 21secs to retract and can be done at a maximum speed of 30mph.
Another element Rolls-Royce likes to show off about is its claim that the Dawn is the most rigid-bodied four-seat convertible on the market, thanks largely to a new suspension system that makes use of new air springs and revised anti-roll bars. The same system also enables the Dawn to be very agile for its size.
To power the 2560kg 5.3m-long Dawn, Rolls-Royce has employed its twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12 currently used in the Ghost, with 563bhp and 575lb ft of torque available from the the right pedal and power going through the firm’s eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
The transmission also features a clever set-up that sees the it link up with the sat-nav to automatically pre-select the next appropriate gear. Despite weighing 200kg more than the Wraith, the Dawn manages to get from 0-62mph in just 4.9sec on its way to a top speed of a limited 155mph.
Rolls-Royce will debut the Dawn at September’s Frankfurt motor show before going on sale for £250,000 early in 2016.