Rolls-Royce finally launched the luxury convertible, Rolls-Royce Dawn in India today. Drawn inspiration from the 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn, Rolls-Royce takes you to the unique open-top luxury motoring experience with the Dawn. Rolls-Royce Dawn is a deviation from the tradition of Rolls-Royce naming its car with spooky names like the Wraith, Phantom, and the Ghost. Rolls-Royce claims Dawn to be the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built on this planet.
For the untrained eyes, the Dawn may pass on as a Wraith convertible. Though the basic architecture of the Rolls-Royce Dawn is from the Wraith, 80% of the sheet metal used are fresh in design and execution. The design is a perfect blend of simplicity and sheer attention to detail. The familiar sinister looking headlamps coupled with the slightly recessed signature grill gives the unmistakable Roll-Royce look. The spirit of Ecstasy further leans forward on the bonnet of the Dawn.
Rolls-Royce Dawn is a full-fledged 4-seater luxury car. The top is a six layered fabric and don’t expect the signature Starlight Headliner, but roll it down to enjoy the real star-lit sky. The roof can be moved down the on the go at speeds below 50 Kmph and it goes down super silently in just 22-seconds. Interior is a concoction of contradictions. Minimalistic design perfectly blended with the best of the materials you can find in any car on the planet earth. The huge doors hinged on the B-Pillar opens real wide. Aromatic leather and book-matched wooden veneer (the wood trim is cut from the same piece of wood so that they are the mirror image on either side of the car) dominates the interior of the car.
Powering the Dawn is the detuned version of the Rolls-Royce Wraith’s 6.6 Liter twin-turbo V12 engine that generates 570 PS and a peak torque of 780 Nm as low as 1500 rpm. The engine characteristics are more like the Rolls-Royce Ghost. The car gives you a relaxed drive with a meaty mid-range. The transmission duties are taken care by an 8-speed ZF gearbox. The gearbox is satellite aided similar to the one doing duties on the Wraith, the gearbox anticipates the road condition ahead and also analyse the driving style to prep the gearbox in advance for the shifts. The car breaches the 100 kmph mark under 5-seconds and the top speed is an electronically limited 250 kmph. The car has a carpet-like ride quality. However, Rolls-Royce has infused some stiffness in the suspension to aid the handling of a car that tips more than 2.5 tons on the weighing scale.
The car is priced from INR 6.25 Crores (ex-showroom) in India. For those who can afford it, what you get is the world’s most luxurious 4-seater convertible, the Dawn ticks all the right boxes. To sum it up, Rolls-Royce Dawn feels like a recreational outing in an old-fashioned speedboat or a vintage airplane.