British marque shows all-new convertible Rolls-Royce Dawn model ahead of the Frankfurt motor show
Rolls-Royce has revealed the £250,000 Dawn, as a follow up to the hard-top Wraith.
Naming the Dawn a ‘soft top Wraith’ is perhaps a little inacurate though, considering that more than 80 per cent of the car's body panels are brand new.
Under the bonnet the Dawn makes use of the twin-turbo 6.6-litre twin-turbo engine used in recent models, which in this form pumps out 563bhp at 5250rpm. Rolls-Royce has also added what they are calling a ‘dynamic accelerator pedal’, which thanks to some clever mapping delivers up to 30 per cent increased response at medium throttle.
Transmission remains in the guise of the familiar eight-speed auto, but as with the Wraith, it's satellite aided. This means that the it can read the road ahead and adapt to the severity of any upcoming corners, selecting the appropriate gear in the process.
In the design department, Rolls-Royce hasn’t just hacked the roof off. The windscreen is lower, further creases in the elongated bonnet have occurred and Spirit of Ecstasy flies in-between two headlights complete with a hint Bristol Blue colour.
The roof itself has been produced to be as quiet as is humanly possible, and with this being Rolls-Royce engineering, it’s guaranteed to be just that. Rolls state it can be raised or stowed in just 21 seconds, and up to speeds of 30mph.
Much like the Silver Dawn of the late ’40s from which the car gains inspiration, the Dawn will be subject to Rolls-Royce’s bespoke tailoring service. Rolls however will be aiming to produce more than the 28 its predecessor managed.