After a tease Rolls-Royce finally revealed a new model to its line up called the Dawn.
The new convertible or “drophead coupe” takes a lot of inspiration from the Wraith but is being dubbed as “the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built” by Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes.
The Dawn name isn’t new to Rolls-Royce as it was first used in the 1950s.
Rolls-Royce says the Dawn will be the quietest convertible in production when the roof up. Opening and closing of the roof will take 22 silent seconds.
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.
said Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes.
The Dawn will be powered by a 6.75-litre V12 engine pushing out 563bhp and 780Nm of torque at 1500rpm. It’ll achieve 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 155mph.
A “dynamic accelerator pedal mapping” will provide a 30% increased response at medium throttle adding to the experience.
The Dawn’s all-new suspension will make it comfortable yet agile for a convertible with an expected “Rolls-Royce magic carpet ride”.
Information from Rolls-Royce’s highly updated multimedia interface and navigation system will be displayed on a new 10.25” HD screen. Hardware and software changes see faster route calculations.
New software for the radar and camera provides faster system response times including emergency braking.
If the Dawn is involved in a crash , a concealed roll-over protection system deploys from behind the rear head restraints locking them in place within “a fraction of a second”. This protection system also includes the entire surround of the windscreen.
The Rolls-Royce Dawn will come with ‘Satellite Aided Transmission’ which has already been introduced on the Wraith. Satellite Aided Transmission uses GPS to select the most appropriate gear from the Dawn’s 8-speed ZF gearbox.
Rolls-Royce will also come with the latest LED lighting technology. Electronically controlled reflectors move in the direction the Dawn travels to give clearer view when cornering.
In addition, safety when driving at night is enhanced by a head-up display, heat detection system which sounds an audible warning to the driver of possible danger.
The Dawn will go on sale next year costing from £250,000.