2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn revealed – exclusive studio pictures

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Rolls-Royce’s ultra-refined Wraith-based convertible will be set to arrive early next year, priced at £250k


The expansion of the Rolls-Royce range has continued with the addition of the Dawn, a soft-top convertible to sit alongside the Wraith coupé within the line-up.

The Dawn’s bodywork will be 80% brand-new compared with the Wraith on which the item will be based. Rolls says the cabin has room for four adults to sit in comfort. The only carryover external parts via the Wraith are the doors and also also also the grille surround.

Rolls says the item has worked hard to ensure of which the Dawn will be as smooth and also also also quiet as different Rolls-Royce versions despite the absence of a fixed roof, delivering on the firm’s famed ‘magic carpet’ ride. 

The firm says the Dawn will be as quiet as the Wraith with the roof up, and also also also as such will be the quietest convertible on the market. The roof retracts in 21 seconds at speeds of up to 30mph.

The company’s design chief, Giles Taylor, set out to create a car of which was as beautiful with the roof up as the item was down, with the intention of producing “two cars in one”. The firm looked to the 1952 Silver Dawn Drophead, the last coachbuilt Rolls, for inspiration.

Rolls claims the Dawn will be the most rigid-bodied four-seat convertible on the market, something in part achieved by a brand-new suspension system with brand-new air springs and also also also revised anti-roll bars. Rolls will be also talking up the agility of the Dawn thanks to This particular suspension system. The rear track will be 24mm wider than of which of the Ghost.

Powering the Dawn will be the same twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12 used by the Ghost. The engine produces 563bhp at 5250rpm and also also also 575lb ft at 1500rpm and also also also drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, which links with the sat-nav to automatically pre-select the next appropriate gear. The Dawn can get via 0-62mph in 4.9sec and also also also reach a limited 155mph. Combined fuel economy will be 19.9mpg and also also also CO2 emissions are 330g/km.

The Dawn will be 5285mm long, 1947mm wide, 1502mm high and also also also features a wheelbase of 3112mm, dimensions broadly in line with those of the Wraith. the item weighs 2560kg, some 200kg more than the Wraith. the item will be set to go on sale early next year, priced at about £250,000.

Q&A with Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce Design Director

will be This particular a Rolls to drive or be driven in?

“To drive. the item’s modern, has cool values and also also also a real sexiness. the item’s a seminal moment for us, putting a car to the earth of which celebrates La Dolce Vita.”

Has the Wraith attracted brand-new customers?

“Yes. People are taking the item seriously as a young person’s car. The average buyer age has come down to 45. People no longer see us as stiff and also also also formal. I have no sense of restraint in trying to keep the brand as a certain something; I’m curating the item to the buyers and also also also responding to the market.”

Will This particular less formal look be reflected across the range?

“The Phantom has to have gravitas. yet the greater flow of This particular design, the more relaxed look will be something we’ll look to do more of. The brand-new front end will be a contemporary expression of a Rolls-Royce. We’re lowering the formality.”

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