The Rolls-Royce Dawn has been officially unveiled ahead of its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015) later this month. The company took the wraps off the new luxury convertible today at its Goodwood plant in Sussex, UK. The official unveiling video is embedded below.
The overall design is essentially the same as the Wraith 2-door coupe that forms it basis, but the Dawn gets its own tidbits of distinctiveness on the exterior as well as inside the cabin. Mechanically though, the Dawn is a lot different from the Wraith. 80% of the body panels are new, and the suspension setup and tyres are also new. Up front, the grille is recessed by approximately 45 mm whilst the lower bumper has been extended 53 mm compared to the Wraith.
Unlike regular convertibles with soft-top, the Rolls-Royce Dawn looks as beautiful with the hood up as with the hood down. A sleek stainless steel waistline starts from the A-pillar and goes throughout the sides to the rear, and integrates the high-level brake light. The luxury 2+2 convertible can be had with new 21-inch polished and 20-inch painted wheels.
The roof silently operates in just 20 seconds, at speeds up to 50 km/h. When the driver commands the Dawn to go open-top, the ‘Silent Ballet’ gets packed in the rear deck that is embellished by wood. The wood on the deck can be individualised by the customers. The Dawn is essentially the convertible version of the Wraith, which in turn, is based on the Ghost. But the wheelbase of the Dawn is 180 mm shorter than that of the Ghost. The rear track though, is 24 mm wider than that of the latter. The rear-end is same as the Wraith.
The interior will be, as usual, depend on customisation, but the first Dawn previewed by the company features an orange interior that goes just perfect with Midnight Sapphire body paint. The orange scheme is complemented by wood trim and other contrasting materials and colours. The instrument dials have been restyled; there are individually applied polished metal chaplets around the them. The clock in the centre console features a new design and the car’s name.
The Rolls-Royce Dawn is powered by the same 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 engine that is offered in the Wraith, as well as the Ghost and Phantom. On the Dawn, the maximum power and maximum torque ratings, at 563 bhp (420 kW/570 PS) and 780 Nm (575 lb.-ft.) respectively, remain the same as the Ghost, but surprisingly, lower than the Wraith. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a ZF-sourced, Satellite Aided 8-speed automatic transmission.
Weighing 2,560 kg (5,644 lbs), the Rolls-Royce Dawn is 200 kg (441 lbs) heavier than the Wraith. It can reach 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 4.9 seconds, half a second slower than the latter’s 4.4 second time. The top speed (electronically limited) remains the same – 250 km/h (155 mph).
The Rolls-Royce Dawn will go on sale in the UK and other first markets early next year.
Rolls-Royce Dawn – Technical Specifications
|Vehicle length||5285mm / 17.34ft|
|Vehicle width||1947mm / 6.39ft|
|Vehicle height (unladen)||1502mm / 4.93ft|
|Wheelbase||3112mm / 10.21ft|
|Turning circle||12.7m / 41.7ft|
|Boot Volume (DIN)||244ltr – 295ltr / 8.6 ft3 – 10.4 ft3|
|Unladen Weight (DIN)||2560kg / 5644lb|
|Engine / cylinders / valves||V / 12 / 48|
|Fuel management||Direct injection|
|Power output @ engine speed||563bhp / 420kW / 570PS @ 5250rpm|
|Max torque @ engine speed||780Nm / 575lb ft @ 1500rpm|
|Fuel type||10:1 / Premium unleaded1|
|Top speed||250kmh / 155mph (governed)|
|Acceleration 0 – 100km/h||4.9sec|
|Urban||21.4ltr / 100km / 13.2mpg (Imp.)|
|Extra urban||9.8ltr / 100km / 28.8mpg (Imp.)|
|Combined consumption / range||14.2ltr / 100km / 19.9mpg (Imp.)|