Despite being cut, visually, from the same cloth as the Wraith, Rolls Royce say the Dawn is made up of 80 percent new components. Major similarities with its coupe cousin include its rear-hinged ‘suicide’ doors and front grille.
The Dawn brings with it, like the other cars in the Rolls-Royce stable, some hefty dimensions; a 200kg weight increase over the Wraith coupe at 2560kg and measuring 5285mm long, 1947mm at its widest, 1502mm tall, and with a 3112mm wheelbase.
Rolls-Royce describes the Dawn as “the sexiest” car the company has built, with this particular unveiled example sporting bodywork dressed in “Midnight Sapphire” surrounding a striking “Mandarin” orange interior with woodwork strew over the dashboard and roof lid.
Rolls-Royce has stuck to soft tops as opposed folding metal roofs this time with the Dawn as well, their reasoning, according to them, are of “aesthetics, romance and brand appropriateness," and is claimed to be the most rigid four-seat convertible on the market.
Despite the Dawn’s roof material, they say the interior is just as quiet with it drawn as the fixed-roof Wraith. The retracting mechanism can fold the roof up or down in “total silence” within just 21 seconds at speeds of up to 50km/h.
To make sure the Dawn does not fall short of the “magic carpet” ride comfort of its other models such as the Wraith, Rolls-Royce has had to rework the air suspension. A stiffer anti-roll bar has been fitted, and the rear track has been widened by 24mm.
Under that swooping hood sits same 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 that powers the Wraith. It puts out 563hp and 780Nm of torque which enables this 2.5 tonne car to reach 100km/h from a standstill in a scarcely believable 4.9 seconds and onto an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.
The first year of the Dawn’s production have already been sold out and deliveries are expected to start in early 2016.