Young blogger Ned Jasper is back, and this time we’re talking about a car that’s big money, and has an interior colour that looks influenced by ESM.This is the new Rolls-Royce Dawn, and it’s simply stunning. Every time you look at it takes your breath away. If you thought that the Rollers of late were looking a little brutish and angular, then this is the car for you, (providing you have £250k to spare that is). This new drop top offers the “dolce vita” lifestyle along with, what are said to be, the sexiest bodylines of a Rolls-Royce ever – and I’m sure you’ll agree.
Although said to be a convertible Wraith, the Dawn has 80% new body panels. It’s complete with more pronounced rear haunches, a heavily raked screen, and a gorgeous open pore wood deck. Which, not only wraps around the rear seating, but also employs a cascading waterfall effect between them.
When you look at the way that the opulent mandarin leather joins effortlessly with the sparkling exterior it simply oozes quality. It reassures you that this is an item of decadence which is everything you would expect from, well, Rolls-Royce. Underneath the intricate bodywork and sumptuous interior, the story is the same. Powering this beast is the same twin-turbo 6.6 litre V12 as found in the Ghost, producing 563BHP and ample amounts of torque. Although down on horses compared to the Wraith, the company is keen to stress this is the Dawn is “the most driver orientated Rolls Royce ever”.
A bold claim I know, but I think it might just be true, the Dawn offers “the most rigid four-seat convertible on the market”. That’s achieved in part from the new suspension system, which offers revised anti-roll bars and new air springs. And if that’s not enough it also has a wider track (24mm wider than the Ghost), all of which makes this ultra high-end drop top an agile package.
Although the Dawn is offering power gains over its hard-top siblings, the performance is slightly waylaid, thanks to that svelte folding roof. The Dawn can get to 62mph in 4.9 seconds. That’s slightly slower than the Wraith, but still nothing to be frowned upon, not when you remember this heavy über cabriolet matches the BMW E46 M3 for straight-line performance, and that’s an out-and-out sports car!
One final point to mention is the roof, which is fabric, not metal. It is extremely well insulated and takes the title of the quietest convertible on the market and can even match the Wraith for interior aural refinement. At this point, after I’ve bamboozled you with facts and drawn you in with that garish – and yet somehow appealing orange leather – It would be time to tell you the price. But this is a Rolls-Royce, and unless you’re very fortunate with finances or have been doing a lot of saving then the £250,000 price tag might be a little out of reach. Oh, and that’s before you’ve even added any options.
With this car, and the upcoming SUV due in 2016, this is a ‘new dawn’ for Rolls-Royce and should propel them firmly into the future. Forget any associations of a Rolls being old-fashioned, this is a thoroughly modern brand set to entice a new younger generation of jet set buyers.
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