"The sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built"Rolls-Royce has officially revealed its new drophead called Dawn. It claims the Dawn to be the “world’s only true modern four-seater super-luxury drophead”. The Dawn will be shown for the first time to the public at the Frankfurt motor show next week (September 2015).
Dawn Details“Quite simply, it is the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built.” That’s the tagline that accompanies the Dawn. Co-founder Sir Henry Royce had the aim to “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it. Accept nothing nearly right or good enough.” Rolls-Royce did not want the Dawn to be a 2+2 like so many drop-tops out there. It considers those cars to be compromised and anti-social. The Dawn therefore makes certain that all four occupants travel together in absolute comfort and the pinnacle of style.
Exterior detailsThe grille and bumper focus attention on the horizontal lines of the car rather than the traditional vertical lines of the other members of the Rolls-Royce family. The bumper now incorporates the number plate surround and a new lower air dam. Also, chrome ‘blades’ act to plant the car and increase the perception of width.
The rear end of the car, echoes the design of early ‘boat tail’ Rolls-Royce drophead coupes.
The interior is just as opulent, the rear seats have been designed so that passengers stand first and then step out of the vehicle. The four individual seats are cosseting and bucketed for extra comfort and support. There’s a one-of-a-kind sound system in the Dawn and the roof will pop back silently in just 22 seconds.
Underneath the bonnetThe beating heart and soul of any Rolls-Royce motor car is the beloved twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12 powertrain. With a power output of 420kW and a torque rating of 780Nm, the Dawn has more than enough drive in reserve. This experience is enhanced by a dynamic accelerator pedal mapping which delivers up to 30% increased response at medium throttle. The Dawn promises excellent steering feedback that will allow the driver to feel safe at speeds and precise anywhere the road takes them.
The Rolls-Royce Dawn is fitted with Satellite Aided Transmission, a technology that made its global debut on Wraith in 2013.
Satellite Aided Transmission utilises GPS data to allow the car to see beyond what the driver sees. It uses this information to select the most appropriate gear from the Dawn’s 8-speed ZF gearbox to ensure the driver is able to react appropriately, ensuring an effortless and seamless drive experience.
For example when approaching a sweeping bend, the car will predict how you wish to drive through it. When the driver lifts the accelerator it will hold the lower gear to ensure maximum power is available on accelerating through the exit of the corner.