The prestigious 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn comes equipped with a 563-hp, 575-lb-ft of torque twin-turbo 6.6-liter V-12 engine that sends power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. This 5,600-pound two-door convertible delivers an EPA-estimated 12/19 mpg city/highway and can hit 62 mph in a manufacturer claimed 4.9 seconds. Lowering the convertible top takes 22 seconds and can be done at speeds of up to 31 mph.
Your 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn can be customized in a myriad of ways with a variety of solid exterior colors, two-tone exterior colors, convertible top colors, exterior pinstriping, wheel styles and sizes, interior color themes, type and color of seat piping, choice of interior embossments, a wide selection of different veneers, the color of the headliner, and more. Some optional features include front massage seats and a 1,300-watt Rolls-Royce Bespoke audio system that features 16 speakers, two exciters in the headliner, and an 18-channel amplifier that has a Studio setting and a surround sound Theatre setting. Additional available features include lambswool floor mats, personalized door sills, headrests, and seat pillows, tailored indoor car cover, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Rolls-Royce’s latest drophead takes inspiration from the rare 1952 Silver Dawn. A new beginning for Rolls-Royce back then, the original Silver Dawn was the first bearing the Rolls-Royce badge to be made with a factory-built body. However, the drophead Rolls-Royces, which carried the Silver Dawn name, continued to be coach-built for individual customers as a promise of exclusivity and rarity.And contrary to misguided belief, the Dawn isn’t a drophead version of the Wraith. 80 percent of the Dawn’s body panels are, in fact, unique to it. The two do, however, share basic drivetrain, structural elements and large-car architecture fundamentals of BMW. It rides on the same 3,112mm wheelbase as the Wraith and is only slightly longer overall.From every angle, the Dawn is graceful, yet powerful and striking; even more so when its six-layer fabric top is down.Every element of the Dawn is thoughtfully and beautifully designed to complement the euphoria of summers
The front grille of the car has been pulled back by 45mm and the front bumper extended by 53mm compared to the Wraith. The Spirit of Ecstacy continues to take charge atop the bonnet and it’s an uncompromised design aimed at a younger, more dynamic clientele.Stowing away the Dawn’s top is done in unbelievable silence, taking just over 20 seconds and up to 50km/h. You barely hear the intricate mechanisms working as the fabric top shuts tightly away. The goal was to create the quietest convertible in the world today and this achievement is given a name – the Silent Ballet
The insides are an interesting concoction of contradictions you have a minimalistic ergonomic arrangement adorned by the best quality of materials you can imagine. The design is stately but beneath its imperial poise nestles some of the best infotainment technology. The BMW-borrowed iDrive system is still one of the most multifarious and exhaustive. But once you get past its learning curve it is just as easy to use as your everyday smart devices. It isn’t about fiddling with superfluous buttons anymore. You simply pull and pinch or draw letters on a touch pad.The other bit of ingenuity is the adapted Bespoke audio system which I tried out, to the delight of passerbys and maybe to the annoyance of some with the roof down. It has been calibrated and fine tuned by audio engineers to suit either of the Dawn’s dual personalities. When the roof drops it adjusts the 16 individually tuned speakers to perfectly balance the acoustics.
The canvas roof folds neatly into the boot a 22 second process that proceeds smoothly at speeds up to 50kmph. What it reveals is the automotive equivalent of a yacht’s wooden deck that wraps itself around the rear passengers and the Canadel pore wood flows into the cabin. It also reveals four seats all equally usable to the Dawn’s credit. Sure, you miss out on the star light headliner but how does that matter really when it opens up to the real sky and stars for you to behold! The coach doors are hinged at the strongest area (at the B-pillar) doing away with added reinforcements that would become necessary at the A-pillar. The extra 200kg doesn’t sound that much considering the Dawn weighs over two and a half tonnes.Rolls-Royce also wants to market the Dawn as the most silent convertible ever built. With the roof up it is almost as insulated from the outside world as the Wraith is, which is commendable. But with the roof and windows down, the wind buffeting is definitely palpable at speeds over 80kmph, especially through the gap between the A-pillar and the ORVMs. Driving with the windows up certainly helps but who does that in a convertible! The noise insulation isn’t perfect then, perhaps the introduction of wind deflector screens at the back would help reduce the noise immensely. The grapevine holds that is a distinct possibility with the final production version.
The Dawn is powered by the legendary 6.6-litre turbocharged V12 belting out 563bhp of power at 5250rpm and 780Nm of torque from 1500rpm. The refined mill is mated to a custom built eight-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels and propels the Dawn from zero to 100kmph in less than five seconds. And it is impressive as the Dawn weighs a tad above two and a half tonnes.Rolls Royce Dawn mileage has been rated at 8.86kmpl.According to Rolls Royce, with the roof up it’s almost as quiet as the Wraith and is perhaps the quietest convertible in the market. As per Rolls Royce it’s one of the stiffest convertible. There’s anti squat and anti dive suspension system so that the stance never chances under heavy braking and acceleration. The car can touch 60mph speed in about 4.9 seconds and the top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.
DRIVING DYNAMICS ;
The downy softness of the car’s secondary ride combines with a gently loping primary gait, and the quietness of the former and amplitude of the latter communicate perfectly between them how hard the suspension may be working at any given time to contain the car’s mass and preserve the magnificent, floating isolation of the cabin.Around town and at low speeds, the car rides predictably well – as only cars of such weight and skilful, uncompromising tuning really can.At higher speeds, your chances of feeling what’s going on under the car’s contact patches are even more remoteAlthough it’s air sprung, the suspension gives the natural, honest, predictable impression of a really good steel-coil chassis and never feels at all brittle or hollow. Just breezing along in the car, in no particular hurry, therefore becomes an experience truly to savour.Increase your pace and although the Dawn obliges you with plenty of speed, grip and controllability, it also begins to communicate quite early on that it’s progressing beyond its comfort zone. Body roll is the chief telltale; tackle a tight, well-sighted B-road corner with not excessive speed and you’ll get plenty.
Just like the Wraith, the Dawn is equipped with a range of frontal, side-impact, and side-curtain airbags, as well as knee airbags for both the driver and the front passenger. Other features include ABS, Rolls-Royce Assist, and a specifically designed roll-over protection system that deploys from behind the rear head restraints. Also, the convertible comes with a heat detection system that detects both human and animal heat signatures, and issues an audible warning to the driver of possible danger.
With only one convertible in its current lineup, the Phantom Drophead Coupe, Rolls-Royce was in dire need of a second drop-top. The Dawn comes in to fill the gap, and although it might not look as exotic as the Wraith without a fastback roof, it should become a popular choice among folks looking for a smaller and slightly more affordable drop-top. And while it may come with a small trunk relative to its size, it will offer better handling than the Ghost Drophead, making it Rolls-Royce’s sportiest drop-top yet.