Meet The New Rolls-Royce, Same As The Old Rolls-Royce

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

Rolls-Royce took the cover off its new Dawn convertible (see what we did there?) Tuesday in an online reveal ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

The car, which is powered by a 6.6-liter V-12 that produces 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque married to a ZF 8-speed transmission, is Rolls-Royce’s answer to what we’ve all been asking: How can I be even more noticeable in my Roller?

Here’s your answer: A 22-second folding “silent ballet” droptop with open-pore wood tonneau, hand-stitched leather everywhere, 16 speakers and self-closing doors.

Rolls-Royce hasn’t announced the price for its Dawn just yet, but if you have to ask …

The company says that the Dawn shares only a few parts from the Wraith it was built from. The Dawn’s body is 80-percent new, according to the manufacturer. That includes a reshaped nose and stretched jaw that accentuates the car’s “jet air intake,” according to Rolls-Royce.

Inside, the car is predictably over the top, including copious rear legroom, grain accents on the wood deck that “waterfall” into the passenger compartment, handwriting recognition and a bespoke clock.

The Dawn may be the kind of Roller you’d prefer to drive, rather than be driven in. The aforementioned 563 ponies on tap propel (gracefully) the car up to 60 mph in under 5 seconds. And the Dawn uses GPS to “watch” the road ahead of you and set up the car’s suspension and inputs to best handle what’s coming next, similar to the system in the Wraith.

The Dawn will appear next at the Frankfurt Auto Show, which begins September 15.

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  • Turf3 Turf3 on Sep 08, 2015

    New money. What do people who drive cars like this, or who live in over-the-top McMansions, think we the hoi polloi think of them? Do they realize that the people with taste and sophistication they are trying to impress, actually look down on them? Seriously, I wonder what the interior life of these people is like. Is there an interior life?

  • Madman2k Madman2k on Sep 08, 2015

    The headlights and the transmission from a Chrysler 300.

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  • Lou_BC "That’s expensive for a midsize pickup" All of the "offroad" midsize trucks fall in that 65k USD range. The ZR2 is probably the cheapest ( without Bison option).
  • Lou_BC There are a few in my town. They come out on sunny days. I'd rather spend $29k on a square body Chevy
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  • MaintenanceCosts You expect everything on Amazon and eBay to be fake, but it's a shame to see fake stuff on Summit Racing. Glad they pulled it.