By on September 8, 2015

Rolls Royce Dawn

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 Dawn

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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19 Comments on “Meet The New Rolls-Royce, Same As The Old Rolls-Royce...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    “only a few parts from the Wraith it was built from.”

    Ow.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    The woodwork is fantastic, though I could do without the Hermes-box-orange leather they chose. Bit too gauche and “1970’s lobby” for me. Perhaps a nice dark mocha brown, or parchment. Pinstripe matching the interior color choice is a nice touch.

    Still rather have a Bentley I think. But if I’m going Rolls, I want a big and nautical two-tone one.
    http://www.carscoops.com/2015/08/rolls-royce-phantom-nautica-is-inspired.html

  • avatar
    -Nate

    I remember when a Rolls Royce Automobile was tasteful refined excellence .
    To each their own , I’d not want to be seen in this thing .

    -Nate

  • avatar
    dal20402

    I just don’t get it, except maybe for people living in Monaco where cars like this are a dime a dozen. Some people want to draw attention everywhere they go, no matter what. I’m not one of them and don’t understand them. And that’s really all this car does better than a smaller, lighter, more wieldy but still ultra-comfortable luxury convertible like an S-Class.

    That wood tonneau cover is pretty sweet, though.

    • 0 avatar
      jmo

      “ultra-comfortable luxury convertible like an S-Class.”

      They make an S class convertible?

      • 0 avatar

        Well, one is coming. As I’m sure you know, the CL-Class was always the S-Class coupe, and now Mercedes-Benz has finally decided to call it that. This time, there’s going to be a cabriolet S-Class too, which will presumably start somewhere north of the S-Class coupe’s $120K base price. The S-Class cabriolet will hit the market next year.

        Here are some spy shots: http://www.caranddriver.com/news/2017-mercedes-benz-s-class-cabriolet-spied-nearly-camo-free-news

        If a Mercedes-Maybach version of the S-Class cabriolet came along (as exists for the S-Class sedan), it would easily match or out-do the Bentley Continental GTC in terms of luxury, and possibly this Rolls-Royce Dawn as well.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Correct! The S-Class cabriolet has been gone for something like 44 years, and now we’ll have it again.

          I like that they dropped the CL name, always thought that was silly after the demise of that final S-Coupe in 98 or 99.

          • 0 avatar

            “I like that they dropped the CL name, always thought that was silly after the demise of that final S-Coupe in 98 or 99.”

            Right. Not to mention that the CLK-Class (K presumably standing for Kompakt) became the E-Class coupe/cabriolet. But they never did call the C-Class coupe anything other than “C-Class coupe.”

            Overall, I really like Mercedes-Benz’ new nomenclature streamlining, with one exception: the GL-Class becoming the GLS-Class. It’s true that the new GLC-Class is an SUV version of the C-Class and the GLE-Class and GLE-Class Coupe are E-Classes on stilts. But the GLS-Class has nowhere near the level of luxury and exclusivity that an S-Class has, even if they are both the “full-sized”, big-boy models of their respective body styles. That’s not to mention the fact that until recently, GLS stood out as being Hyundai’s base-model designation (now I think it’s SE or something).

          • 0 avatar
            derekson

            “It’s true that the new GLC-Class is an SUV version of the C-Class and the GLE-Class and GLE-Class Coupe are E-Classes on stilts. But the GLS-Class has nowhere near the level of luxury and exclusivity that an S-Class has, even if they are both the “full-sized”, big-boy models of their respective body styles. ”

            This is likely to change when they go from GL to GLS though. There will likely be relatively affordable trim levels that are more similar to the current car (the diesel and V6 models), but the GLS550 and upwards should be more comparable to an S class. And supposedly there will be a Maybach GLS as well.

  • avatar

    “Rolls-Royce took the cover off its new Dawn convertible (see what we did there?)”

    Time for a little wordplay.

    Rolls-Royce has unhooded its new Dawn convertible.

    or

    Morning has broken over Rolls-Royce’s new Dawn convertible.

    or

    Royce-Royce’s new Dawn convertible has finally seen its first light.

  • avatar
    turf3

    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?

  • avatar
    madman2k

    The headlights and the transmission from a Chrysler 300.

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