The Rolls-Royce Dawn was first introduced globally in 2015. A year later, it arrived in Philippine shores through British Bespoke Automobiles, Inc. in July 2016. There is only one variant offered locally which is the Rolls-Royce Dawn V12 AT.
The luxury convertible is based on the Rolls-Royce Wraith, sharing a similar front fascia and the familiar slim projector bulb headlights, waterfall grill, suicide doors, and the Spirit of Ecstasy. However, the British brand boasts that 80% of the Dawn’s body panels are unique. Its Midnight Sapphire color tone is accentuated with rosewood veneers around its body, embodying the Rolls-Royce signature craftmanship and elegance.
The convertible is distinguished by a defined shoulder line and a steeply raked windshield. It also comes with the Silent Ballet feature which is a noiseless mechanism for the Dawn’s fabric top that can operate within 20 seconds. Completing the look are 21-inch forged polished wheels.
Inside the Rolls-Royce Dawn is a more vibrant feel with a Mandarin Orange interior color scheme. The sporty, youthful cabin is decorated with timeless elements that refine the aesthetic. It features generous space for four individuals with seats wrapped in high quality leather. Various types of trims are available to choose from, ranging from wood to aluminum.
Adding to the convertible’s luxury is an ambient lighting package which is also highly customizable. Iconic Rolls-Royce design elements incorporated in the Dawn are an analogue clock, three spoke steering wheel, and headlight controls.
Technology & Safety Features
The Rolls-Royce Dawn is equipped with a decent entertainment console through a BMW-based system in which a scroll wheel is turned to activate. The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Audio system comes with a music interface for smartphones. It also comes navigation-ready for the driver’s convenience.
In terms of safety, the Rolls-Royce Dawn comes with the bare necessities such as complete airbags, Anti-lock Brake System with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist,
Lane Departure Warning System, Cruise Control, Front and Rear parking sensors, Push Start Button, and a Start-stop System.
Platform & Chassis
The 2-door convertible offers highly comfortable ride quality that the British brand is known for. This is made possible through double-wishbone at the front and multi-link at the rear. Both suspension systems are independent and pneumatic. Despite the vehicle’s weight, it is able to handle well in various road conditions. Stopping power comes from disc brakes all around.
Engine & Drivetrain
Powering the Rolls-Royce Dawn is a 6.6-liter Twin-turbocharged V12 gasoline engine that produces 571 hp and 820 Nm of torque. It sends power exclusively to the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission.