As sumptuous as the Queen's place, as beautiful as the reflective Salt Flats in Bolivia, as breathtaking as the dawn above the winter moonlight and perhaps one of the expensive creations riding on four wheels, all these defines the ultra-luxury Rolls-Royce Dawn Drophead. The Dawn Drophead is the new sporty vehicle from the British marquee. Following the footsteps of the Phantom Drophead Coupe, it is the second of its kind in the British carmaker's hierarchy.
The car redefines the impression of a true-blue affluent Drophead and offers the world's most uncompromised and unique open-top motoring experience. According to the company, it is their “sexist car they have ever built” till today and we indeed believe them. With this super-luxury vehicle, the company commences a new era of open-top, opulent motoring where this car promises a seductive and striking encounter like no other car from Rolls-Royce fleet offer till date.
The company says that the inspiration to build the Dawn came from the Silver Dawn cabriolet, whose production was limited to 28 units and was manufactured between 1950 to 1954.
Certainly, the Drophead guise of the Wraith coupe, looks a step up ladder with respect to its design than that of the fixed-roof variant. The company went back to the drawing board and chalk out the gorgeous looking car, which actually according to the company share only rear bumper and doors with its fixed-roof cousin. The Ghost II resembling headlamps, Rolls-Royce signature vertical slat grille at the centre, large rectangular air dam on the front lower bumper and new 21-inch alloy wheels make the front facade look breathtaking. The rear-three-quarter view is amazingly fetching especially the rear fenders rising gently to fabricate what the company call-ahem- “the feminine 'hips' of Dawn” attenuating towards the tail.
It comprises a stainless-steel band at the major edge of the flat trunk, lending the vehicle a more conventional three-box-coupe look. The French-style exterior design depicts to terminate wind noise, henceforth, the automaker claims the Dawn to be silent convertible in the world. The roof can be stowed in just 20 seconds while cruising at the speed of 50 km/h.
The herringbone-style open-pore Canadel wood treatment on the doors, on the dashboard, rear tonneau along with the “ waterfall” panel between the rear seats is nothing short of extravagant treat to eyes. The amalgamation of “Mandrin” and black cowhide used in the cabin of this luxury Drophead transcend the word grandeur. Other noteworthy interior highlights comprise a Spirit of Ecstasy rotary controller along with a touch-pad against a centre-clad touch screen, wristwatch-style gauges and a modern day audio system from Rolls' Bespoke customization outfit.
To propel this astonishing beauty, beneath its sleek exterior's there is equally powerful 6.6-litre twin-turbo V-12 engine that has been engineered to deliver a surge of seemingly infinite power around 556 Bhp at 5,250 rpm alongside a staggering peak torque of 779Nm. Transmission on offer is the same “satellite-aided” eight speed unit similar to the one found in the Wraith that also uses the GPS to be ready for oncoming hills and curves and fix the proper ration.
As far as the performance of this gigantic car is concerned, it hits 0-100 kmph in just 4.9 seconds while doing a top speed which is limited to 249 kmph.
The Rolls Royce Dawn, irrespective of being few hundred kilos heavy than the Wraith and tipping the weigh scale at 2586 Kgs, Rolls-Royce affirms that the Dawn Drophead is more fuel-efficient and lighter than the major chunk of two-plus-two convertibles available in the Indian market.