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NEWS ➤ Goodwood reveal : New Rolls-Royce Dawn

15 Sep

By Wayne Gorrett

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Early this morning, I was over at Rolls-Royce HQ in Goodwood near Chichester for the UK reveal of the marques latest model, the Dawn – a convertible of some significant gravitas. It was simultaneously revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show which starts today.

We are asked not to think of it as a Wraith convertible but as a wholly-new model, a request supported by the fact that 81 per cent of the Dawn’s panels are new to the model.

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The front differs noticeably from the Wraith, particularly the trademark grille, the verticle slats of which are recessed by around 40mm – a first for the marque. Further subtle design changes occur in the Dawn’s strong shoulder line, culminating in chunkier, more aggressive hips.

Being a true four-seater, the interior is hand crafted from wood and leather and as expected, is highly luxurious and delightfully indulgent. The roof of the Dawn – the quietest folding top in the industry – takes 22 seconds to open and is operable up to 31 mph (50km/h).

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The Dawn is powered by the now familiar and omnipotent 6.6-litre V12 twin-turbo petrol engine – as deployed in the Wraith. Power peaks at 623bhp and torque levels out at 780Nm (575lb/ft). Satellite-aided transmission is via the equally familiar eight-speed automatic driving the rear-wheels.

Prices are said to start from around £238,000.

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