By Wayne Gorrett
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.
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).
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.