Have you ever wondered how the “sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built.” might look? You might save yourself the trouble and gaze upon the Rolls-Royce Dawn, the marque’s third convertible in 45 years. Starting with a Wraith coupe under the skin, the Dawn’s supple sheetmetal has curves so sensual that its four very lucky adult passengers might discover the evening breeze choosing to just cling to the bodywork. Surrounded by unimaginably soft leather, miles of exquisite aluminium accents, superb audio and fragrant book-matched wood trim, the Dawn overflows with everything one would expect of a Rolls-Royce in a singularly breathtaking open-top treatment.
Don’t let its stunning good looks fool you; the Dawn is a quick as it is spellbinding. Under the long hood sits a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 that churns up 563 and 79.5 kgm of torque at 1500 rpm. When in a rush, the 2,608 kg Dawn will reach 62 mph in 4.9 seconds in splendid silence. It is mated to same Wraith “satellite-guided” eight-speed automatic, which employs GPS to determine the gearing for approaching elevations and scenic swerves. Should those curves have a few ripples, the suspension settings are softened to the point where road imperfections simply vanish. And should the sun peak out behind a cloud on the trip to the summer house, lowering the top takes 22 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph.