Rolls-Royce Dawn unveiled

The new Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible has been unveiled just ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt motor show.
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A vehicle that Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, CEO of Rolls-Royce Cars, describes as the "sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built".

According to Mueller-Oetvoes, the name Dawn was chosen as it "perfectly suggests the fresh opportunities that every new day holds", as well as hinting at the "early-day chill of dawn [which] provides an erotic tingle on the skin, awakening the senses and passions as the day begins".


Although the Dawn shares the same 3112mm wheelbase as the Wraith coupe, the luxury car maker emphatically states that the Dawn is "is not a Wraith drophead" and that 80 percent of the convertible's body panels are unique.

Changes include a grille that's recessed by 45mm, a redesigned front bumper that's 53mm longer, and "sensuous hips" that envelop a rear track that's 24mm wider than on the coupe. The largest carry over element are the rear-hinged front doors, which should aid ingress and egress to the rear seats.

The Dawn rides on 20-inch alloy wheels fitted with run-flat tyres; 21-inch wheels are an optional extra. Rolls-Royce says that the Dawn's roof is able to raise or lower itself in 20 seconds at driving speeds up to 50km/h. With the roof up, the Dawn is said to be as quiet as the Wraith coupe and the "quietest open top car ever made".


A direct-injection 5.6-litre V12 with 420kW of power and 780Nm of torque is tasked with moving the Dawn's 2560 kilogram body around, while an eight-speed satellite-aided automatic transmission is standard. The Dawn is said to be capable of 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.

The Dawn's infotainment system features a 10.25-inch high-resolution screen that's controlled by either a rotary knob or a touchpad that can recognise gestures, as well as Latin, Arabic and Chinese character inputs.

Safety tech includes a concealed roll-over protection system, head-up display, adaptive LED headlights, and a night-time heat detection system that can monitor for road-side humans and animals.