Review the 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn
Luxurious drop-top, a long, quiet tourer like its roof siblings.
When you are a Rolls-Royce, you can choose anywhere in the world to launch a car.
To launch the $ 750,000 Dawn convertible, Rolls chose South Africa, the world’s counter-capital.
The secret to not being rolled behind the wheel is under the radar, slipping quietly and avoiding attention.
It was a bit difficult when our seven-person fleet, combined for $ 5.5 million, flew over Cape Town with the roof down and carried unrefined, silver-colored RR valves.
This was confusing for at least one police officer to pull over a colleague to question the lack of license plates. An official letter, thoughtfully furnished by Rolls, confirming our permission.
Admittedly, Cape Town is safer than the capital Johannesburg, but we still warn that we will store bags and personal items in locked boots, not in cars.
I also have good authority on security in plainclothes, driving unbranded cars, from old VWs to modern family cars, silently sheltering our convoy so the sales people rong or do not want to reach.
Normally, Rolls-Royce does not release a new model, so the appearance of Dawn is something that the whole company has predicted. CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos joins us from the UK and Peter Schwarzenbauer of BMW, the director responsible for Rolls-Royce, comes from Munich HQ.
Dawn is based on Wraith fastback, which is a separatist car, the most driver-focused car in years using a V12 engine, twin turbochargers, two V12 engines and eight-speed GPS drive.
It is unchanged for early drop. Capacity of 420kW / 780Nm pushes it from the rest to 100km / h in 4.9 seconds, above 250km / h govern.
However, Dawn is not just a shredded Wraith, as 70% of its body panels are new. The grille has been dented deeper and has a 53mm extension at the front bumper. Rolls said only the door and rear bumper brought from Wraith.
The lines of the convertible are also scratched, making their configuration more pronounced forward, looking a bit higher than the nose – contradicting all other models in the Rolls-Royce portfolio.
The company says it has worked hard to make sure Dawn works as smoothly and quietly as Wraith, Ghost or Phantom despite not having a permanent roof. I can confirm that it is strangely silent even under an unexpected cloud.
The conversation continued despite the heavy rain falling on the fabric hood, adding weight to the manufacturer that this was the quietest convertible on the market. The roof retracts in 21 seconds and operates at speeds up to 50km / h.
Even when the wind blows during driving, Dawn never feels vulnerable. Our 180cm rear passenger has too much legroom and headroom with roofs longer than 80 minutes to satisfy me that this is a long distance tourer suitable for four adults.
It may be a child of the Rolls team but it is a big car and feels it from behind the steering wheel.
However, it is extremely flat and composed when turned on. It drives like a large, modern tourer larger than a Rolls, allowing fast speeds behind the wheel, even on staggering B roads.
The increase in power is unbelievable, like a silent tidal wave. At idle, it feels like an electric car – you hear nothing.
The increase in power is unbelievable, like a silent tidal wave.
However, pushing it along mountain roads, and the air suspension and gearbox support GPS help for quick progress.
Brakes for an angle and transmission predicts what gear you’ll need on your way out. It takes up the bend, the speed of the approach and other inputs such as steering angle, brake pressure and throttle position.
That means there’s no real need for the transmission modes (sporty or comfortable) you find on other cars.
The air springs, anti-roll bars and even the distance between the rear wheels has been modified from the Wraith to account for an additional 250kg.