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Rolls-Royce Dawn

2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn

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  • Rolls-Royce Dawn
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V12
  • Transmission:
    eight-speed auto
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    563 @ 5250
  • Torque @ RPM:
    575
  • Displacement:
    6.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    300000
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The 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith created quite a stir when it was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, mainly due to its gorgeous fastback-like shape, enormous amount of luxury, and the all-new Satellite Aided Transmission that uses GPS mapping data to preselect gears. It didn’t take too long for the British company to announce a convertible version of the two-door vehicle, but we had to wait for more than a year to actually see the vehicle in the metal as a camouflaged prototype. With the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show just around the corner, Rolls-Royce unveiled its new luxury cabriolet.

Although it was originally believed that Rolls-Royce will launch it as the Wraith Drophead Coupe, a name borrowed from the convertible version of the Phantom, the massive cabriolet will actually use the Dawn moniker. The name returns in the lineup after six decades, as Rolls-Royce used the designation on a limited run of 28 roofless Rollers in the 1950s.

Updated 09/25/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn

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Rolls Royce's New Adamas Collection Proves That There's No Substitute for Premium Luxury

Rolls Royce’s New Adamas Collection Proves That There’s No Substitute for Premium Luxury

Only 70 Rolls-Royce units will be made available in the collection

Rolls-Royce has released a new collection of special edition models, called the Adamas Collection. Based on Black Badge editions of the Rolls-Royce Dawn and Wraith, the Adamas Collection puts a spotlight on what Rolls-Royce refers to as the “darker side of contemporary craftsmanship.” Only 70 units will be included in the Adamas Collection, distributed between 40 Black Badge Wraith units and 30 Black Badge Dawn models.

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2018 Rolls-Royce Dawn Aero Cowling

2018 Rolls-Royce Dawn Aero Cowling

The company’s first modern "roadster."

In 2013, Rolls-Royce modified the Ghost platform in order to build the Wraith, its first coupe-style grand tourer in many years. Two years later the Brits decided it was time to offer a new convertible as well, so they chopped the roof off the Wraith and renamed it the Dawn. Come 2018 and Rolls-Royce apparently realized that it could use a two-seater. And, instead of building one, it created a new feature that turns the Dawn into a car for just two people. Meet the Rolls-Royce Dawn Aero Cowling, a new model that makes its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

The company says that the Aero Cowling was born from "the recognition by Rolls-Royce’s designers that some clients may wish for enhanced flexibility in terms of style and practicality." It’s not a brand-new model, but more of an upgrade that encloses the rear seat area with a tonneau and turns the Dawn into a two-seat without sacrificing the option of being able to haul three passengers when needed. So why the big fuss with the Geneva unveiling? Well, in pure Rolls-Royce fashion, the said tonneau is far from ordinary. Find out more below.

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2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Overdose by Spofec

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Overdose by Spofec

More power for all that luxury

The Novitec Group is arguably the biggest tuning company in the world. It’s tentacles run long, thanks in large part to sub-brands that cater to a specific automaker. We’re familiar with Novitec Rosso that works exclusively on Ferraris. We’ve also touched base with Novitec Torado with Lamborghini, Novitec Tridente with Maserati, and Spofec, which is responsible for developing programs for Rolls-Royce models. For this instance, the focus will be on Spofec and it’s latest tuning masterpiece, the Dawn Overdose.

You probably realize by now that the focus of this program is the Rolls-Royce Dawn. No surprises there. What you might find surprising though is the level of work that was put into creating a kit that not only adds a significant amount of extra power to the Dawn, but also gives it a wide-body kit that gives the lavish convertible a whole new level of physicality to it. The Dawn Overdose is an all-encompassing kit so if you happen to own Rolls’ newest luxury top-down and you’re itching to give it upgrades fit for a car of its status, there are few tuners who can do it about as comprehensive as the tuning company that literally gets its name from the “SPirit OF ECstasy.” Best hurry though because only eight units of the Dawn Overdose will be made created so if you miss out on any of these eight, you’ll be completely out of luck.

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2018 Rolls-Royce Dawn Neiman Marcus Special Editions

2018 Rolls-Royce Dawn Neiman Marcus Special Editions

There’s not one, but two cars on Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book!

Neiman Marcus’ annual Christmas Book has just been unveiled, and as expected, a car is included in it. This year’s different though because instead of offering just one ride in the catalog, Neiman Marcus is rolling out two special edition Rolls-Royce Dawns, each one dressed in a unique summer look that promotes a his-and-hers vibe.

In keeping with the summertime theme, each of the two Rolls-Royce Dawn models also get names attached to them. One is called the Dawn Lago di Como, a nod to Italy’s famous Lake Como, a favorite tourist destination in the hot months. The other is called Dawn Saint-Tropez, named after the French coastal town that’s famous for being the playground of the rich and famous. In those terms, these two Dawn models appear to have been named appropriately considering their own pedigree as Rolls-Royce models. As expected, the Dawn Lago di Como and the Dawn Saint-Tropez will be extremely limited with only 20 total models set to be made available, presumably just 10 for each of the two SE Dawns. That said, before you start placing your orders, remember that items from Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book don’t come cheap. That’s certainly the case for these two Dawns as one of them - the Lago di Como - costs $439,625 whereas the other - the Saint-Tropez - is priced a little higher at $445,750. Either way, you’re bank accounts will have their work cut out for them should you decide to get either one of these two beauties.

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2017 Rolls Royce Dawn in Fuxia

2017 Rolls Royce Dawn in Fuxia

One-off Rolls-Royce is an exclusive masterpiece for those with deep pockets

Billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Fux is no stranger to enjoying the finer things in life. Case in point: the man is known in the auto circles for his passion for Rolls-Royce. It’s not enough though for him to just have one Roller in his garage. Nope. That’s not how Fux rolls, no pun intended. Fux actually has 11 of them. 11 Rolls-Royce vehicles, each personalized to the heavens just to meet his specific whims. It’s no surprise, then, that Rolls-Royce treats Fux as one of its most important clients, important enough at least to receive this one-off Rolls-Royce Dawn that’s more specifically called the “Dawn in Fuxia.”

Wordplay notwithstanding, the Dawn in Fuxia is unique in a lot of ways, not the least of which is the fact that it belongs to Fux, hence the clever way Rolls decided to spell “fuchsia.” There are other important details about this one-off Dawn, but it really is that color scheme that makes it stand out. Not only does it look gravitating in it of itself, but it’s also super exclusive, and by “super exclusive,” I mean that nobody else in the world – not a sheikh, a billionaire, or anybody else – will have access to that specific color. Only Michael Fux can use that color because he was the one who asked Rolls-Royce to create it in the first place, specifically for this particular Dawn. Even better, it’s not the only shade that Fux has exclusive rights to. There are 11 of them in total and each one of them is only available to the man who has been an unabashed supporter of the British luxury brand.

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2017 Rolls Royce Dawn Black Badge

2017 Rolls Royce Dawn Black Badge

We’ll say it. Rolls-Royce struck gold with its Black Badge range

Rolls-Royce never fails to impress. That much is clear after the British luxury brand released another special edition model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, adding to the seemingly hundreds of SE models unveiled to the public this year. This one is different, though. It’s a special edition Rolls-Royce Dawn that’s wearing the Black Badge name. This one, ladies and gentlemen, is the Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge.

For those who are unfamiliar with the name, Black Badge is what Rolls-Royce describes as a “permanent Bespoke family of motor cars” under the Rolls-Royce brand. It’s essentially made up Rolls-Royce models that have been transformed into better representations of a specific model’s full potential. The line was introduced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show when the British automaker brought with it the Ghost Black Badge and the Wraith Black Badge. Now it’s the Dawn’s turn to get the same treatment, and just like the two models that came before it, this one is peppered with extra features, added amenities, and an all-around sense of bespoke engineering that has come to define Rolls-Royce in recent years. The availability of the Dawn Black Badge is unique in its own way too since Rolls-Royce isn’t planning to roll out a specific number of models wearing the name. That’s because if anybody wants one, he or she will have to ask Rolls-Royce to build one for them.

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2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Inspired by Pearling Tradition

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Inspired by Pearling Tradition

One-off creation tells the story of the region’s history with pearls

The Rolls-Royce remains the British automaker’s newest model. That’s going to be the case until the Cullinan SUV arrives in the next year or two. For now, the Dawn remains the new kid on the Rolls-Royce block, and that status affords the company plenty of opportunities to get creative with presenting the luxury droptop. We’ve seen the Dawn get turned into the Bespoke Porto Corvo. We’ve seen it get a Fashion Edition treatment. Now, it’s being used as part of Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi’s new Wisdom Collection. This, fine folks, is the Rolls-Royce Dawn inspired by Pearling Tradition.

You’ve probably pieced together by now that this exclusive Rolls-Royce Dawn makes up a collection of Rolls-Royce models that have been designed to celebrate its presence in the Middle Eastern region. It certainly goes without saying that the company considers the Emirates as one of its biggest markets, stagnating sales notwithstanding. The Wisdom Collection that includes the special edition Dawn is made up of a total of seven different one-off models, one each for every model that Rolls makes and, somewhat curiously, two for the Rolls-Royce Wraith. Each of the seven one-off models also pays tribute to a unique heritage of Abu Dhabi, with the one-off Dawn specifically shining a spotlight on the Arabian Pearl, one of the most sought-after types of pearls in the world.

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2017 Rolls Royce Dawn Inspired by Fashion Edition

2017 Rolls Royce Dawn Inspired by Fashion Edition

Don’t eat or drink anything when you’re inside these cars

The Rolls-Royce Dawn is a little over a year old but it’s already been presented in various special trims and variants. Thank Rolls-Royce’s penchant for launching special edition models. It’s nice to see then the British luxury car brand is still in fine form in that regard with the presentation of a new line of limited edition Dawns created under the “Inspired by Fashion” line.

Three unique versions of the Dawn are being offered, each with a unique color scheme that, according to the company’s design boss Giles Taylor, was carefully chosen by a team of designers from “the worlds of fashion, fine textiles, and luxury accessories.”

Most of the upgrades can be seen in the car’s interior, but there are some special designs on the body as well, highlighted by a special body paint that comes exclusive to the unique line. No matter how you look at them though, these limited edition Dawns are catered specifically to a certain clientele, which not only adds to their luxury appeal, but also emphasizes the lengths by which Rolls-Royce will go to offer their clients the exclusivity that the company is known for.

No mention was made on how many units are available under the Dawn Inspired by Fashion line or how much each is going to cost, but the company said that orders will be begin being taken starting in November 2016.

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2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn By Spofec

2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn By Spofec

German tuner has plenty of new offerings for Rolls-Royce’s newest model

The Rolls-Royce Dawn’s grand entrance to the auto world occurred at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and it’s arrival coincided with the return of the name after six decades of being on the shelf. Yep, the Dawn moniker was once used on a limited number of convertible Rolls-Royce models from the 1950’s. The new Dawn looks far different from its previous incarnation, but just like any other Roller model today, it’s not immune to the hands of the aftermarket tuning world. We’ve already seen Mansory develop a program for the Dawn and now we have Sporfec, which has new tuning kit that revolves around an engine upgrade that gives the Dawn 686 horsepower and 693 pound-feet of torque to play with.

That’s a significant improvement from the standard model but it’s also far from the only useful upgrade Spofec is offering. The noted Rolls tuner is also throwing a carbon aero kit into the mix and a series of modifications to the Dawn’s suspension and brakes. A new set of wheels is also on the menu, although that’s entirely expected from a tuner that also specializes on custom rims.

Given the myriad of options that owners of the Rolls-Royce Dawn are being presented with this program, it’s hard to think of what Spofec did and dismiss it simply because the car in question is the Dawn. Sure, the luxury convertible is arguably one of those models that already looks great in standard form, but like every other car, there’s room for improvement. That’s what Spofec is offering with this tuning program, and for the most part, it prepared one that Dawn owners will find appealing.

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2016 Rolls-Royce Bespoke Porto Cervo Dawn

2016 Rolls-Royce Bespoke Porto Cervo Dawn

The four-wheeled incarnation of a seaside escape for the affluent

As you’re probably well aware, Rolls-Royce has made a habit of unveiling extravagantly customized variants of it’s already extravagant model lineup under the Bespoke customer personalization program. The latest high-profile creation is a pair of unique motor cars inspired by “the atmosphere and vibrancy of one of the world’s most exclusive and glamorous enclaves; Porto Cervo.” Part of the pair is this emerald green Dawn, a drophead coupe outfitted with a nautical-themed interior, mother of pearl, precious jewels, and white gold.

But this thing didn’t just appear out of thin air. As any artistic person will tell you, proper inspiration is needed to create anything of worth, and to that end, Rolls launched its Summer Studio in Porto Cervo, Italy, last month. The studio hopes to combine “the worlds of fashion, art and design” into a single luxurious social hub for well-to-do clientele, creating the right setting for dreaming up new applications of the Bespoke program.

Renowned British tattoo artist, Mo Coppoletta, was in attendance, and was inspired to create a pair of leather headrests that will be shown along with the two Rollers.

However, the stars of the show are the two cars. Complementing the Dawn is a custom Wraith, completing the pair’s theme, from “Dusk until Dawn.”

So then – what do you get when you combine a $335,000 convertible with unlimited artistic freedom and a hotspot of the fabulously wealthy? Read on for the details.

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2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn by Mansory

2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn by Mansory

Rolls’ newest ride gets its first slice of the aftermarket world

The Rolls-Royce Dawn may be the newest Rolls on the block after only making its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. But whether a car is old or new, aftermarket companies aren’t the type to differentiate one from the other. As long as it’s worthy of a tuning program, a tuner will build one for it. That’s what we have here with Mansory’s newest creation. Since the model itself is only months old, this tuning kit is arguably one of the first to be developed for the Dawn. And as far as “firsts” are concerned, they have the potential to set the bar really high.

Knowing that, the important question to ask is whether Mansory did just that. Did it set a standard for future tuning kits for the Dawn? On the surface, it does seem like that’s the case. This program comes with an aero kit, a customizable interior, and a performance bump. In other words, it’s well-detailed enough to get people’s attention.

But this is Mansory we’re talking about here. The German tuner, for better or worse, has earned a reputation for being one of the most provocative tuners in the game. It’s built programs that have turned sports cars into supercars and supercars into, well, you get the picture. This kit, however, lacks that extra jolt that some might come to expect from Mansory. Whatever you may think of it, there are certain standards people may have for a certain tuner. I’m just not sure Mansory lived up to its own expectations with this program for the Rolls-Royce Dawn.

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First North American Rolls-Royce Dawn Will Be Auctioned For Charity

First North American Rolls-Royce Dawn Will Be Auctioned For Charity

The first production Rolls-Royce Dawn that’s earmarked for the US market won’t be going to any of the company’s dealerships in the country. Instead, it will head to the Naples Winter Wine Festival in January 2016, where it will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds from the said auction will go directly to the Naples Children & Education Foundation.

The Dawn first broke into the luxury market scene at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Since then, the Wraith’s cabriolet alter-ego has made a lot of waves, thanks in part to its uncompromising attitude towards premium luxury.

For its part, Rolls-Royce is making sure that whoever wins the auction will receive an authentic one-off. This particular Dawn features an exclusive Arctic White paint finish with a matching, Deep Red soft top roof and a red coachline running the length of the car’s sides. Inside, Rolls-Royce used the same Arctic White shade and combined it with a Consort Red contrast on the leather. The Dawn’s front fascia, doors and wrapping onto the back deck all received Santos Palisander Canadel Paneling, which Rolls describes as a “handcrafted finish of open pore Indian Rosewood” to further elevate the model’s one-off and first-production status.

All in all, this particular Rolls Royce Dawn is valued at more than $400,000. The starting bid is set at $335,000, although given its status as the first-production Dawn to hit the US, there’s a good chance it will push past $500,000 without even breaking a sweat.

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2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn

2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn

The 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith created quite a stir when it was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, mainly due to its gorgeous fastback-like shape, enormous amount of luxury, and the all-new Satellite Aided Transmission that uses GPS mapping data to preselect gears. It didn’t take too long for the British company to announce a convertible version of the two-door vehicle, but we had to wait for more than a year to actually see the vehicle in the metal as a camouflaged prototype. With the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show just around the corner, Rolls-Royce unveiled its new luxury cabriolet.

Although it was originally believed that Rolls-Royce will launch it as the Wraith Drophead Coupe, a name borrowed from the convertible version of the Phantom, the massive cabriolet will actually use the Dawn moniker. The name returns in the lineup after six decades, as Rolls-Royce used the designation on a limited run of 28 roofless Rollers in the 1950s.

Updated 09/25/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

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Rolls-Royce's Future Model Will Be Called "Dawn"

Rolls-Royce’s Future Model Will Be Called "Dawn"

Not long ago, our snappers caught what sure as heck appeared to be a Rolls-Royce Wraith convertible testing in the snow. Now, the famed purveyor of fancy four-wheeled opulence is confirming the existence a forthcoming drophead model called the Rolls-Royce Dawn — a name also given to a limited run of 28 drophead Rollers in the 1950s.

“Dawn is a beautiful new open-top motor car with a name that suggests the fresh opportunities that every new day holds – an awakening, an opening up of one’s senses and a burst of sunshine,” said CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, “It will be the most social of super-luxury motor cars for those beautiful people who wish to bathe in the sunlight of the world’s social hotspots.” Sounds like a spiritual experience for a narcissist rather than a car, but there you go.

Rolls-Royce was tight-lipped on specifics, but here’s what we think we know: As a convertible variant of the Wraith Coupe, we’re expecting the Dawn to be pretty much the same from the waist down. That means a 6.6-liter V-12 producing 624 horsepower, nestled under a very long hood and powering the rear wheels through a ZF eight-speed transmission. The absence of a hardtop also means the fastback profile is gone in favor of a flat trunk and fabric roof.

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