2018 Rolls-Royce Dawn Aero Cowling
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
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
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
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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2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
Introduced in 2007, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe marked the return of the company’s flagship convertible after a five-year hiatus, with the Corniche V having been discontinued in 2002. Based on the massive Phantom sedan, which was retired in 2016, the Drophead Coupe was also laid to rest after some nine years on the market. With the brand-new Phantom VIII in the spotlight, it’s time to talk about the next-generation Drophead Coupe, which could be less a couple of years away.
Much like its predecessor, the upcoming Drophead Coupe will use the underpinnings and technology found in the sedan. It will also borrow most design features, so now that we’re familiar with the Phantom, it’s safe to say that the Drophead Coupe isn’t much of a mystery. Thanks to a rendering provided by Xtomi, we can also have a closer look at the car long before it goes into production. Find out everything you need to know about the next-generation Phantom Drophead Coupe in our speculative review below.
Update 8/22/2017: After speaking with Gerry Spahn, the Head of Communications for Rolls-Royce here in the U.S., we have to report that there will be no Phantom Drophead Coupe derived from the Phantom VIII. Read our special update section below to learn more about it.
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The Gilded History of the Rolls-Royce Phantom
Sir Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls-Royce, is quoted as saying, “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it doesn’t exist, design it.” Those are some pretty heavy words, but it’s the right credo for an automaker like Rolls-Royce. With a history of producing some of the most elegant, opulent, and downright desirable luxury vehicles on the planet, perfection isn’t just a goal – it’s an expectation. Such is the case with the Phantom, Rolls-Royce’s highly recognizable flagship model. These are cars that are destined for the stables of royalty, acting as a rolling signature of power, wealth, and prestige.
Lead by the trademark Spirit of Ecstasy on the hood, the Phantom comes equipped with top-shelf extravagance and lavishness, offering high levels of personalization to those select buyers with pockets deep enough to really enjoy it. Currently offered in a variety of different flavors, including the standard Phantom, an Extended Wheelbase model, a Coupe, and a Drophead Coupe, Rolls has announced a new eighth generation slated for release later this week. However, the history of the nameplate is rapidly approaching a full century at this point, so how’d we get here? To find out, we delved into the Phantom’s history, taking a look at the seven generations that have come and gone since the model’s introduction in 1925.
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2017 Rolls Royce Dawn Black Badge
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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Best Of The Best: Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Special Editions
Ten years is a long time to be in the automotive market, but it’s also a long enough time to be the subject of a few special edition models. That’s the case with the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, which enjoyed a remarkable run as one of the British luxury brand’s most significant models.
First introduced in 2007, the Phantom Drophead Coupe has received its share of special edition models in the past decade. Some bordered on questionable while others captured our imaginations by not only looking the part of a true special edition – or in some cases, one-off models – but also giving us the kind of feels that special edition models are supposed to do. So ahead of the current-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe’s eventual ride into the sunset later this year, we’re paying homage to the hulking two-door luxury convertible by making a list of some of the most memorable special edition versions of this model. From there, tell us what you think of our choices or if we left a specific model out that you think should’ve made the list.
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2017 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe "Last Of Last" Edition
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe has had a pretty good life. First introduced in 2007, the massive two-door convertible has been a staple of Rolls-Royce’s model lineup. During that span, it’s made the headlines a number of times, including serving a prominent role in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics. And that’s on top of its status as one of the most expensive Rolls-Royce models today. On another level, the Phantom Drophead Coupe has also been the subject of a number of special edition models. Just recently, it was one of seven Rolls models featured in Rolls-Royce Bespoke’s Wisdom Limited Collection for Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi. Now, we get another special edition Phantom Drophead Coupe, only this time, the significance of this special edition is mentioned in its “Last of Last” Edition name.
Yes, this is the last special edition version the British luxury automaker is building of the Phantom Drophead Coupe before the current-generation model is sent to retirement. It’s officially a one-off model so you can expect it to be loaded with a significant amount of special equipment befitting its status. The exterior, for example, is laden with fancy digs, highlighted by a Spirit of Ecstasy ornament that’s made from a material you normally don’t expect it to be made from. Likewise, the interior is as posh as a one-off Rolls model can get. Put these two elements together and you have a one-off creation that serves as a fitting send-off to one of the company’s mainstay models.
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2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Inspired by Pearling Tradition
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 Phantom Drophead Coupe Inspired By Desert Rose
Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke personalization program has given us a lot of interesting creations over the years. The expansion of the British automaker’s lineup has provided RRB with even more opportunities to make some creative special edition models, but for a time, Rolls-Royce Bespoke was limited to just the Phantom, the Ghost, and all the other iterations of both models. One such iteration, the Phantom Drophead Coupe, has gone through the hands of Rolls-Royce Bespoke, which created beauties like the Olympic Editions, Art Deco Special Edition, and most recently, the “inspired by Desert Rose” Edition.
Officially, this model is called the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Inspired by Desert Rose. It makes up one of seven models that Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi commissioned Rolls-Royce Bespoke to make to celebrate the automaker’s presence in the Middle Eastern country. The whole lot of one-off, Rolls-Royce models is referred to as the Wisdom Collection. In addition to the Desert Rose, Rolls-Royce also created the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Edition, the Qasr Al-Hosn Edition, and the Ancient Trade Routes Edition. The Desert Rose Edition takes the cake though for being the cleanest looking of all seven models. The treatment it received works incredibly well on a car like the Phantom Drophead Coupe, blending supreme Rolls-Royce class and luxury with the mesmerizing tranquility of the unique flower.
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2017 Rolls Royce Dawn Inspired by Fashion Edition
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
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
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
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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There was no shortage of absolutely amazing luxury cars in 1930, all of the big names in luxury were still operating, and custom coachbuilt bodies were very much the norm. But even within the realm of these hyper-luxury cars that were built for literal royalty, some were a bit more special than others. In the world of the Rolls-Royce Phantom II, which first debuted in 1929, it was the short-wheelbase Continental models that were the rarest and most coveted. These two-seat versions of the car are the rarest, and also the ones where the coachbuilders really got creative.
Most of the Phantom II bodies were built by the usual coachbuilders that worked with Rolls-Royce on its volume-selling models, these being primarily Mulliner and Park Ward. But for really special models, cars that were being sold to royalty or the extremely rich, the chassis were frequently sent to Barker. That is what happened with this Phantom II Torpedo Sports, which sports an unusual body that was the absolute bleeding edge of design for 1930. This went on top of an all-new Continental chassis that was a complete redesign from the Phantom I. It’s a different sort of car, but very much in a good way.
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