AFTER the Ghost, Phantom and Wraith, Ro lls – Royce has departed from its tradition of picking spectral names for its cars and revived a title that harks back to the 1950s. The Dawn has just hit showrooms in India and offers all the Rolls- Royce luxuries, packed into a delightful drop-top body.
A twin-turbo 6.6-litre engine that’s capable of a solid 563 horsepower and 780Nm of torque is impressive. But when mated to a satelliteaided,
eight-speed automatic transmission inside a cabriolet body like the Dawn’s, it’s potent. With speeds of up to 250 kmph and a 0-100 kmph time of under five seconds at your behest, rolling down the top and scorching down an open road will be an irresistible idea. Especially when the roof retracts in just 22 seconds.
The Rolls-Royce Dawn takes after its siblings when it comes to luxury and equipment, despite the fact that 80 per cent of its body panels is all new. It still bears the typical Rolls-Royce grin—in the form of its signature wide grille flanked by deepset head lamps—under the iconic hood ornament they call The Spirit of Ecstasy. The polished 21-inch wheels complete the look on the side. The sense of old world charm is carried into the beautifully crafted interior, too. The wood finish on the doors, dashboard and console complements the analogue clocks in the instrument cluster. The Dawn can be customised to the owner’s liking, too, courtesy Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke division. The new look of the Dawn does justice to its history. The name was originally bestowed upon a range of drophead bodies from Rolls-Royce, produced from 1950 to 1954. With only 28 such units manufactured by the British carmaker, these cabriolets remain rather rare and exclusive. With an ex-showroomprice of Rs 6.25 crore, we can rest assured that the new Dawn will be just as exclusive