The new Dawn for Rolls-Royce will give you goosebumps

When you get goosebumps before you’ve even stepped into a car, let alone started the engine, you know the designers have done their job right, writes Scott Armstrong.

Of course this being Rolls-Royce one expects perhaps nothing less than perfection from those at the drawing board, but with its new Dawn model they have raised what was a stunningly high bar, coming off the back of the Wraith and the Ghost.

Launched online yesterday, Dawn has been billed as the ‘quietest drophead in the world’ and ‘she’ is aimed at a younger, more social, (ultra) high-net worth individual.


Listen to chief executive Torsten Müller-Ötvös describe his company’s new creation and it’s difficult not to get swept up in the romance of this model.

Words like ‘masterpiece’, ‘open-pore wood deck’, ‘waterfall effect’ and ‘intricate’ evoke images of a luxury yacht on land.

Rather than wax lyrical at this stage we’ll let the film of the UK launch press conference set the stage for Dawn’s debut in the Gulf, which Benchmark Middle East understands will be very soon.

Record results for Rolls-Royce in the UAE. Read more here.

Technical specifications for the Rolls-Royce Dawn

Vehicle length 5285mm / 17.34ft
Vehicle width 1947mm / 6.39ft
Vehicle height (unladen) 1502mm / 4.93ft
Wheelbase 3112mm / 10.21ft
Turning circle 12.7m / 41.7ft
Boot Volume (DIN) 244ltr – 295ltr / 8.6 ft3 – 10.4 ft3
Unladen Weight (DIN) 2560kg / 5644lb
Engine / cylinders / valves V / 12 / 48
Fuel management Direct injection
Power output @ engine speed 563bhp / 420kW / 570PS @ 5250rpm
Max torque @ engine speed 780Nm / 575lb ft @ 1500rpm
Fuel type 10:1 / Premium unleaded1
Top speed 250kmh / 155mph (governed)
Acceleration 0 – 100km/h 4.9sec²


Fuel Consumption

Urban 21.4ltr / 100km / 13.2mpg (Imp.)
Extra urban 9.8ltr / 100km / 28.8mpg (Imp.)
Combined consumption / range 14.2ltr / 100km / 19.9mpg (Imp.)
CO2 emissions 330g/km