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