2017 Rolls Royce Dawn Review

The model dubbed the 2017 Rolls Royce Dawn has been showcased and announced for release this year. The model is actually a convertible version of the Rolls Royce’s acclaimed vehicle called the Wraith which has been released in 2014 and caused a lot of ruckus with its elegant design. The Wraith was actually unveiled for the first time in Geneva and was an immediate success as it brought us a gorgeous fastback-like shape which was then complemented by enormous amounts of luxury and made the vehicle an immediate success.

This year at the Frankfurt Auto show we got our first look at the Rolls Royce Dawn and the model and we managed to see what the two-door convertible had to give us. There was a period of over a year where we were kept in the dark and only left to speculate if a cabriolet version would appear and when would it be. By then, we only managed to see a camouflaged prototype vehicle and not so many spy photos to boot and show us what could it actually be. Finally the car is getting released soon and the announcement has already been made official.

2017 Rolls Royce Dawn side view

The name choice for the 2017 Rolls Royce Dawn was actually supposed to be different as the makers first decided on a name that went Wraith Drophead Coupek, which is a name that is borrowed form the convertible version of the Rolls Royce Phantom, luckily it did not stick. The name Dawn was more appropriate and it actually makes a comeback for the Rolls Royce brand as it was used in the 1950s for a limited edition version which had 28 models in total.

Exterior

The design of the 2017 Rolls Royce Dawn has an interesting design for a convertible, mainly as it departs from its regular version the Wraith. Usually the models are the same from the waist down but the case with the Dawn car is completely different. They say that they have included at least 80% of new body panels for the car which is actually one of the reasons that they decided to go for an all-together separate name.

2017 Rolls Royce Dawn front view

But in fact, when comparing the two cars we do not see too many difference in the shape and size of the car and there are a few details that actually differentiate the Dawn and the Wraith models. The first is the design of the headlamps which bare a different shape, while the grille has been recessed by 1.7 inches and the bumper is 2.1 inches extended, which results in a longer front overhang.

2017 Rolls Royce Dawn rear view

The beltline of the car arches up to the rear part all the way above the wheels, which is not visible on the coupe version. In a way the Dawn looks like a facelifted Wraith but without its roof. l It also offers a new set of wheels with the polished 21-inch, and painted 21-inch and 20-inch wheels as your offer.

Interior

The interior of the 2017 Rolls Royce Dawn benefits from everything that eh Wraith has but adds even more. Of course it excludes the Starlight Headliner and its 1,340 individual lights woven into the roof liner for obvious reasons. It does, on the other hand, mange to add the arces of wood and fine leather wool carpets, and a wide array of upholstery colors and various customization options. The rear legroom area is quite ample and Rolls Royce states that this model is not your regular 2+2 as it is labeled as a veritable four-seater.

2017 Rolls Royce Dawn interior

As this perhaps does not make sense in your normal case, it does when the brand is a Rolls. They do not plan to sacrifice any comfort and in the books of Rolls Royce makers 2 and 2 sometimes does not make 4, which is a stay say their right and an exception when your brand is Rolls Royce. Either way the comfort is immense and higher quality and something that you would expect for a model like this one. The technological aspect of the car is the same as inside the Wraith and generally speaking this is the most opulent convertible currently present on the market with an inside designed as a luxury cruise ship.

Engine

There were not any surprises when it came to the engine of the 2017 Rolls Royce Dawn, as they used the same kind of a powertrain found in the Wraith version. So the same 6.6-liter V-12 ghost spec unit power the Dawn and enables it with an output of 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque, which makes the Dawn less powerful than the coupe version which makes 624 horses and 590 pound-feet of torque. The power is transferred using the same  same ZF-built, eight-speed automatic, and enables the acceleration specs of 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The top speed of the 2017 Rolls Royce Dawn is 155 mph.

2017 Rolls Royce Dawn engine

Release date and price

As any other Rolls Royce out there, the 2017 Rolls Royce Dawn comes at a price, and this one has it at around $300,000 per unit. The vehicle is being already released this year with its respective release date being by the end of this year.

 

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