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Meet the Rolls-Royce Dawn, a convertible with coupé-like qualities

The Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible may be large with a sybaritic interior and exquisite details but size and opulence aside, what may be most striking after a short ride is how hushed the cabin is.

This is, after all, an open-top car with a classic, but very substantial, fabric roof.

Enter a CTE tunnel and you will hardly notice the noisy motorcycle buzzing alongside. The cabin ambience is almost on a par with a fixed roof coupe.

With its four full-sized individual seats – not one of those 2+2 configurations with the kind of rear legroom that can trigger DVT – the Dawn is one of the most user-friendly convertibles.

Based on the Wraith coupe, it is a so-called drophead with the largest canopy for a modern convertible.

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This fabric hood pays aesthetic homage to the classic convertible of yesteryear, but is constructed with the latest technology for the needs of modern motoring.

  • The Dawn is one of those rare cabrios that look fantastic, regardless of whether the roof is down or not.

The innovative French Seam roof stitching creates a perfectly smooth upper roof surface that enables smoother airflow for a hushed top-up motoring experience. At the same time, six layers of fabric further insulate against traffic noise for a cabin that is nearly as calm as the Wraith’s.

The soft top opens swiftly – it takes 22 seconds – and in keeping with Rolls-Royce tradition, silently.

Another signature RR feature are the coach doors, which allow easier ingress and egress in tight parking situations.

A side benefit of the coach doors is increased body rigidity, which is even more essential for a convertible, as the front pillar is not encumbered by a front-hinged door structure.

So despite its size, the chassis of the 5.3-metre-long Dawn betrays little scuttle shake.

This enhances the composure of the Rolls, which accelerates from zero to 100 kmh in 5.1 seconds and has a dynamic accelerator pedal mapping for increased response.

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Even though its 6.6-litre V12 twin-turbo engine has a lower output than the Wraith, it is still a prodigiously powerful car, with extremely healthy torque to ensure effortless progress.

In fact, the Dawn is a very enjoyable convertible because it does not compromise – on space, speed or luxury. It rides beautifully on air suspension and it is adequately agile for an over-2.5-tonne car with a sumptuous interior.

It is a convertible where everything from comfort to refinement is upsized.

Adapted from The Business Times