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.
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 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.
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