Rolls-Royce reveals Dawn Black Badge convertible
- New model to debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend
- It is 30bhp more powerful than a standard Wraith, boasting 593bhp
- The 6.6-litre engine can tow this 2.5 tonnes car to 62mph in under 5 seconds
- Expect to have to pay a £35,000 premium on top of a standard Dawn
Rolls-Royce’s Dawn may carry a name that evokes light, but the British luxury car maker has extended it’s dark ‘Black Badge’ to include the convertible – as part of a mission to attract younger affluent customers.
The Dawn will sit alongside black-on-black versions of the Wraith and Ghost after making its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend.
If your pockets are deep enough, expect to pay a £35,000 premium on top of the £264,000 you’d normally need to hand over for one of the open-top Rollers, but every £1,000 does buy you almost one extra horse power.
Back in black: This is the new Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge edition – a model the British marque hopes will encourage more younger customers to buy one of its cars
That’s because the hand-crafting team at Goodwood has managed to eke an additional 30bhp out of the 6.6-litre twin-turbo nestled under the massive bonnet of the British marque’s latest model.
That means power is up to 593bhp, helping this 2.5 tonne cruise-liner on wheels hit 62mph from a standstill in a stealthy 4.9 seconds.
As with all Rolls-Royce models – thanks to BMW ownership – it comes with a speed limiter, restricting this £300,000 brute to 155mph flat out.
Further tweaks mean the gear change should be a little sharper and the throttle response snappier to dabs of the pedal.
The British car maker claims to have tuned the suspension – considering it’s aimed at a sprightlier audience than the one Rolls-Royce usually courts, we imagine they’ve decided to firm everything up.
There are also larger brakes to offset the power increase and a new active exhaust that’s loud enough to impress any budding Instagram star’s followers.
Swing open the coach doors and you’re welcomed by more black, though with a hint of orange in this display car interior. Customers can request their own cabin tones on
With an additional 30bhp under the bonnet, it is said to be able to cruise to 62mph from a standstill in less than 5 seconds. Not bad for a car that weighs 2,500kg
Rolls-Royce describes the all-black paint job as the ‘deepest, darkest and most intense black to ever grace a production car surface’
You won’t need to add many filters to make the car look stunning, either.
The solid black paint is made up of multiple layers and lacquers to create the ‘deepest, darkest and most intense black to ever grace a production car surface’, according to the brand.
As well as the paint, the folding canvas roof and rear deck only comes in black too, as does the Spirit of Ecstasy that lifts out of the bonnet. Think of it more as the dark knight rising.
The dashboard panel is a combination of aviation-grade aluminium bonded with carbon fibre
The elevating Spirit of Ecstasy looks more like a dark knight rising in this jet-black finish
The car will make its debut by taking to the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Expect the 6.6-litre V12 motor to sound pretty good
Black chrome also tips the exhausts and radiator grille, along with the decorative finishes around the boot lid.
Step inside the coach doors and you’re welcomed by yet more darkness, with a combination of dark tinted leather and aircraft-grade aluminium and carbon fibre dashboard panels.
As with any Roller, you can order custom work to add that individual touch. Just as long as you have any money left over after stumping up the expected £299,000 asking price.
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online