Whatever you do, don’t call the new Rolls-Royce Dawn simply a convertible version of the Wraith. No, Rolls-Royce says the Dawn is very much its own bird to speak and we’re getting a glimpse of it ahead of its debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show. The other big thing Rolls-Royce wants you to know is that it’s the quietest soft top convertible on the road. The soft top will open in 22 seconds without so much as a peep.
“Without question, the engineering highlight of the new Rolls-Royce Dawn is the new roof. To be a true Rolls-Royce, Dawn had to deliver the hushed driving experience associated with all Rolls-Royces. At the same time the only choice for a Rolls-Royce was a fabric roof for reasons of aesthetics, romance and brand appropriateness. There is nothing more romantic than driving a convertible in the rain at night and hearing the drops pattering on the roof,” the company said in a statement.
Under the hood, no surprises. The 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine produces 563 horsepower, shooting you from zero to 62 mph in a a mere 4.9 seconds.
The new Dawn convertible pays homage to the Silver Dawn — a name applied to a very limited 28 vehicles from 1950 to 1954. In 1952, it was the first Rolls-Royce to be offered with a factory-built body. Much like the 1952 Silver Dawn, the new Rolls-Royce Dawn stands apart from its stable mates, featuring 80% unique newly designed body panels.
If you want to read the automaker’s 20 page press release, you can have at it here.