True to Rolls-Royce tradition, Dawn features a fabric roof. But it also had to deliver a hushed driving experience. So the roof is exceptionally well insulated, making it the quietest convertible car in the world. It can also be operated at up to 30mph, raising or lowering in 22 seconds in a ‘silent ballet’ of precisely timed movements.
Technology is ever-present but discreet; the Spirit of Ecstasy rotary controller controls media and navigation; a one-touch call button on the steering wheel allows access to voice control. Satellite aided 8-speed transmission, new radar and camera software and automatic cruise control all offer discreet but welcome driver assistance when called upon.
The body is exceptionally rigid for a convertible four-seater, yet Rolls-Royce recognises that owners will want a supple, smooth and comfortable ride rather than Nürburgring lap records. Accordingly the Dawn has a unique specification of air springs and active anti-roll bars. The Dawn is powered by the Rolls-Royce 6.6-litre V12, which in this guise produces 563bhp and 780Nm at 1,500rpm. That’s a slightly lower power output than the Wraith; even so, 0-62mph can be reached in a mere 4.9 seconds. But when you’re at the wheel of the Rolls-Royce Dawn, why rush?