/> ED I T O R S C H O I C E IN N O V A T IO N A W A R D
X

Rolls-Royce Dawn is exquisitely topless (pictures)

Rolls-Royce's new Dawn is a stunning four-seat convertible for the world's most stylish One Percenters.

skype-headshot
Chris Paukert
16-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
1 of 29 Rolls-Royce

The Dawn's top can go up and down in 22 seconds at speeds up to 32 mph.

32-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
2 of 29 Rolls-Royce

The Dawn convertible looks similar to its fixed-head Wraith cousin, but in fact has 80 percent different bodywork.

35-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
3 of 29 Rolls-Royce

The Dawn's high-waisted bodysides lend it a solid, stately appearance.

28-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
4 of 29 Rolls-Royce

The Dawn is expected to be priced from the low-$300,000 range, but a typically accoutered example is likely to go out of the factory gates carrying a price tag of around $400,000.

01-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
5 of 29 Rolls-Royce

The Dawn's dashboard is an imposing mass of leather, wood and metal.

31-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
6 of 29 Rolls-Royce

Rolls says the sheet metal contours emanating from its famed Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament are modeled after a jet's vapor trails.

13-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
7 of 29 Rolls-Royce

This is the view that the paparazzi's drones will see when you lay into the Dawn's 6.6-liter V-12 engine.

02-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
8 of 29 Rolls-Royce

The Dawn's stunning veneer-covered hard tonneau is reminiscent of an old wooden speedboat.

15-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
9 of 29 Rolls-Royce

Soft tops are easier to design packaging for than folding hard tops, which helps preserve body proportions and space for passengers and luggage alike.

33-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
10 of 29 Rolls-Royce

The Dawn will run to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

36-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
11 of 29 Rolls-Royce

20-inch, 10-spoke wheels add gravitas to the Dawn's already imposing presence.

29-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
12 of 29 Rolls-Royce

Roof on, the Dawn looks to have some imposing rear blind spots thanks to the thick-pillared top.

25-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
13 of 29 Rolls-Royce

The Dawn's hood seems to be a mile long -- fitting for such a stately motorcar.

26-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
14 of 29 Rolls-Royce

The Dawn's nose features LED eagle-head daytime running lamps.

27-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
15 of 29 Rolls-Royce

The Dawn's LED headlamps feature technology that literally blocks the light from oncoming traffic to avoid dazzling other motorists. Unfortunately, it's unlikely the tech will be available in the US due to legislative issues.

19-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
16 of 29 Rolls-Royce

The Dawn's 10.25-inch infotainment screen can be discreetly hidden beneath a massive wood veneer when not in use.

23-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
17 of 29 Rolls-Royce

Only ultra-luxury cars like the Dawn could pull off bold leather dyes like this stunning Mandarin orange and avoid looking tawdry.

11-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
18 of 29 Rolls-Royce

Note the generous legroom behind the front seats.

06-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
19 of 29 Rolls-Royce

Rolls officials say a pair of six-footers will have no trouble getting comfortable in the Dawn's rear seats, something that can't be said for its rivals.

12-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
20 of 29 Rolls-Royce

There's more wood veneer outside of the passenger compartment when the top is down than inside the cabins of most luxury cars.

03-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
21 of 29 Rolls-Royce

If you're not fond of the wood variety or the on-the-bias orientation of this Dawn's veneer, Rolls will undoubtedly be happy to tailor its tree fillets to your whims.

00-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
22 of 29 Rolls-Royce

Even a sophisticated digital clock display would be too gauche for a Rolls-Royce motorcar.

05-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
23 of 29 Rolls-Royce

The Dawn's infotainment system's Spirit of Ecstasy controller will be very familiar to BMW owners.

07-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
24 of 29 Rolls-Royce

The Dawn features pop-up pyrotechnic hoops in the unlikely event of a rollover accident.

08-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
25 of 29 Rolls-Royce

This piece of wood trim is evocatively dubbed the "waterfall."

17-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
26 of 29 Rolls-Royce

Rear-seat passengers get their own full-length center console with individual climate control.

24-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
27 of 29 Rolls-Royce

Like the Wraith coupe, the Dawn employs unique rear-hinged doors for dramatic entrances.

34-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
28 of 29 Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce will dye, stitch and pipe the Dawn's seat leather according to the buyer's preferences.

09-rolls-royce-dawn-small.jpg
29 of 29 Rolls-Royce

Stainless-steel sill plates underscore the Dawn's place of origin and hand-built nature.

More Galleries

2022's best TV shows you can't miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and more

More Galleries

2022's best TV shows you can't miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and more

59 Photos
Nintendo Switch: The best games to play right now

More Galleries

Nintendo Switch: The best games to play right now

41 Photos
Subaru Solterra STI feels like a natural extension

More Galleries

Subaru Solterra STI feels like a natural extension

5 Photos
2022 Porsche Cayenne adds snazzy Platinum Edition

More Galleries

2022 Porsche Cayenne adds snazzy Platinum Edition

9 Photos
Movies coming in 2022 from Marvel, Netflix, DC and more

More Galleries

Movies coming in 2022 from Marvel, Netflix, DC and more

59 Photos
2022 Polestar 2 is clean and techy

More Galleries

2022 Polestar 2 is clean and techy

28 Photos
The 51 best VR games

More Galleries

The 51 best VR games

53 Photos