rolls royce releases the dawn: a luxury drophead coupé fit for four
rolls royce releases the dawn: a luxury drophead coupé fit for four
sep 08, 2015

rolls royce releases the dawn: a luxury drophead coupé fit for four

rolls royce releases the dawn: a luxury drophead coupé fit for four
all images courtesy of rolls royce






striking and assertive, rolls royce is the ultimate choice when driving into into town to make a statement. their most recent convertible, the ‘dawn’ continues the tradition with charm and abundance that doesn’t match other luxury vehicles on the road, with it’s no compromise habit that they are recognized for in goodwood, england. much like the 1952 ‘silver dawn’ drophead before it, the new ‘dawn’ stands apart, featuring 80% unique body panels. specific engineering and manufacturing attention has been paid to the creation of the roof. it delivers the silence of a ‘wraith’ when up and operates in almost complete silence in just over 20 seconds at a cruising speed of up to 50 km/h. 





designers at rolls royce focused on a 2+2 setup that doesn’t jeopardize on space at the rear, with plenty of leg room making it very comfortable and practical. it embodies dynamic and social qualities that will attract a broader, younger and more socially aware audience around the world, with charming and alluring qualities that bring a new level of finesse, sophistication and refinement in a drophead coupé. 

rolls-royce-dawn-convertible-designboom-03contemporary interpretation of what a super-luxury four-seater convertible motor car 




the ‘dawn’s’ powerful and striking front end gives it a sensuous yet edgy, muscline look whilst the bold sweeping shoulder line becomes more as it flows over the swell of rear wheels accommodating a wider track. with its high shoulder line, massive c-pillar and horizontally narrow side window, when viewed from side on and roof up, the car looks akin to a low slung american hot rod. the deck itself is a work of modern craftsmanship. clothed in open pore panelling that traces the horse shoe shape of the rear cabin, it demonstrates the advances that the craftspeople have made in wood technology and techniques. 

rolls-royce-dawn-convertible-designboom-04the grille design helps accelerate the tension of the car towards the rear shoulders




‘dawn is a rolls-royce that feels completely at home on the route napoleon. it is a contemporary homage to a life on the côte d’azur. the car is a contemporary take on the ‘casino’ lifestyle. perhaps seen as cavalier in character it is intended to attract people who relish both freedom and sophistication,” describes giles taylor, director of design at rolls royce. ‘at rolls-royce motor cars we design without compromise, and this uncompromising approach brings new challenges with each new motor car. in the case of the new rolls-royce dawn, we have designed it from the road up to deliver a striking, seductive encounter.’

rolls-royce-dawn-convertible-designboom-05the 2+2 setup


rolls-royce-dawn-convertible-designboom-06specific engineering and manufacturing attention has been paid to the creation of the ‘dawn’s’ roof


rolls-royce-dawn-convertible-designboom-07 80% of the exterior body panels of the ‘dawn’ are newly designed


rolls-royce-dawn-convertible-designboom-08the roof operates in almost complete silence and folds in just over 20 seconds


rolls-royce-dawn-convertible-designboom-09the ‘spirit of ecstasy’ bonnet figure


rolls-royce-dawn-convertible-designboom-10the coach doors add significantly to the overall strength and stiffness of the body


rolls-royce-dawn-convertible-designboom-11the four separate bucket seats


rolls-royce-dawn-convertible-designboom-12the polished metal chaplets around the dials


rolls-royce-dawn-convertible-designboom-13the wood on the deck, chosen by the customer to suit their individual taste


rolls-royce-dawn-convertible-designboom-14foot step custom plates


rolls-royce-dawn-convertible-designboom-15the timepiece fused into the dash 


rolls-royce-dawn-convertible-designboom-16the rear center console 


  • The lead picture seemed out of scale. The people in the car
    look like small kids. Maybe this RR is really big? A truck?

  • Other than my gated community or Saudi, I don’t think I would want to be seen in this.


  • Finally a Rolls I would drive! Now; if I could just get obtain the capital.


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