Latest spy pictures of the convertible version of the Rolls-Royce Wraith reveal soft-top roof for the first time

The Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible will have a soft-top roof, as these latest - and most revealing yet - spy pictures confirm.

The Dawn, an open-top version of the Rolls-Royce Wraith coupé, will go on sale in the first quarter of 2016 following a debut later this year. The name for the new convertible was recently confirmed in Los Angeles at a global meeting of Rolls-Royce's 130-strong dealer network.

Previous test mules had hard-top covers over the soft-top roof, but now for the first time the soft-top, which Dawn shares with the larger Phantom Drophead Coupé, can be seen.

The Dawn name is one from Rolls' past, used first in 1949 before appearing on 28 drop-top Rolls models up to 1954. Among those was the Silver Dawn, the first factory-built Rolls-Royce, and the badge was also used on coachbuilt drop-top Rolls models.

On the new name, Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Müller-Ötvös said: “Dawn is a beautiful new open-top motor car with a name that suggests the fresh opportunities that every new day holds – an awakening, an opening up of one’s senses and a burst of sunshine. It will be the most social of super-luxury motor cars for those beautiful people who wish to bathe in the sunlight of the world’s social hotspots.”

The open-top baby Rolls shares a wheelbase with the Wraith on which it is based and the same two-door layout. Despite the heavy disguise of the test mule, it is possible to make out Ghost styling cues, including the front-end design and gently sloping rear deck.

The mechanical make-up is expected to be almost identical to that of the Wraith, with the two cars set to share the same 624bhp, twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 engine. The new open-top model is likely to offer a less focused drive than the Wraith, which is billed as the most dynamic Rolls-Royce model available. 

The new model had provisionally been known as Wraith Drophead Coupé, which would have seen it follow the naming convention of the larger Phantom family. However, Rolls instead chose to give the model its own name. 'Corniche' was another possible option that had been under consideration.

Prices are set to start at around £250,000. 

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9 June 2015
Dawn!!!,that's a Girl's name that is!,almost Chinese,like called it Magic Wind,still, it'll sell,no matter what it's name is!

Peter Cavellini.

9 June 2015
Peter Cavellini wrote:
Dawn!!!,that's a Girl's name that is!,almost Chinese,like called it Magic Wind,still, it'll sell,no matter what it's name is!
Exactly my sentiments. I'm waiting for the Rolls Royce Sharon, (and a lottery win).

9 June 2015
Peter Cavellini wrote:
Dawn!!!,that's a Girl's name that is!,almost Chinese,like called it Magic Wind,still, it'll sell,no matter what it's name is!
Exactly my sentiments. I'm waiting for the Rolls Royce Sharon, (and a lottery win).

9 June 2015
Happily it looks nothing like the artist's impression above, which is no more than a reproduction of the Phantom drophead and shares the latter's rather clumsy windscreen and front quarter-light detail. The real car has a simpler (if wholly conventional) window arrangement. As to the name, I agree that it's a bit naff. Shame they didn't give it the full "Silver Dawn" handle, which would have a stronger historical resonance and would avoid confusion with the female name, or called it "Corniche", which would be much more appropriate.

 

9 June 2015
I don't like the look of any of these new Rolls-Royces and won't be buying one so what the label on the back says is neither here nor there.

9 June 2015
or does it look like a bloated A5 cabriolet?

9 June 2015
...will call it Dawn (without 'the') so it will sound even more female. The name is simply too short. It won't of course appear on the bootlid or anywhere else on the car.

9 June 2015
Does this mean the Wraith's getting renamed the Buffy?

10 June 2015
Not quite sure what was wrong simply calling it Wraith Drophead Coupe. Still, it probably won't be subjected to being chavved or blinged up unlike its rival from Bentley.....

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