Convertible version of the Rolls-Royce Wraith will be called Dawn

The open-top version of the Rolls-Royce Wraith coupé will be called Dawn.

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

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, and the badge was also used on coachbuilt drop-top Rolls.

Confirming the new name to dealers, 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.”

Test mules for the Dawn were most recently spotted cold-weather testing in the Arctic earlier this year. 

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, it is possible to make out Ghost styling cues, including the front-end design and gently sloping rear deck.

The test mule has a hard-top cover, but this is covering a soft-top that will appear on the production car, something that also appears on the Phantom Drophead Coupé.

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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18 March 2015
...the test mule has a hard top. If so it is the wrinkliest hard top I have ever seen and those edges across the top of the doors look more like a stitched edge with a bit of not to well applied wrap. One of us I think needs new glasses (and I got mine last week).

18 March 2015
That's actually a person nestling in the back, under the camo. The car comes with a real live flunky who operates the roof, etc and he lives in the boot. Which itself is carpeted, with a fridge and wi-fi etc. It's a bit like a wheeled yacht.

13 May 2015
Norma Smellons wrote:
That's actually a person nestling in the back, under the camo. The car comes with a real live flunky who operates the roof, etc and he lives in the boot. Which itself is carpeted, with a fridge and wi-fi etc. It's a bit like a wheeled yacht.
Oh you're such a card! That's UPROARIOUS! How we all laughed.


12 May 2015
If the artist's impression is anything to go by, this is going to be a great looking car - elegant, simple and supremely confident. So much better than contemporary Bentleys with isolated design features that relate to nothing else - pointless & awkward rising waist & window lines, little add-on headlights, over-the-top interior with competing shapes, textures etc. The result is a mess of incoherent details. I wish BMW would call upon its RR design team to sort out the styling of BMWs, and I wish VW would send its design team to tighten up its Bentley designs.

13 May 2015
abkq wrote:
If the artist's impression is anything to go by, this is going to be a great looking car - elegant, simple and supremely confident. So much better than contemporary Bentleys with isolated design features that relate to nothing else - pointless & awkward rising waist & window lines, little add-on headlights, over-the-top interior with competing shapes, textures etc. The result is a mess of incoherent details. I wish BMW would call upon its RR design team to sort out the styling of BMWs, and I wish VW would send its design team to tighten up its Bentley designs.
If the artist's impression is anything to go by, it'll look exactly like a 4/5ths scale model of the Phantom Drophead! I still agree with abkq that it will still be rather better looking than current Bentley models.

 

12 May 2015
Perfect for being driven down the King's Road, so you can wave at the poor people in their Bentleys.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

13 May 2015
What a stupid name. Silver Dawn evokes feelings of stillness, majesty and grandeur. Dawn reminds me of a silly red head who cried in class because everyone laughed at her when she claimed she was a descendent of King Canute.

13 May 2015
Of course this is of great concern to me, but what is the difference between this and the Phantom DHC? The Dawn appears smaller, but with a much more powerful engine, and yet cheaper!

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