There’s plenty of pleasure to be taken at the wheel of the Dawn, wherever your idle sunny afternoon happens to lead.

The downy softness of the car’s secondary ride combines with a gently loping primary gait, and the quietness of the former and amplitude of the latter communicate perfectly between them how hard the suspension may be working at any given time to contain the car’s mass and preserve the magnificent, floating isolation of the cabin.

Full manual control of the gearbox would bring the chassis to life a bit more in tighter corners

Around town and at low speeds, the car rides predictably well – as only cars of such weight and skilful, uncompromising tuning really can.

Our test car’s 21in alloy wheels allowed sharp edges and broken asphalt to present inside the cabin as the faintest thump, but very rarely one that could be felt.

At higher speeds, your chances of feeling what’s going on under the car’s contact patches are even more remote.

Although it’s air sprung, the suspension gives the natural, honest, predictable impression of a really good steel-coil chassis and never feels at all brittle or hollow. Just breezing along in the car, in no particular hurry, therefore becomes an experience truly to savour.

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Increase your pace and although the Dawn obliges you with plenty of speed, grip and controllability, it also begins to communicate quite early on that it’s progressing beyond its comfort zone. Body roll is the chief telltale; tackle a tight, well-sighted B-road corner with not excessive speed and you’ll get plenty.

The car’s directional responses are so gentle anyway, and the steering so slow, that you hardly notice any detrimental effect on handling as that roll builds, and resistance to understeer is remarkably good. But it’s always there, always discreetly asking you what your hurry is.

A Wraith doesn’t do that; rather, it does just enough to encourage you to enjoy and indulge yourself at the wheel.

And if you were hoping that the Dawn might be cut from a similar cloth, there’s a chance that you might feel ever so slightly underwhelmed by the convertible’s simple dynamic conservatism.  

The Dawn’s progressive and feelsome steering makes it an easier car than you might imagine to drive quickly around Millbrook’s Hill Route.

A certain amount of circumspection about corner entry speed is required to avoid triggering the dynamic stability control and slowing the car punitively, but you quickly realise exactly how judicious you need to be.

And once you know, carving a smooth line and geeing up the twin-turbo V12 at just the right time become engrossing acts.

The faster you go, the harder the car leans on its outside contact patches — and yet it manages to work both equally, maintaining a balanced attitude until well beyond the point at which your commitment levels have progressed beyond oikishness.

Stability is always excellent, the laziness of the V12’s throttle response guarding best against mid-corner oversteer.

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