By Lubna Hamdan
An effortless, carefree and ultimately ‘young’ ride
We’ve been talking about Rolls-Royce pushing to become a younger brand after years of being predominantly known as an old rich man’s chauffeur-driven car. Thanks to a new design approach and two-door models, the brand has lowered its average consumer age from 56 to 45.
But the Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible? It’s a whole other level. Imagine an AED1.5m ($408,396) magic carpet ride that blocks out noise. That’s pretty how we would describe it. It doesn’t run on the roads, it glides – literally – thanks to special tyres that accompany every Rolls-Royce that leaves Goodwood, England. But the effect is felt much more in the Dawn convertible than in any of the other models. This is partly thanks to its lighter and smaller size when compared to models such as Wraith.
It’s also less powerful than its predecessor, which makes it a perfect match for women who are more interested in having a smooth drive than a speedy one. Still, the luxury drophead runs on a twin turbo 6.6-litre V12 powertrain with an output of 563bhp. Its driving is also enhanced by an accelerator that delivers 30 percent increased response at medium throttle. What does this result in? The smoothest feeling of rush, speed and power – like elegance on a sugar high. After all, its top speed is a thrilling 250km/h.
But let’s forget about classic Rolls-Royce characteristics. What’s really impressive about the Dawn convertible is its ultra-silent (and fast) transmission. Special engineering has been paid to the creation of its roof, which operates in almost complete silence in just 20 seconds at a cruising speed of up to 50km/h. Rolls-Royce claims the Dawn is the quietest open top car ever made. Its tailored ‘French Seam’ roof reportedly prevents air flow over to create any noticeable wind noise. The car’s bespoke audio system is also designed to stop any noise disruptions that may occur while the roof is down. To be fair to the brand, this was clear in the sound quality as we drove down the Palm Jumeirah listening to the latest radio tunes.
In terms of design, the Dawn appears young and attractive, boasting signature Rolls-Royce elongated lines and profiles. And unlike the case with most convertibles, space in the rear cabin remains spacious and comfortable.
Overall, the Dawn does not take itself as seriously as the Wraith, which reflects in its easy-going steering and lighter feel. Its driving is effortless, its silence relaxing and its feel carefree.
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