The Dawn of the Rolls Royce Convertible

rolls-dawn-spy-2015-001_2 (1)If you’ve always thought the only flaw in the Rolls Royce Wraith is the lack of an ability to feel the breeze on your face as you drive along, you’re in luck. Rolls Royce have just been snapped testing their Rolls Royce Dawn, an open-top version of the Rolls-Royce Wraith coupé.

Rolls Royce have previously been able to conceal the fact that the Dawn is convertible by equipping previous test cars with hard-top covers. Now, however, we can see the soft-top in all its glory, revealing it as a similar style to that on the Phantom Drophead Coupé.

rolls-dawn-spy-2015-003_2The Dawn also takes styling cues from another model, the Ghost, including its front end design. Despite this, however, it shares a wheelbase with the Wraith and will also share its 624bhp, twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 engine, as well as the two-door layout.

The vehicle, due to debut later this year and go on sale in early 2016, was originally going to be called the Wraith Drophead Coupé. Instead of following the Phantom naming convention, however, the marque has chosen to grace the car with its own name, which carries with it several connotations for Rolls Royce aficionados. ‘Dawn’ was first used by the marque in 1949, appearing on 28 drop-top models up until 1954. One of the most famous is perhaps the Silver Dawn, which was the first factory-built Rolls-Royce.

rolls-dawn-spy-2015-006_2On 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.”

With a promise like that, this is certainly a car we’ll be watching out for! In the meantime, however, we have a range of Rolls Royce cars waiting for you in our Experience Centre – call us today to discuss chauffeur driven hire.

Pictures from Autocar.