2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Review

Introduction

A luxury convertible as only Rolls-Royce could make, the Dawn is a four-seat drop-top that’s opulent without being gauche, large without being domineering and as effortless to drive as any Rolls-Royce should be. It has not just the largest convertible roof in the world, but also the quietest, and it's as silent inside as the Wraith coupe, which it’s closely related to. Power comes from a 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 petrol engine, which shifts this glorious hand-finished mass of luxury around with utter impunity. The Dawn is a majestic car, which might seem ludicrously expensive to ordinary people, but for its target audience (multimillionaires and billionaires) it's no more to buy the Dawn than it is to fill the fuel tanks in a super yacht. Not that they’ll ever have to make that decision, as they’d have both. And really, after sitting in one, you’ll not question why. Fabulous.        

 

Body Style: Luxury Convertible      Seats: 4                           MRP from £264,000

  

Did you know? The Dawn has the world’s quietest soft top, and it as hushed inside as its Wraith coupe relation.  

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (7.85/10)

Without millions in the bank, and more pouring in all the time, spending over quarter of a million pounds on a big, four-seat convertible might seem utterly preposterous. To its target audience it’s not, and, frankly, the price is inconsequential when your property portfolio runs to tens of millions, your boat costs much the same and you’ve a regularly-used helipad at your house. More frivolous than its saloon relations, it’s difficult to rationalise the Dawn until you truly experience it - only then does it begin to make sense. Every drive is an occasion full of glamour. There genuinely is nothing else in the world like it, and given the level of personalisation you can add to it each one will be as individual as the person who buys it.   

Design & Exterior

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Interior & Comfort

★★★★★★★★★★ (10/10)

Technology & Connectivity

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Performance & Handling

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Safety Features

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Specs & Trims

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Running Costs & Fuel Economy

★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ (5/10)

Pricing

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

 

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn