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Rolls-Royce's Sexy New Convertible is a Stunner

The RR Dawn has plenty to boast about: superb acceleration, the best ride, and a roof that retracts noiselessly at 50kph.
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Rolls-Royce’s newest model, the Dawn, has made its way to the Philippines. A quote by Batman’s ally-turned-foe Harvey Dent might best describe this model’s vibrant color palette: “The night is darkest just before the dawn.” Some may think that a clash of colors might take away from this car’s seductive elegance, but in fact, it has the opposite effect, as Rolls-Royce has shaded the hues precisely to mirror the moment the sun breaks the night. The bright, mandarin orange leather interiors contrast beautifully with the car’s midnight sapphire blue exterior, complemented nicely by dark brown rosewood trim that lines its dashboard and doors.

The soft-top convertible is built to accommodate four passengers who want to travel in the pinnacle of style. “At Rolls-Royce, we pride ourselves as creators of fine motor cars that also serve as social spaces,” says Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce design director.

The automatic transmission car is powered by a beastly V-12 engine with 48 valves that work in perfect unison to help the Dawn reach its maximum speed of 250 kilometers per hour. It takes only 5.1 seconds for this Rolls-Royce to accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers per hour.

In contrast to the seductive roar of its powerful engine, this super-luxury vehicle’s roof withdraws as silently as the moon. At a cruising speed of 50 kilometers per hour, its roof can retract noiselessly in 20 seconds.

In contrast to the seductive roar of its powerful engine, this super-luxury vehicle’s roof withdraws as silently as the moon. At a cruising speed of 50 kilometers per hour, its roof can retract noiselessly in 20 seconds. So smooth and quiet is its roof ’s mechanism that engineers have dubbed it the “Silent Ballet.” The highly contemporary convertible is an evolution of Rolls-Royce’s design language, equally alluring with its roof up or down.

Despite all of the new designs and features to this car, innovations from classic Rolls-Royce models have also contributed to the development of the Dawn. The inspiration for the Dawn’s folding fabric roof came from the 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn cabriolet, which first came out in 1950 and only had 28 of its kind built between 1950 to 1954. The Dawn, however, is presumed to surpass that number in a matter of weeks once production is up and running in 2017. The 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine that propels this car is lifted nearly completely intact from the Rolls-Royce Ghost II, which was launched in 2009. The eight-speed satellite-aided transmission is the same one found in the 2013 Rolls-Royce Wraith, which uses the GPS to prepare for upcoming hills and curves before properly selecting the car’s gear ratios for maximum power, efficiency, and torque.

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The Dawn’s shell also shares some design cues as the Wraith, but all comparisons should end there. With the roof down and the wind in your hair, this intoxicating feeling can only come from one car. 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City; 860.8855; rolls-roycemotorcars-manila.com.ph.

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