The 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn


The uniqueness and lavish feeling provided by the British legendary maker is now delivered by a powerful two-door convertible, named Dawn. This is the new age for Rolls-Royce. The always-impressive, luxurious supercars from this carmaker mark a feat on the industry every time. The 2016 Dawn is no exception.

This sporty, hyper-opulent convertible is exclusive for the one percent of the global population. You know pretty well what we are talking about. With a bulky, muscular budget, you could be able to buy one of these.

Let’s see some of the main features of the 2016 Dawn.

Engine and Specs

The 2016 Dawn is more than powerful. It packs the same 48-valve 6.6 L V12 from the base model, the Wraith. This engine is capable of producing 563 hp at 5250 RPM and 575 lb-ft at 1500 RPM. Curiously, this same power plant, mounted on the Wraith, produce a significant extra amount of horsepower and torque.


For the transmission, the 2016 Dawn get an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox, which allows this Rolls-Royce to go from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 4.9 seconds. For the top speed, we have an electronically limited (governed) of 155 mph (249 km/h).

These numbers seems very decent and attractive, considering the massive weight of the 2016 Dawn, around 5644 lb (2560 kg), as expected for a Rolls-Royce. For this convertible, we get a top-notch suspension and highly efficient handling, totally supported for maximum comfort on the road.

Wraith-Based Design

Why not call this new convertible like the base model? The exterior differences from the Wraith answer some of the biggest doubts. Most of the body panels are brand-new, despite the great similarity.


We can see a redesigned front fascia. Nothing too extravagant, always following the carmaker’s trademark. The front bumper, grille and headlights changed significantly in form and dimensions.

The 2016 Dawn is premiering 20 and 21-inch wheels, both available in polished or painted finish. Obviously, the main difference between the two models is the retractable top in the Dawn. In the meanwhile, the Wraith’s popular fastback design is maintained only in essence.

In the interior, is where Rolls-Royce always go further. The cockpit is the exact same on the Wraith, as expected by the specialized media. Beauty and luxury at its best. For obvious reasons, the 2016 Dawn will not have the glorious Starlight Headliner.

The British carmaker decided to deliver with the 2016 Dawn a luxurious sport-inspired convertible capable of being extremely comfortable even for 4 adult passengers. This way, it feels really spacious.

For the navigation and infotainment systems, Rolls-Royce chooses the BMW iDrive platform. In other technologies, we found highly competent ABS, the Rolls-Royce Assist, an advanced roll-over protection system, and plenty of other technologies focused on safety, comfort, and improved driving experience.


As the Cadillac CT6 recently reviewed here, on Up and Coming Cars, the Dawn features a heat detection system, really useful for getting notice about near animals or human being. The system will trigger an alert if any detected object represents a risk of a crash.

The Bottom Line

The 2016 Dawn is no competing. It is the leader of a lonely market. In the segment of luxury convertibles, this British model represents the maximum expression. It is the sportiest convertible Rolls-Royce to date.

For the price tag, do not expect anything below the US$300.000 mark.

If you really want to get an idea about possible, worthy rivals, you can check out the 2016 Bentley Continental GT Convertible, also British. This one is going to be featured by this blog soon.


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