2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn

MSRP $346,300

Ranked #1 in Convertible

8.6

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2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2021

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The desirability of Roll Royce as a brand is unmatchable by any other automobile brand on the planet. Rolls Royce is known for its impeccable handmade craftsmanship and is a unit to measure luxury in the automotive industry. You can not just get into a showroom to buy a Rolls Royce, as it is the only car brand that you need to have some credibility to own. The 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn convertible remains a carryover model of the previous year’s model. 

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Pros

Attractive exterior looks

Premium and luxurious interiors

Tons of customization options

Cons

Costlier than other rivals

Lacks on technology

What's New?

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$346300

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

402 cu.in.

horsepower

563 hp @ 5250 rpm

torque

605 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

dimensions

wheelbase

122.5 in.

length

208.5 in.

width

76.7 in.

height

59.1 in.

curb weight

5644 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

100 cu ft.

cargo volume

11.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

904 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

12/15/18 mpg

highway range

390.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ unlimited mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ unlimited mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$346,300 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn in Arctic White color
Arctic White

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.8

Fuel Economy

6.7

Interior

9.9

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.6

Overall Rating


Rolls Royce says that the 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn convertible is the sexiest Rolls Royce ever made, and no one doubts their words. The Rolls Royce Dawn looks astonishing from the outside and is one of the quietest convertibles that you can buy today. The 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn starts at an MSRP of $356,500 and competes against the likes of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG S65 Convertible, 2021 Bentley Continental GT Convertible, and the 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible.

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible front view
2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible rear view

8.8/10
Engine and Performance

6.7/10
Fuel Economy

9.9/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Features

The 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn convertible comes in a single fully-loaded trim. There is not a lot of tech inside the cabin, and Rolls Royce never targets the tech-savvy audience. Rolls Royce makes cars that are timeless, and it is more like a piece of art from inside. The standard features with the Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible include 20-inch alloy wheels, a power tilt/telescopic steering column, adaptive air suspension, adaptive xenon headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry/ignition, a power liftgate, a 10.3-inch center display screen, and integrated navigation system.

Trim

Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible

MSRP

$356,500

Key Features

20-inch alloy wheels

 

Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column

 

Adaptive air suspension

 

Adaptive xenon headlights

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Keyless entry and ignition

 

Power liftgate

 

10.3-inch center display screen

 

Integrated Navigation System

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The 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn comes in a single trim level, and it offers pretty much everything that you need. The customization options for the Rolls Royce Dawn are endless, and you can customize it the way you want. Every single bit in the interior and exterior can be customized to suit your personality. If you are planning to buy a Rolls Royce Dawn, you can spend some time on the customization yourself as it is going to be an investment of the lifetime. 

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Engine and Performance

8.8/10

There are no mechanical changes in the 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn, and it is powered by the same engine as the 2020 model year. The Rolls Royce Dawn is powered by a powerful 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine. The engine produces a whopping 563 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque. The peak torque is available at just 1,500 rpm, which makes the drivability of the engine even better. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission which does a great job of sending the power to the rear wheels in a very smooth manner. 

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible

The Dawn convertible takes 4.9 seconds to reach from 0 to 60 miles per hour, which is not big of a surprise for such a powerful V12 engine. The Rolls Royce is more inclined towards luxury than performance. The power delivery feels smooth throughout the rev band. It takes 13.1 seconds for the Rolls Royce Dawn to complete the quarter-mile run. The convertible has a top speed of 155 mph, further iterating the fact that it is more inclined towards luxury than performance.

Models

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible

2021 Mercedes-AMG S65 Convertible

2021 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

2021 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible

MSRP

$356,500

$235,600

$240,800

$220,900

Engine

6.6 liter twin-turbo V12

6.0 liter twin-turbo V12

6.0 liter twin-turbo W12

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic transmission

7-speed automatic transmission

8-speed automatic transmission

8-speed automatic transmission

Power (hp @ rpm)

563 @ 5250

621 @ 4800

542 @ 5750

503 @ 6000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

605 @ 1500

738 @ 2300

568 @ 2000

513 @ 2000

0-60 MPH (seconds)

4.9

3.9

4

3.6

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

13.1

12

11.8

11.7

Top-Speed (MPH)

155

186

207

208

The 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn convertible is not one of the fastest convertibles in the segment, instead, it is the slowest car in the competition in the 0 to 60 and quarter-mile run. Rolls Royce doesn’t make sports cars, and they do not target making the fastest car in the segment. The Dawn follows the same philosophy and offers impeccable luxury. The engine feels smooth and quiet. The 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible is the fastest car in the competition. 

How well does the 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn convertible handle?

The Rolls Royce Dawn convertible handles like every other Rolls Royce in the market. The steering feels very accurate, and it is very light to use. It is not as engaging as a sports car and is rather a luxury car that doesn’t require much of an effort to drive. You will never get tired of driving the Dawn, no matter how long the drive is. The feedback from the steering is enough to keep you confident, and changing the lanes is a very easy task.

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible handling

You do not feel the size of the car while driving, and it feels like a small car from beyond the wheel. The adaptive air suspension does a great job of soaking all the road undulations like they never existed there. The Dawn glides over the road like you are riding on a magic carpet, and no matter what comes under the wheels, it doesn’t spoil your mood sitting in the car. 

How good is the braking performance of the 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn convertible?

The 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn convertible has thought of every aspect to give you a comfortable experience while driving the car. The Dawn is a very large vehicle, and it becomes very crucial to have superior braking hardware to stop the beast. The Rolls Royce Dawn uses 14.7-inch brake rotors in front and 14.6-inch brake rotors in the rear wheels. The brakes are good enough to stop the Dawn convertible from 60 to 0 mph in just 109 feet. The braking performance is good enough as the Rolls Royce Dawn convertible weighs 5,644 pounds.

Models

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible

2021 Mercedes-AMG S65 Convertible

2021 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

2021 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

14.7

16.5

15.4

15.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

14.6

15

14.2

14.3

Curb Weight (lbs)

5644

4947

4888

3880

60-0 (feet)

109

105

108

105

The 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible is the lightest in the competition, and it takes 105 feet to stop the car from 60 to 0 mph. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG S65 Convertible is more than 1,000 pounds heavier than the DB11 Volante Convertible, but the braking distance remains identical for both. The 2021 Bentley Continental GT Convertible takes 108 feet to stop from 60 mph, while the Dawn Convertible being the heaviest in the competition takes 109 feet for the same. 

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Fuel Economy

6.7/10

The owners of a Rolls Royce will not even care much about the fuel economy of their car. Those who can afford to buy any of the Rolls Royce models do not think much about the mpg figures of the model. Still, it is our job to present you with the mpg figures. The 2021 Rolls Royce Convertible manages to deliver 12 mpg in the city, 18 mpg on the highway, and 14 mpg of combined fuel economy. The fuel economy figures are not very impressive as the competition offers better efficiency, but they are not that bad considering the powerful V12 engine. The Dawn Convertible comes with a 21.7-gallon fuel tank which allows it to deliver a decent highway range of 390 miles.

Models

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible

2021 Mercedes-AMG S65 Convertible

2021 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

2021 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible

MPG (City)

12

19

12

18

MPG (Highway)

18

28

20

24

MPG (Combined)

14

22

14

20

Fuel tank capacity

21.7

24.3

24

20.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

260.4/390.6/303.8

315/534/534

288/480/336

369.0/492.0/410

The 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible and the 2021 Bentley Continental GT Convertible are the least fuel-efficient options. Both convertibles have very identical mpg figures, but the Bentley offers a bigger fuel tank compared to the Rolls Royce. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG S65 Convertible is the most fuel-efficient in the competition and also comes with the largest fuel tank of 24.3 gallons.

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Interior

9.9/10

The interior of any Rolls Royce Model is the parameter to judge the luxury and craftsmanship of the automotive industry. The Dawn Convertible is no exception and offers one of the most pleasing interiors of any car in the market. Everything in the interior is handmade by some of the most experienced craftsmen. You can customize every single thing in the interior of the car. Everything you touch feels premium, and the comfort that it offers is very hard to match for any other competitor. 

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible seats

The seats are very comfortable and offer excellent support to the passengers. You can equip the car with the artwork of your favorite artists. The space is not that big of a concern compared to some of the other rivals in the segment. The endless customization options mean you can decide the look of the interior based on your personal preference.

Models

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible

2021 Mercedes-AMG S65 Convertible

2021 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

2021 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.4/59.0/41.5

42.1/59.7/41.4

40.1/NA/41.9

N/A

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.0/54.7/36.9

39.2/59.1/43.0

33.7/NA/41.9

N/A

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

9.2

10.4

8.3

9.5

The space in the front row of the 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible is on par with the rivals in the competition. However, the competition offers better space in the rear seats. The trunk space is also not a strong point of any of the convertibles in the competition here, and that doesn’t even concern the buyers much. All the convertibles can accommodate a maximum of 4 passengers in the cabin. Standout interior features include:

  • 8-Way Power Driver and Passenger Seats
  • Bucket Front Facing Heated Rear Seat
  • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Cruise Control

What’s there to keep you entertained in the 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible?

Rolls Royce does not believe in using a lot of tech inside their cabin as the tech gets old with time, and Rolls Royce believes in making a timeless interior that never gets old. However, things have changed now as BMW has made sure to provide the top-notch technology in the Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible. The Rolls Royce Dawn gets features similar to the BMW’s iDrive features. The infotainment system on the Dawn Convertible is a very responsive unit and is one of the finest infotainment units in the automotive industry.

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible infotainment

The audio is managed via an 18-speaker audio system which provides a very premium music experience. The standout infotainment features include:

  • 10.3-inch center display screen
  • 18-speakers audio system
  • Satellite radio and HD radio
  • Voice Activation
  • Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • Integrated Navigation System

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Exterior

9.0/10

The Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible does not follow the conventional Rolls Royce design language, but not in a bad way. Rolls Royce themselves call the Dawn Convertible the sexiest Rolls Royce ever made, and you will also agree with them after looking at the car. The Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible is a true style statement, and it looks pleasing to the eyes no matter from which angle you look at it. 

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible 

The front grille and the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy on the bonnet make it easy to recognize as a Rolls Royce. The headlights look very sleek and carry the Rolls Royce DNA. The customization options remain endless for the exterior styling also. You can customize every bit of the Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible to suit your personality. The convertible weighs 5,644 lbs, which is around 2,000 lbs more than the DB11 Volante in the competition.

Models

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible

2021 Mercedes-AMG S65 Convertible

2021 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

2021 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible

Curb Weight (lb)

5644

4553

5315

3,880

Length (inches)

208.5

206.9

190.9

186.6

Width (inches)

76.7

75

76.9

76.4

Height (inches)

59.1

58.8

55.1

51.2

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.5

5

5.6

N/A 

Wheelbase (inches)

122.5

124.6

112.2

110.4

The 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible is the longest option in the competition and also one of the widest convertibles after the 2021 Bentley Continental GT Convertible. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG S65 Convertible has the longest wheelbase in the competition, followed by the 2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible. The Dawn Convertible has also the best-in-class ground clearance. Standout exterior features include:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Body-colored front and rear bumper
  • Chrome grille
  • Power liftgate
  • LED Brakelights

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Safety

8.0/10

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have not crash-tested the 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible. It is very clear that testing such an expensive car is not a great idea. However, Rolls Royce has taken care of all your safety concerns very well. The Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible does not equip many driver assistance features, but it comes with plenty of safety tech. The standard safety features include electronic stability control, roll stability control, front and rear parking sensors, low tire pressure warning, back-up camera, and front camera. The standout safety features include:

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Roll Stability Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Rolls-Royce Assist Emergency Sos
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Back-Up Camera

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Competition

2021 Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible vs. 2021 Mercedes-AMG S65 Convertible

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG S65 Convertible offers some serious performance with excellent driving dynamics. The interiors of the car are also very premium, and it offers great comfort and luxury to the passengers. The one thing that makes it a better choice is that it offers all this at a way lower price, which makes it a great option. Still, it can not match the desirability of a Rolls Royce.

2021 Mercedes-AMG S65 Convertible

2021 Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible vs. 2021 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

The 2021 Bentley Continental GT Convertible is a very close rival to the 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible. Bentley offers great performance, and it also does not miss out on the luxury front. The handling and driving dynamics are great too. Bentley Continental GT Convertible is a little more expensive than the Mercedes-AMG S65 Convertible, but it is more than $100,000 cheaper than the Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible, which makes it a great choice for the price.

2021 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

2021 Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible vs. 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible

The 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible is the cheapest convertible in the competition. It offers one of the class-leading performance figures. The British brand offers a good level of luxury too, but it fails to keep up with the other British rival Rolls Royce in terms of overall luxury and comfort. The Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible remains a good choice for those who love to drive, but for everything else, the Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible comes out as a better choice.

2021 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible

 

2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn Final Verdict

The 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible may be the last model of the Dawn Convertible in the United States as Rolls Royce is planning to discontinue the Dawn Convertible in North America. The Dawn Convertible stands strong on the claims of Rolls Royce as the sexiest Rolls Royce ever made. It offers everything that you need from your car and so much more. The customization options are endless which makes it even more special. If you can afford to buy it and you are looking for something in a similar range, then you will not regret investing in the Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible.