2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn

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Detailed Review

What can we say about the Rolls-Royce Dawn? It is beautiful, it is powerful, it is expensive, it is opulent, it is majestic, it is intelligent, it defines luxury. No single adjective can describe the Rolls Royce Dawn. The extraordinary craftsmanship of the Goodwood based automaker makes the Dawn not just an engineering marvel but also a timeless piece of art. You can literally gaze at it all day long and appreciate the lines and curves and the quirks and features and beauty of this car. In this review, we'll try to be as unbiased as possible and bring all the positives and negatives of this car but you've got to agree on one fact that there's nothing that beats the charm of a Rolls Royce.

It needs a fortune to buy a Rolls Royce and the Dawn can be yours at $3,41,125. This is effectively a bespoke vehicle and prices will climb up as you add different packages, features, and equipment to this car. The Dawn is powered by a 6.6-liter engine that churns out 563 horsepower and delivers 605 lb.-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and power is sent to all the four wheels.


The Rolls Royce Phantom is the largest car in the RR line up. The Phantom is followed by the Ghost and the Ghost is followed by the Wraith. The Wraith is followed by the Dawn which as Rolls Royce claims isn't a Wraith convertible and according to the British automaker the Dawn is an entirely new territory. However, the Dawn shares its platform with the Wraith and carries some of its traits although 80% of its body panels are exclusively designed for it. The Dawn moreover offers a more spirited driving experience when compared to the other Roll Royce and will spoil your nicely combed hair as you drive it around on lonely, windy and twisty country roads.

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Features

Offered in only one single trim level, the Rolls Royce Dawn has a lot to offer yet. Some of the few features on the Dawn include adaptive LED headlights, radar cruise control, trademark soft touch suicide doors, GPS assisted transmission system, 4 zone automatic climate control and the list goes on and on and on.

Trim

Base

MSRP

$341,125

Key

Features

  • Adaptive LED headlights light up the way, and radar cruise control aims to take the edge off of bumper-to-bumper seaside traffic.
  • When you get out on the open road, a clever GPS-based system can fine-tune the engine and transmission for ultimate smoothness by knowing the grade and radius of the road ahead.
  • Finally, the doors hinge from the back, and as is typical with Rolls-Royce, an umbrella is stored in the forward doorjamb in its own vented compartment.

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Engine

"The 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn can feel like an exquisite dichotomy. Here is a massive convertible that weighs well over 5,000 pounds, yet it somehow wafts from 0 to 60 mph in a tick over four seconds. Its ride is Rolls-Royce serene, yet it feels controlled over a variety of road surfaces." - KBB

Engine and Transmission

The Rolls Royce Dawn is propelled by a 6.6 L twin-turbo V12 engine. The power unit makes 563 horses and delivers 605 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission which isn't any ordinary gearbox. The gearbox is satellite assisted and fine tunes itself based on the road conditions of your route of travel so that you can get a smooth and comfortable. That's yet another clever piece of technology by Rolls Royce. The Dawn uses an all-wheel-drive system.

Models

Rolls Royce Dawn convertible

Bentley continental GT

Aston martin Vanquish Volante convertible

MSRP

$341,125

$236,100

$305,650

Engine

6.6L Twin-Turbo V12

Twin-Turbocharged 6.0L W12

6.0L V12 48-Valve

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

563 hp @ 5250 rpm

582 hp @ 6100 rpm

568 hp @ 6650 rpm

Torque

605 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

531 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm

465 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm

The Dawn gets the largest engine amongst its rivals and yet it delivers less power than the competition. Both the Bentley Continental GT and the Aston Martin Vanquish use a 6L engine but the former makes 582 horses while the latter makes 568 horses. On the flip side though, the Rolls Royce has the best torque figures in the category.

Acceleration

The Rolls Royce Dawn isn't a track focused car and rarely any owner of a Rolls Royce would take on the race track. However, one can take it to the track and have a great day out there because the Rolls Royce Dawn does have some decent acceleration numbers. The Dawn can go flat out from rest to 60 MPH in about 4.3 seconds. The Royce can also cover the quarter-mile distance in around 12.8 seconds.

Models

Rolls Royce Dawn convertible

Bentley continental GT

Aston martin Vanquish Volante convertible

0-60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.4 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter mile

12.8 sec

11.8 sec

12.1 sec

Engine

6.6L

6.0L

6.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

12.6

11.8

11.1

The quickest car in the competition in terms of 0-60 MPH acceleration timings is the Aston Martin Vanquish which achieves the feat in about 3.5 seconds. On the other hand, the Bentley Continental GT happens to be the quickest car in terms of quarter-mile acceleration timings and hits the quarter-mile mark in around 11.8 seconds.

Ride and Handling

Driving a Rolls Royce is one of the greatest pleasures a man can have. Rolls Royce has a reputation for making smooth driving cars and the Dawn is no different. With the typical thin-rimmed, wooden Rolls Royce steering wheel, the Dawn is probably the best handling cars in the market. The steering is so precise, there is neither understeer nor there is any oversteer. The steering is quick to respond and offers ample amount of feedback and is nearly perfect. Driving this car is effortless and seamless and you enjoy the fact how easily this one drives.

There is no car in the market that can match the ride quality that the Rolls Royce has on offer. Right from the high-quality materials of the seats to the thoughtfully set up suspensions, all contribute to offer you a great in ride experience. The adaptive pneumatic suspensions soak all the bumps and potholes with ease and ensure you are not displaced from your seats even by an inch. The structure of the Dawn is smartly designed such that the passengers on the inside do not experience any body roll.

Braking

Brakes do play an important in the overall performance of the brakes. The good set of brakes only give you the confidence to explore all the capabilities of your car. The Rolls Royce Dawn gets 14.7 inches diameter discs at the front and gets 14.6 inches diameter discs at the rear.

Model

Rolls Royce Dawn convertible

Bentley continental GT

Aston martin Vanquish Volante convertible

Brake Front (in.)

14.7

16.0

15.7

Brake Rear (in.)

14.6

13.2

14.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5644

5501

4065

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Bentley gets the largest 16 inches diameter discs at the front while it also gets the smallest 13.2 inches diameter discs at the rear in the competition. The Aston Martin gets 15.7 inches diameter discs at the front and gets 14.2 inches diameter discs at the rear. The Rolls Royce is rather equipped with the most balanced set of brakes.

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Fuel Economy

Most Rolls-Royce owners either own an oil field or do not really care about the fuel efficiency numbers. However, pollution is on the rise and oil reserves are depleting and so we should care about fuel economy. In the city, the Dawn can go for 12 miles on a gallon of fuel while on the highway it can go for 19 miles. The Royce gets a combined MPG rating of 14 MPG which is decent for a car in this category.

Model

Rolls Royce Dawn convertible

Bentley continental GT

Aston Martin Vanquish Volante convertible

MPG (city)

12

12

13

MPG (highway)

19

20

21

MPG (combined)

14

15

16

The Rolls Royce has the lowest fuel efficiency figures in the competition. The Bentley Continental GT gets a combined MPG rating of 15 while the Aston Martin Vanquish gets the best in competition fuel efficiency of 16 MPG.

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Interior

"With about as much leather and wood as a luxury steamship, the Dawn's interior is inviting, warm and comfortable. It's not a jetplane cockpit-like experience, but more a tea room or cigar lounge. Large reverse-hinged doors making entry and exit an event." - Edmunds

Again typical Rolls Royce. High class, upmarket and opulent. The cabin of the Rolls Royce is probably the best place on the earth you can stay in. The car pampers you so much and entirely disconnects you from the outside of the world that you just don't want to get out of it. You will find wood and leather all over the cabin with good colors and contrasts and stitches. No matter how chaotic it is on the outside, the Rolls Royce separates you from that chaos and keeps you in a calm quiet environment so that you can focus on your next billion dollars deal.

Seating and Comfort

The large exterior dimensions of the Rolls Royce Dawn help it offer better space on the inside. The Royce can accommodate 4 passengers and it does carry 4 passengers quite comfortably in spite of being a 2 door convertible. Up front, you get a total head/shoulder/leg room of 40.1/59/41.5 inches respectively while at the rear you get a total head/shoulder/leg room of 37.9/53.1/36.9 inches respectively. The space on the inside is easily the best amongst its rivals.

Model

Rolls Royce Dawn convertible

Bentley continental GT

Aston martin Vanquish Volante convertible

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.1/59.0/41.5

38.2/-/41.3

36.2/54.8/42.7

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.9/53.1/36.9

38.2/-/31.7

N/A

Interior Features

Some of the cool goodies on the inside of the Rolls Royce Dawn are listed below.

  • 14-way power adjustable heated seats.
  • Seats with massage functions.
  • Wood and leather upholstery.
  • 4 zone automatic climate control.
  • Keyless entry.
  • Keyless ignition.
  • Ambient lighting.
  • An umbrella stored in the front doorjamb in its own vented compartment.
  • Vintage wooden three-spoke steering wheel.

Cargo Volume

The Dawn is a family car in which you can pack your family and kids and go on the road trip on the weekend. For a convertible, the Dawn offers a decent amount of cargo volume at 9.2 cubic feet. You can quite easily pack in a couple of medium sized bags in the trunk or a golf kit.

Model

Rolls Royce Dawn convertible

Bentley continental GT

Aston martin Vanquish Volante convertible

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

9.2

9.1

9.8

The Bentley Continental GT offers a total luggage volume of 9.1 cubic feet while the Aston Martin Vanquish offers a cargo volume of 9.8 cubic feet.

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Exterior

"Rolls is adamant in saying the Dawn isn't a Wraith with the top cut off. In fact, the British ultra-luxury automaker points out that 80 percent of the Dawn's body panels are new to this model. Still, family resemblances abound, from the massive vertical grille and the Spirit of Ecstasy emblem that rises above it, to the strong and handsome rear." - KBB

Dimensions and Weight

The Dawn is a typical Rolls Royce and hence carries those rectangular design language. The Dawn is about 208.5 inches long, 76.7 inches wide and 59.1 inches tall. This car also gets a decent ground clearance of 5.9 inches and boasts a best in competition wheelbase of 122.5 inches. The neatly laid out dimensions of the car give it commanding stance and a solid presence. Moreover, the rectangular grill, rectangular headlights, and the hood ornament, the Spirit of Ecstasy add to the overall drama of the Rolls Royce Dawn.

Model

Rolls Royce Dawn convertible

Bentley continental GT

Aston martin Vanquish Volante convertible

Curb weight (lbs.)

5644

5501

4065

Length(in)

208.5

189.3

184.7

Width(in)

76.7

76.7

75.2

Height(in)

59.1

55.1

50.9

Ground clearance (in)

5.9

5.5

5.7

Wheelbase (in)

122.5

108.0

107.9

Track width (in) F/R

63.7/65.5

65.5/65.2

N/A

The Rolls Royce is the biggest car of the lot. The Royce also gets the largest ground clearance in the competition. The larger exterior dimensions of the car help the car to offer larger space on the outside.

Exterior Features

The cool features on the outside of the Rolls Royce Dawn are listed below.

  • Rear-hinged coached doors.
  • Soft close doors.
  • Soft close hood.
  • Automatic headlamps.
  • LED daytime running headlamps.
  • LED taillights.
  • Rain sensing automatic wipers.
  • Headlight and taillight washers.
  • Powered soft-top.
  • Powered tailgate.
  • Remote start-stop.
  • Handsfree parking.

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Safety

Rolls-Royce knows that their cars will be transporting millionaires, multi-millionaires and other important people. Safety of these people is of utmost importance and so Rolls-Royce has been equipped with some advanced safety features.

Some of the safety features are listed below.

Safety Features

  • Driver Assistance System One and Three
  • One includes lane departure warning
  • automatic high-beams
  • heads-up display
  • infrared night vision display
  • adaptive cruise control

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Competition

Bentley Continental GT vs Rolls Royce Dawn

The Bentley Continental GT is an iconic car. Just like the Dawn, the Continental GT is an ultra-luxurious car. However, the Bentley has more power on offer, has the better acceleration timings, has the better fuel efficiency figures and also costs about $10,500 less than the Rolls Royce. The Bentley moreover offers a more spirited driving experience. But the Royce is the more spacious car of the two and

If you want a car that's luxurious and opulent and at the same time is athletic, then the Bentley Continental GT is the one for you.

If you crave for luxury, want that extra bit of snob and don't really care about shelling out some extra bucks, then you should Certainly opt for the Rolls Royce.

Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Convertible vs Rolls Royce Dawn

Yet another British car, yet another ultra-luxury car. The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante. No wonder the Aston Martin is luxurious and beautiful but it rather focuses on sporty driving. The Aston Martin makes more power than the Royce, has the better acceleration figures and also has the better fuel economy numbers. However, the seats if the Aston Martin car cramped and it simply cannot accommodate 4 adults. The Rolls Royce offers more passenger volume and is quite spacious. The Aston Martin, on the other hand, is cheaper than the Rolls Royce and costs about $305650.

Want a car that you can regularly take on the race track but can also use it as your everyday luxury car? GO for the Aston Martin.

Want a hardcore luxury car that bears a great snob value and has got an ability to turns head around and at the same time is practical and comfortable? The Rolls Royce Dawn is the car you need.

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Final Verdict

The Rolls Royce Dawn is the ultimate luxury convertible. It's got power, it's got presence, it's got all the luxurious amenities and it probably has everything you would expect from a luxury car.

In spite of being a soft top convertible, the Dawn keeps you isolated from the world outside. Once you are on the inside, its just the car and you and nothing else. You kind of build an emotional connect with the car once you start driving it every day.

This is the car you would take out on the country roads, away from the human population to take a break from your tiring schedule. Switch off the phone, turn off the mailbox and go on driving till you reach the horizon. This is the car that constantly talks with you. This is the car that neither wants to go too fast nor wants to go too slow, its just wants you to be in your comfort zone and makes you feel like home. This is the Rolls Royce Dawn and it build to offer you sheer driving pleasure.

Pros

Serene interior.

Quite cabin.

Seductive looks.

Super high-quality materials.

Levels of fit and finish.

Ultra-luxurious features.

Silent engine.

Excellent street presence.

High resale value.

Cons

Lower power figures when compared to its rivals.

Lower fuel economy compared to rivals.

Pricier than the rivals.

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$341125

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

402 cu. in.

horsepower

563 hp @ 5250 rpm

torque

605 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.7 in. ventilated disc brakes/14.6 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

122.5 in.

length

208.5 in.

width

76.7 in.

height

59.1 in.

curb weight

5644 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100 cu ft.

cargo volume

9.2 cu ft.

payload capacity

904 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.8 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

162 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

43813 mpg

highway range

412.3 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/unlimited

drivetrain warranty

4 years/unlimited

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn in Graphite color  2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn in Black color  2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn in Arctic White color  2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn in Adriatic Blue color
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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn 2dr Convertible

2dr Convertible

power
563 hp @ 5250 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
14 combined

$341,125


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible (6.6L 12cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $341,125 MSRP (12/14/19) 563 hp @ 5250 rpm, 6.6 L, V12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4 NA