Rolls-Royce Dawn confirmed as drop-top Wraith

Rolls-Royce has confirmed the upcoming drop-top version of the Wraith will be called the Dawn. It’s set to feature a number of exquisite and unique details.

Rolls-Royce Wraith

Late last year we heard the BMW-owned company was considering introducing a convertible version of the new Wraith, sitting in as the company’s ‘entry-level’ open-top vehicle.

The company has now shown the finished product to dealers in Los Angeles as part of a global dealer meeting. It shares the same platform as Wraith, which itself is based on BMW’s current 7 Series sedan.

Despite being based on the Wraith coupe, the Dawn is set to use a unique body with its own bespoke design cues. Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes says the new model will showcase a ‘striking and seductive’ demeanour.

Under the bonnet we can expect the same 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 as seen in the Wraith. In that, the unit produces a majestic and empowering 465kW of power and 800Nm of torque. Also known as enough to see 0-100km/h in under 5.0 seconds.

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Rolls-Royce has been using the nameplate Dawn for quite a few decades now, with the first model introduced in 1949 (1952 Silver Dawn shown below). It will be the first time the Dawn name is used on a modern Rolls’.

Market entry will take place during the first quarter of 2016. Prices and final specifications are yet to be confirmed. As a guide, the current Wraith retails from $645,000 in Australia. It’s the second least expensive model on the market, with only the four-door Ghost priced below it ($609,000).

1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.