Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 27 Mar 2016
The stunning Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch, Cape Town is the setting for the international motor launch of the new Rolls – Royce Dawn.
Any vehicle which bares the “Spirit of Ecstasy ” emblem on the bonnet is very special and of course, the new Rolls – Royce is very special indeed. Based on Rolls – Royce Ghost chassis. The new Rolls – Royce Dawn is smaller and more agile than its larger sibling, the Drophead. Rolls – Royce don’t release new vehicles very often, so you can rest assured that when a new vehicle is released, it will be very special.
The new Dawn has a smaller profile, curb weight of 2560 kg and its large 6,6-litre direct-injection twin turbo V12 motor propels the Dawn from 0 – 100 km/h (62 Mph) in a mere 4,9 seconds and on to an electronically governed top speed of 255 km/h. A very impressive feat, when you consider the bespoke level of quality, comfort and attention to detail, only delivered by a Rolls – Royce.
With the “Spirit of Ecstasy” symbol gracefully resting within the central media control jog wheel, entertainment and media are dealt with in a similar manner to that of BMW’s i-Drive system. Of course Rolls – Royce have however added their own interface styling overlay. Details are in the DNA of the new Dawn, from its textbook Rolls – Royce Dawn dash clock, to retro styled air-conditioning vents and aluminium dash panelling.
When driving the new Rolls – Royce Dawn it is immediately apparent that this vehicle has been orientated to be thrilling for the driver, while maintaining the highest possible levels of comfort for the passengers. Some of the new styling, such as the optional illuminated “Spirit of Ecstasy” bonnet emblem also display Rolls – Royce’s efforts to attract the younger driver.
With South African pricing (option dependant) ranging anywhere from R8,3 million (+- $325,000 ;£250,000 ) upwards, the new Rolls – Royce Dawn is a very special automobile and one, which sits within a very unique and premium market space. The vehicles overall incredible performance, charm and charisma set it apart from anything else on the road.
Kindly watch the below video to see my drive in the new Rolls – Royce Dawn: