Rolls-Royce Dawn plans to upstage the S-Class Cabrio in Frankfurt

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Rolls-Royce Dawn is planning to steal the show from Mercedes’ all-new S-Class Cabrio at this year’s Frankfurt motor show. True, the two models are not direct rivals in any field except sheer luxury and opulence. In therms of image though, the fight is on!

We’ve seen the Dawn before in numerous spy pics, but today Rolls-Royce has decided to officially pull the lid off its new convertible, positioned one class below the Phantom Drophead Coupe.

The Rolls-Royce Dawn is the four-seat convertible alter-ego of the Wraith Coupe. According to Rolls-Royce, 80 percent of the body parts are unique to the Dawn, though. Its platform and wheelbase of 3.11 meter are both similar to those of the Wraith and the same applies to the width.

The roof of the Wraith can be opened or closed fully automated in 22 seconds – up to a speed of 50 km / h. The surface of the canvas top is flat, any concave surfaces or visible struts being conspicuously absent. Wait, there’s more! Special type of seams helping the Dawn to hide wind noise like no other cabriolet on planet Earth. Compared to the Wraith, the grille is recessed by 45mm, while the bumper is 53 mm longer. And just like the Wraith, Dawn features coach doors.

Of course, good things await the future owners inside as well. The interior is a thing of beauty swathed in high-quality veneer and leather. Decor elements like matte or chromed metallic inserts complete the picture together with a new clock design, specifically created for the Dawn.

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Under the hood, we find Rolls-Royce’s established 6.6-liter V12, developing 563 hp and 780 Nm. Which is less than in the Wraith’s case which delivers 632 hp and 800 Nm of torque. The sprint to 100 km / h is covered by the 2.560 kg Dawn in 4.9 seconds off. Its top speed is limited at 250 km / h and average fuel consumption is 14.2 l / 100 km. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 330 g / km.

The Rolls-Royce Dawn will debut at the IAA in Frankfurt.