The Rolls-Royce Dawn has been spotted testing in Germany. This Wraith-based soft top cabriolet borrows its name from the original Rolls-Royce Dawn, which was produced by the British manufacturer between 1949 and 1955.
Most of the Dawn’s body panels will be carried over from the Wraith coupe, with the only exception being the adoption of a folding roof. Like with the Phantom Drophead Coupe, Rolls-Royce has decided to go for a fabric roof instead of a metallic one. The Dawn will be built around a heavily modified version of the BMW 7 Series chassis, though it will be stiffened up to compensate for the lack of a roof. Despite its massive dimensions and weight, the Dawn will be capable of hitting 100kmph in 4.6 seconds, thanks to the 6.6-litre V12 engine. This twin-turbocharged engine delivers 624bhp and 800Nm of torque to the rear wheels, through a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Rolls-Royce Dawn will rival other extravagant convertibles like Bentley Continental GT Convertible and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet. With prices expected to start around GBP 2,50,000 (Rs 2.44 crore), the Dawn is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2016.