SCULPTURE – Statuary: if it were not a simple car (even if with the Rolls-Royce brand), one could speak with good reason of a sculpture of metal, fabric, rubber and plastic (very little, to be honest). The Rolls-Royce Dawn on display in Frankfurt is the discovery version of the Wraith coupe: 529 cm of grandeur and gracefulness for 195 of width, 150 of height (like certain crossovers), 311 of step (in tight corners maybe it’s better not to overdo it) and 2,560 kg of substance with the unfailing Spirit of Ecstasy on the long bonnet. The nabobs can buy it (at a price not yet defined); ordinary mortals will limit themselves to admiring it.
SIMPLE AND FASCINATING – Little to say on the Rolls-Royce Dawn line: it expresses an incomparable charm or almost. The mask (as long as it can be defined as an element of dimensions that is nothing short of bloated) is made and finished by hand; the shapes are classic, with few curves and the feeling that the car is made from solid. The front overhang is visually reduced; the rear one more pronounced, with the tail that leaves space to the soft top, remembering (according to English designers) the stern of the boats. Features doors with opening with a door. The alloy wheels are 20 “or 21”; the inclined windscreen gives an unexpected lightness to a line that seems already in the presentation phase without time, with ribs evident only in the bonnet and almost hidden in the tail.
EXTREME CRAFTS – For the interior of the Rolls-Royce Dawn, it is perhaps better that the photos speak: wood, leather of various colors, metal are coupled in a meticulous manner, welcoming the four occupants in a regal way, making the joy of those who have the passion for detail: to avoid wear and lack of ergonomics, the horizontal seats on the seats end with a rounded metal lining. The bumpers in brushed aluminum with rubber inserts do not even deserve to be trampled for the quality of construction.
COULD ALSO RUN – In some ways it is almost marginal to remember that, under the hood of the Rolls-Royce Dawn, there is a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 of 570 hp and 780 Nm of torque (which could push from 0 to 100 km / h Rolls in 4 “9, according to the house): as it happened for the Corniche DHC, of which the Dawn can rightly be considered the spiritual heir, it was not declared. A little snobbery that added a further quarter of nobility to the Rolls-Royces of the time. At most, it could be said that it was “sufficient in every circumstance”: because with the Queens, even if in this case less austere and more ridiculous than Phantom (compared to the monumental Phantom Drophead) and therefore “queen”, you go to step you do not run.