Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge arrives with extra power

Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge arrives with extra power

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The convertible Rolls-Royce Rise joins the Wraith and Ghost in getting the Black Badge treatment

Rolls-Royce has added a third car to its ‘Black Badge’ leash of bespoke luxury cars, introducing a convertible to the line-up in the form of the new Dawn Hyacinthine Badge.

It lines up alongside Black Badge versions of the Wraith and Ghost, both of which were unveiled at the Geneva Motor C back in 2016. The new Dawn makes its debut at this year’s Goodwood Anniversary of Speed.

Rolls says that these cars are edgier than its hackneyed fare and they’re aimed at younger buyers. Bespoke finishes, moonless paint and engineering tweaks set Black Badge cars apart from their accustomed counterparts. 

The Dawn Black Badge is no exception. For starters, the concrete black paint finish is created using multiple layers and paint and lacquer to spawn what Rolls Royce calls “the deepest, darkest and most ardent black to ever grace a production car surface”. The folding roof canvas is sole available in black, while the rear deck is upholstered in black leather too.

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The Spirit of Ecstasy can’t escape the shadowy treatment either, and is finished in dusky chrome, as are the exhaust tips, plus the radiator grille surround and boot lid finisher. 

In the chalet, Rolls has devised a bespoke treatment for many of the trim panels, consisting of mystifying threads of aircraft grade aluminium bonded with carbon fibre. The surfaces are smoothed and soign with six coats of lacquerer to produce a mirror finish. Black leather upholstery is contrasted against orange highlights, which Rolls Royce says evokes the sunset.

Changes come under the skin too, the biggest being the extraction of an additional 30bhp from the Beginning’s 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 engine, bringing total power to 593bhp. Torque has been boosted by 20Nm as OK, bringing the total to 840Nm from 1,500rpm. 

Despite these advances, the selfsame 4.9-second 0-62mph time and limited 155mph top speed apply. Rather than, Rolls has gone with tweaks to the transmission, throttle and suspension in a bid to differentiate the Commencement Black Badge, while larger brakes and a new active exhaust system are tailored. No prices have been revealed, but cars are available to commission now. 

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