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2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn: Overview

What’s New for 2017?

The 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn is unchanged aside from a new "Inspired by Fashion" trim package with distinctive colors.

What We Like

Beautiful design inside and out; surprisingly good performance; lots of impressive equipment

What We Don’t

Tremendously expensive; highly impractical; depreciation will likely be steep

Overview

The Rolls-Royce Dawn is the newest member of the Rolls-Royce lineup — and probably the most exciting to drive. We say that because the Dawn touts the slimmed-down proportions of the brand’s sporty Wraith coupe but adds something important: a convertible top.

Unfortunately for shoppers eagerly interested in the idea of a drop-top Rolls-Royce, that top is a pricey addition. While the already-expensive Wraith starts around $316,000 with shipping, the Dawn is more than $342,000 including destination. That’s a lot of money for a car that still plays second fiddle to Rolls-Royce’s more expensive flagship convertible, the $490,000-plus Phantom Drophead Coupe.

But the Dawn justifies its high price by offering more than just a soft top. In addition to the convertible roof, the latest Rolls boasts a 563-horsepower 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V12 pulled straight from the Ghost. The result is a 0-to-60 time of 4.9 seconds, which is seriously impressive for a car that weighs nearly 5,000 pounds.

As for equipment, the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn offers everything you might expect from a brand-new, high-dollar Rolls-Royce, including available 21-inch alloy wheels, liberally applied wood trim to virtually every surface, high-end leather upholstery, a self-adjusting air suspension, a night-vision camera and much more. This year, the Dawn also adds an "Inspired by Fashion" trim package with distinctive coloring that makes it stand out even further. Indeed, the Dawn may play second fiddle to the Phantom, but we suspect you’d have a hard time believing that when you’re behind the wheel.

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