The Rolls-Royce Dawn has earned Top Gear Magazine’s coveted 2016 ‘Luxury Car of the Year’ award. Dawn, the fourth distinctive model in the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars family, is powered by an exceptional 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine and features a multi-layer foldaway fabric roof that, when in place, makes the Dawn the world’s quietest convertible car, according to Rolls-Royce. The roof can be operated “in total silence” in 22 seconds at up to 50 km/h, or about 31mph.
Top Gear said:
‘Take the world of high-end goods. Sure, you can splash a few grand on a posh smartwatch if you’re suitably inclined, but the market for intricate, mechanically wound chronometers that are less accurate is worth millions more. Would you rather wear shoes tailored by a hyper-sensitive 3D printer or a Jermyn Street cobbler? That’s why the Dawn is 2016’s finest example of automotive opulence. Why should every car be kneecapped by its cold, hard numbers? “Quality remains long after the price is forgotten.” Quite right, Sir Henry.’
The 5,644-pound vehicle boasts 563 horsepower and 575 pound-foot of torque from a 6.6 liter V12 engine, with a top speed of 155 miles per hour. It can go from 0 to 160 in 4.9 seconds. Combined fuel economy in the city and highway is 19.9 miles per gallon.
The car is 17.3 feet long, 6.4 feet wide and 4.9 feet high with a wheelbase of 10.2 feet.
The Dawn’s first model year is already sold out.