2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn

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$356,500
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2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 27, 2020
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Bhavik Sreenath

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It won’t be wrong to think of Goodwood as the modern-day mecca of Luxury automobiles as it is home to one one of the most iconic brands in coachbuilding history, The Rolls Royce Motor company, with a history that dates back to the pre-war era, Rolls Royce has given us some of the most sought after examples of Luxury Motoring the world has ever seen and with the new RR Dawn, they plan to bring the same automotive excellence to the world of Top-down motoring.

The Dawn represents the pinnacle of drop-top opulence and is undeniably the most Luxurious convertible you can get your hands on today. But at $400,000, it better be the best in the business. The Dawn underneath is a Rolls Royce Wraith, which can again be classified as the two-door coupe version of RR’s entry-level sedan, the Ghost and the similarities between these cars is uncanny from the moment you lays eyes on one.

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Pros

Opulent Interior

Effortless V12 Thrust

Unmatched road presence

Cons

Shallow boot

In-town maneuverability

What's New?

New Black Badge and Adamas collections added as part of customization


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$356500

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

402 cu.in.

horsepower

563 hp @ 5250 rpm

torque

605 lbs.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.7/14.7

dimensions

wheelbase

122.5 in.

length

208.5 in.

width

76.7 in.

height

59.1 in.

curb weight

5644 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

100 cu ft.

cargo volume

9.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

3155 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

10.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

12/18/14 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ unlimited

corrosion warranty

6 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

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Interior
Videos
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Review video

Styles

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn in Black Sapphire Metallic color 2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn in Quicksilver Metallic color 2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn in Infinity Black color
Black Sapphire Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

8.8

Fuel Economy

4.5

Interior

9.9

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Base

Base

power
563 hp @ 5250 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
14 combined

$356,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible (6.6L 12cyl 8A) Starting at $356,500 MSRP (12/14/18) 563 hp @ 5250 rpm, 6.6 L, V-12, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 4

Expert Review

8.3

Overall Rating


The Dawn, however, is the spiritual successor to the Phantom Drop-head convertible which at the time was the epitome of top-down motoring. At a point in time, 2015 to be precise, Rolls-Royce was selling both these cars at there showroom floor but they decided to kill the former in a bid to restore their sales figures as it was cannibalizing the sales of the later which was a practical move on Rolls-Royces part as the older yet more expensive Drophead convertible with its similar underpinnings did not seem like a logical move to prospective buyers who were looking to shell out over a quarter of a million dollars on a convertible.

Rolls-Royce has achieved an iconic status which is how they justify their astronomical price tag, so there might not be a lot of direct rivals to the Dawn but it is hard to overlook other brilliant offerings from other Luxury brands, be it Bently’s newly updated Continental GT speed or even Mercedes’s S65 AMG.

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible Front View
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible Rear View

9.0/10
Features

 

8.8/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.9/10
Interior

 

9.0/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Features

9.0/10

The sense of occasion begins from the moment you rest your hands on the chrome door handles which greats you by gliding the huge suicide door open and once seated inside the doors can be closed at the touch of a button which adds to the Dawn’s ultra-luxurious feel.

The Wraith is powered by the well renowned six & three quarter liter V12 which has been developed in conjunction with BMW. The underpinning of the Dawn is also sourced from BMW, the 7-series to be precise which was used as the base to build the platform which would become the common platform for Rolls-Royce’s best selling cars which include the likes of the Ghost, Dawn, and the Wraith.

Rolls-Royce does not offer any trims for the Dawn or any of its cars for that matter. They, on the other hand, offer their customers an unending array of customization options that are offered as packages and if by any chance they forgot to cover some customization option then one can feel free to get bespoke modifications from the factory on order.

Trim

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn

MSRP (RWD)

$356,500

Key Features

Spirit of Ecstasy Inlay Monitor lid

 

Powered folding 6-layer canvas roof

 

Bespoke Interior Embroidery

 

Adaptive xenon headlights with automatic high-beam control

 

Commission Collection Exterior Paint

 

Power-closing rear-hinged coach doors

 

Satellite-Controlled Transmission

 

Adaptive Air Suspension

 

Cruise control with upcoming curve detection

 

surround-view camera system

 

10.3-inch center display screen

Rolls-Royce offers a Black Badge edition for the Dawn, This exclusive model is a tastefully murdered out factory spec vehicle which was inspired by the kind of aftermarket modification that the brands younger customers. This premium package is priced at $477,975 which is over 100 grand more than the standard Dawn but it still feels like a bargain when compared to its predecessor which was priced at a whopping $533,000 without any options when it was on sale back in 2015.

What do we recommend?

Since the Rolls-Royce Dawn is available in a single trim and the endless options list will allow you to customize one to suit your taste.

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Engine and Performance

8.8/10

If you were to classify the Dawn in the currently existing system of classification, the best way to describe it would be to call it a Luxury Grand Tourer and in order to make this a cross-continental land yacht, Rolls-Royce has fitted the Dawn with there biggest engine which is a ginormous 6.75 liter (or as RR like to call it the six and three-quarter liter) V12 which puts out a tarmac shattering 563 horsepower and 820 Nm of torque which is enough to tow a Luxury Yacht or a small mansion, something that its owners might be interested in doing. These performance figures generate an incredible amount of thrust which is enough to propel this beast to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds which is incredible especially if you take the vehicles 5,600 lbs weight into consideration.

This Rolls-Royce unlike the other vehicles we have seen from the Goodwood based brand is meant to be driven. So RR made sure that the driving feel and feedback get as much attention to detail as the rest of this opulent machine. This is why it gets a lot of driver-oriented kit such a fast-shifting ZF 8-speed transmission which is specifically tuned for this car and a suspension that uses GPS to adjust its dynamic air ride suspension which is capable of altering the suspension depending on the road ahead.

Models

Rolls-Royce Dawn

Mercedes Benz AMG S65 Convertable

Bentley Continental GT Convertable

MSRP

$356,500

$235,600

$240,800

Engine

6.6L Premium V-12

6.0L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-12

6.0L  Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded W-12

Drivetrain RWD RWD AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic w/OD

7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual

Power (hp @ rpm)

624 hp @5,600 rpm

621 hp @4,800 rpm

626 hp @6,000 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

605 lb-ft. @1,500 rpm

738 lb-ft. @2,300 rpm

664 lb-ft. @1,350 rpm

Also, this isn’t a track-focused motor car but can turn up the heat anytime you demand. This not just some traditional conservative luxury but a modern technology at your command. The 8-speed transmission is a satellite-aided system, never overbearing or superfluous.

How fast is the Rolls-Royce Dawn?

Dawn is the drop-top version of the Wraith coupe, a “small” Rolls-Royce based on the BMW 7-series platform. With a shorter wheelbase and lowered height, prodigious power at hand, this 5400 pounds Wraith goes from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds while hits the quarter-mile in about 12.5 seconds. It definitely makes this massive convertible, one of the fastest Rolls-Royce to date. The Wraith is a sportier Rolls-Royce but never tries hard to be a sports car. It sticks to its Gran Turismo nomenclature in the truest sense.

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible covers 0-60 in just 4.9 sec

Surprisingly, with no launch control, this car can propel all its heft to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds

The sensitive gas pedal responds instantly with an ample amount of grunt and that mesmerizes V-12 symphony to keep you company. However, the Rolls-Royce better relates to silent and smooth movements.

Models

Rolls-Royce Dawn

Mercedes Benz AMG S65 Convertable

Bentley Continental GT Convertable

0-60 MPH (sec)

4.9

3.9 

4.0 

Quarter Mile (sec)

13.1

12.0 

11.8 

Top Speed (MPH) N/A 186(opt) 207

Engine

6.6L Premium V-12

6.0L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-12

6.0L  Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded W-12

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

12.6

11

10.4

The Dawn won’t win you any awards at the drag strip but it will give through bread performance machines such as the M4, RS4 or even Alfas a run for their money. The Bentley Continental GT is almost equally fast for that matter.

What about the ride and handling?

A true blue luxury land yacht and not a sports car, that is the best way to describe Dawn’s handling characters. Wraith qualifies to be the former since its performance focus is more inclined towards an effortless and plush driving experience. After being one of the quickest Rolls-Royce, the Wraith is also the most dynamic R-R yet. Riding on a shorter wheelbase, Dawn is a nimble saloon that glides at fingertip lightness. The steering is light weighted and offers consistency and linearity. Handling is close enough to remind that its a Rolls-Royce. Yet because of its advanced chassis, well-damped springs, and 20-inch wheels, it corners without much body roll.

Dawn is a nimble saloon that glides at fingertip lightness.

The air suspension setup soaks up anything and everything without any hint to those inside the cabin. Opt for Black badge model and Rolls-Royce up tunes the engine output and tweaks the suspension and transmission for sportier performance.

How do the brakes perform on the Rolls-Royce Dawn?

The Rolls-Royce Dawn’s braking setup can withstand a lot of abuse pretty comfortably and this is necessary when you have such mass hurtling down the roads at triple-digit speeds. The braking is equally impressive with the 5,400 pounds Rolls-Royce Dawn stopping in just 109 feet from 60 mph. During the emergency stops, nose dive was evident but isn’t worrying.

Model

Rolls-Royce Dawn

Mercedes Benz AMG S65 Convertable

Bentley Continental GT Convertable

Brake Rotors Front (in)

14.7

13.2

16.5

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

14.6

11.8

15

Curb Weight (lbs)

5380

4553

4947

60-0 MPH (ft)

109

NA

NA

The 2020 Rolls-Royce Wraith comes equipped with big four-wheel anti-lock discs. The fade won’t be an issue on the road and the brakes compliment the thirst for adventure.

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Fuel Economy

4.5/10

Even the faintest thought of EPA ratings or fuel economy must be dealt with rethinking or probably rethinking. Its something like a selenophile worrying about the mileage of a rocket. However, simplifying for you, the V-12 powered Wraith’s fuel economy ratings are competitive with the market rivals. The heft and massive proportions of Wraith return a better average than its closest competitors.

Model

Rolls-Royce Dawn

Mercedes Benz AMG S65 Convertable

Bentley Continental GT Convertable

MPG (City)

12

19

12

MPG (Highway)

18

28

20

MPG (Combined)

14

22

14

Fuel Capacity (Gallons) 21.7 24.3 24
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi) 260/390/303 315/534/534 288/480/336

The satellite-aided transmission reads the road ahead and keeps the transmission in tune with the upcoming road conditions which avoids unnecessary upshift or downshift. This system indirectly supplements the fuel economy of Wraith.

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Interior

9.9/10

All the Ghost luxury abounds the Wraith for a posh and comfortable ride. The Wraith’s rear-hinged doors are a great conversation starter. The suicide doors make it easier to get in and out of the car but when the doors are open it is difficult to reach the door pulls from inside. This problem is not a concern since the doors are electrically controlled at the touch of a button.

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible Seating Layout

The quality inside is exceptional, its a Rolls-Roy e after all. Swathes of the finest leather, real wood, and genuine metal accents cover nearly every visible surface along with knobs and door handles. The sloping roofline and two-door body do not confront the ample space available at the rear for two adults to sit comfortably. The center console extends from the front of the car to the rear between the two rear bucket seats. However, the Rolls-Royce Wraith flaunts a high window line which is a big issue as it blocks visibility.

Model

Rolls-Royce Dawn

Mercedes Benz AMG S65 Convertable

Bentley Continental GT Convertable

Seating Capacity

4

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4/59.0/41.5

42.1/59.7/41.4

40.1/NA/41.9

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.0/54.7/36.9

39.2/59.1/43.0

33.7/NA/41.9

Key Interior Features

  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Wood accents
  • Heated front seats with massage functions
  • Head-up display
  • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Available Starlight headliner

What are the infotainment features in the Rolls-Royce Dawn?

The Rolls-Royce Dawn apart for its underpinnings also makes use of a heavily reskinned version of BMW’s I-drive infotainment system which makes use of a very similar dial-based setup to navigate through the menus. This is not at all a bad thing since the BMW infotainment system is easy to use and is quite intuitive. Navigation and real-time traffic updates are standard and even a head-up display. But the star of the show has to be the bespoke audio surround sound system which features 18 speakers designed specifically to pump in 1,300 watts of unadulterated audio experience.

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible Dashboard design

The switch geat is milled out of solid metal and the finish across the cabin is immaculate and that’s what a Rolls-Royce is all about.

Key Infotainment Features

  • Surround-view camera system
  • 3-inch center display screen
  • Navigation system
  • 18-speaker Bespoke Audio Sound System
  • Rewinding Satellite and HD radio
  • Digital music storage
  • USB ports

Cargo Capacity

The 2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn offers a class-leading cargo space of 16.6 cu-ft, courtesy its massive proportions. The enticing Grand Tourer is comfortably capable of seating the driver, three passengers and their luggage with space to spare.

Model

Rolls-Royce Wraith Coupe

Mercedes Benz AMG S65 Convertable

Bentley Continental GT Convertable

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

16.6

12.3

12.6

The Dawns width is a major factor that helps it accomplish this massive cargo space as it is able to utilize this area for storage even after the roof is retracted. Especially compared to the direct rivals, even the Bentley Continental GT.

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Exterior

9.0/10

Every car from Goodwood’s stable is crowned by the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy, illuminated in the Wraith. The arrival of the Rolls-Royce Wraith is marked by the commanding Pantheon grille riding atop 20” or 21” wheels with self-righting wheel centers. The 2020 Wraith shares a similar Ghost platform but has a shorter wheelbase and a wider rear track. The overall height is 1.7 inches lower.

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible Third Quarter View

The Rolls-Royce bespoke department will tailor the Wraith in virtually any way you desire, be it a personalized message or insignia engraved onto treadplates to the exterior colors. The Wraith Black Badge flaunts sportier design cues to complement the upgraded performance. The exterior upgrades include a gloss-black Spirit of Ecstasy, carbon-fiber and alloy wheels, LED headlights, darkened air vents, a different clock, and embroidery in the shape of an infinity sign.

Model

Rolls-Royce Dawn

Mercedes Benz AMG S65 Convertable

Bentley Continental GT Convertable

Curb Weight (lbs)

5380

4553

4947

Length (in)

208.1

206.9

190.9

Width (in)

76.7

NA

77.4

Height (in)

59.3

58.8

55.3

Ground Clearance (in)

6.5

5

5.6

Wheelbase (in)

122.5

124.6

112.2

Key Exterior Features

  • Pantheon Grille
  • 20” or 21” wheels with self-righting wheel centers
  • Illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible
2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Convertible

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Safety

8.0/10

A car that costs this much tends to bring in confidence with some exceptional safety and driver-assistance technology. This is not the case in the Wraith, which comes equipped with basic standard safety equipment. No matter what this luxury saloon is more than safe courtesy of features like the 360-degree view around the car for assistance with maneuvers, an infrared eye in the front grille to detect hazards at night for up to 300 meters away. This assisted ‘night vision’ extends far beyond the headlights’ beam and provides you with invaluable time to react to potential dangers.

Key safety features include:

  • Air bag-frontal-driver
  • Air bag-frontal-passenger
  • Air bag-side body-front
  • Air bag-side body-rear
  • Rollover protection
  • Four-Wheel ABS
  • Daytime running lights
  • Traction control
  • Night Vision
  • Rollover protection bars
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Stability control
  • Back-up camera
  • Parking aid
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rolls-Royce assist emergency SOS

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Competition

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn vs Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible

For al, those who are looking for a Luxury car which can put thoroughbred supercars to shame then look no further than the Continental GT Speed with its 3.7 seconds 0 to 60 mile an hour time and a mind-numbing top speed of 207 mph, makes this the undisputed king of the hill when it comes to outright performance, but when it comes to sheer presence, it is very hard to rival Dawn’s opulence. It is the best roofless statement piece that money can buy.

2020 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible

2020 Roll-Royce Wraith vs. Mercedes-Benz AMG S65

The S65 AMG convertible proves that Mercedes has perfected the Grand Tourer and it is undeniably the perfect balance of Luxury and Power with its glorious V12 rumble to keep you company while cruising down the boulevard, it is hard to question the sheer quality and opulence that the S65 AMG exudes especially in its drop-top guise, but if money isn’t an object, then the Dawn takes the Luxury and opulence and dials it up to 11.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG S65

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Final Verdict

To ask if the Rolls-Royce Dawn is a car that redefines top-down motoring. Calling it just a car or a convertible will be nothing short of undermining the craftsmanship of the artisans at Goodwood. The Dawn is an occasion, an exhibition of luxury, immaculate craftsmanship and relentless pace. In terms of value, an emotion like this can’t be quantified. However, Rolls-Royce Dawn in comparison with its direct rivals may not be the most spirited performer but is the most luxurious Grand Tourer.