2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn
2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn


  • Exceptionally smooth and quiet
  • Adults can fit in the backseat
  • Seemingly infinite customization possibilities


  • So many options, you'll have to speak with a specialist to build one
  • Navigation display not a touchscreen
  • The build you laboriously worked on, might not match next season's fashion
Rolls-Royce Dawn years

Which Dawn does Edmunds recommend?

With just one Dawn version to pick from, the only recommendation we could make would involve specific builds. If you're a responsible type who can handle white leather interiors, we recommend one of the new for 2017 Inspired by Fashion configurations. Cobalto Blue, Mandarin and Mugello Red on the seamless fabric top and interior leather combine with white and black leather and piano white lacquered pieces. The piano white pieces take nine days to lacquer, and they are embedded with aluminum particles, giving the pieces a silky effect. Of course, there's also real silk inside the door pockets.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

Rolls-Royce automobiles are known for the way they seclude occupants from the hardships of the roadway. Quiet, effortless and serene, driving a Rolls-Royce is more Bodleian Oxford Library than Wall Street trading floor. The 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn is no different, but it adds the ability to open its fabric top, allowing driver and passenger alike to bask in the sun, or moonlight, and watch the scenery smoothly whiz by.

You would be mistaken to think the Dawn is just the convertible version of the hardtop two-door Wraith. Although they have similar powertrains, the Wraith has more power (624 horsepower versus 563 hp) and Rolls-Royce says 80 percent of the body is different. Thankfully, Rolls-Royce spent a lot of time and effort to get the undeniable differentiator, the convertible fabric roof, just right. With the roof taking 22 seconds to open or close at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour, Rolls-Royce calls the process a "silent ballet" due to the lack of noise during operation.

Trim levels & features

The Dawn may come in one mechanical specification, which is a two-door, four-seater powered by a turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 engine (563 horsepower, 575 pound-feet of torque) driving the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. But the owner gets to pick how the rest of the car is built. Thankfully Rolls-Royce made sure the Dawn includes all the technology and customization options that luxury car owners expect. This includes a 16-speaker Bespoke Audio system, a 10.3-inch navigation display based on BMW's familiar iDrive system, and adaptive cruise control. This system was chosen specifically for its ability to provide a button-free aesthetic thanks to voice command and a multitouch compatible pad atop the "Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller" (yes, that's what it's called) that recognizes touch and handwriting inputs. The Dawn lacks touchscreen capability due to the obvious unwanted side effect of fingerprints on the screen. All the better, so you can have more square footage of natural or lacquered-finish wood paneling. Adaptive LED headlights light up the way, and radar cruise control aims to take the edge off of bumper-to-bumper seaside traffic. When you get out on the open road, a clever GPS-based system can fine-tune the engine and transmission for ultimate smoothness by knowing the grade and radius of the road ahead. Finally, the doors hinge from the back, and as is typical with Rolls-Royce, an umbrella is stored in the forward doorjamb in its own vented compartment.

Trim tested

Edmunds has not yet driven any version of this vehicle. The following is our first take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.


Rolls-Royce prides itself on creating the smoothest driving experience, and we have no reason to doubt the Dawn will be any different. Don't think of it as a sports car, rather an incredibly smooth and comfortable cruiser.


Aside from simply being a Rolls-Royce, the Dawn's chief selling point is as a convertible four-seater. Rolls-Royce made sure that four adults could fit in complete comfort, and that the top opens and closes in complete silence.


With about as much leather and wood as a luxury steamship, the Dawn's interior is inviting, warm and comfortable. It's not a jetplane cockpit-like experience, but more a tea room or cigar lounge. Large reverse-hinged doors making entry and exit an event.


Trunk space is deep and perfect for two people's luggage, but unless you travel with light packers, fitting four people's worth of stuff might be tough. You won't have to worry about bringing an umbrella — it's included. Silk-lined door pockets are perfect for holding delicate items.


Though you can't touch the screen on the Dawn, the touch surface on top of the Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller features handwriting recognition. Otherwise, luxury-car staples such as night vision and adaptive cruise control are standard.

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Features & Specs

12 city / 19 hwy
Seats 4
8-speed shiftable automatic
563 hp @ 5250 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite Dawn safety features:

Adaptive LED Headlights
Motorized reflectors keep the headlight beam pointing in the direction of travel, increasing nighttime visibility.
Rollover Protection System
Should the Dawn roll over, a concealed roll bar, combined with a single-piece windshield frame, deploys to protect occupants.
Satellite-Aided Transmission
GPS works with the transmission, letting it shift early or hold a gear, depending on driver behavior, for a curve or hill ahead.

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More about the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn

The 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn is full-size four-seat convertible luxury coupe. It is not for the faint of heart. Not because of its price or its power — both of which are prodigious indeed — but because of the attention you'll receive while driving it. This is one of those cars in which just getting in and out is a photo-worthy event, especially because the Dawn has large reverse-hinged doors that open from the front and hinge at the rear. This makes stepping out of the car like stepping down from a throne.

All of the Dawn's information, navigation and technology equipment is standard. It features a 10.3-inch color display that can be hidden behind a panel that blends with the rest of the interior. The display is not even touch-compatible, as Rolls-Royce believes the possibility of fingerprints on the screen would be a huge faux pas. Data entry into the system is done via voice control and what's called the Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller. Users of BMW's iDrive system will find the operation of the system very familiar because Rolls-Royce's system is heavily based on it. Otherwise, radar-based adaptive cruise control, camera-based lane keeping assist, and infrared-based night vision are other technologies that are seamlessly integrated into the leather- and wood-adorned cabin.

The cloth convertible top uses French seams, which are virtually invisible, and lacks the protrusions and lumps found on lesser vehicles. This means the shape of the car can be really exact, and the smooth surface means minimal wind buffeting. The top is, of course, electrically actuated, and it takes about 22 seconds to fully open or close, and does so silently. It can even be operated at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour.

But the real fun with Rolls-Royces is in configuring them. Numerous options are available to explore, and you can specify colors on specific leather and wood panels, headliner materials and even the steering wheel. Multiple hood ornaments, called the Spirit of Ecstasy, are also available; you can even get one with uplighting.

With the myriad of options available, let Edmunds help you configure the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn of your dreams.

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn Overview

The 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn is offered in the following submodels: Dawn Convertible. Available styles include 2dr Convertible (6.6L 12cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn?

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Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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Should I lease or buy a 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn?

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