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.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.