In March last year, Rolls-Royce revealed the fabulous new Black Badge range in a bid to attract a new generation of customers to the most luxurious marque in the world. The Ghost and Wraith Black Badge models went down exceptionally well and now a new one has been made available from Abu Dhabi Motors — the Dawn Black Badge. You can think of it as a convertible for gentlemen in a real hurry.
Abu Dhabi Motors hosted a first look at the eagerly anticipated newbie at the Yas Marina Circuit last weekend and we were invited to a behind-the-scenes look at the regal beauty and got to drive the Ghost and Wraith variants. It soon became blatantly obvious that there’d be no better way to take in the night air than the Dawn Black Badge, the most glamorous expression of open-top luxury. Featuring a deeply intense shade of black (multiple layers of paint and lacquer have been applied and hand-polished resulting in the deepest, darkest and most intense black to ever grace a production car surface) and a roof which opens in a ‘Silent Ballet’ (only available in black canvas) and a rear deck finished in black leather, it’s one of the finest automobiles we’ve ever seen.
The Spirit of Ecstasy has been finished in a perfectly executed black chrome as has the front grille surround, boot lid finisher, exhaust pipes and air inlet finisher. This bold, edgy design ethos extends beautifully into the interior; higher levels of exquisite Black leather are accented boldly with Mandarin highlights, including a strip of orange highlight which encircles the cabin at hip-height, evocative of the sunset before the passengers are immersed in darkness. It’s powered by a 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 that’s been given an extra 30bhp over the car’s already ample 563bhp for a total of 593bhp. Torque also climbs by 20Nm for a total of 840Nm.
Now available to commission at Abu Dhabi Motors, it sure is a Rolls-Royce like no other.