Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rolls That Will Definitely Get You to the Church on Time!

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rolls That Will Definitely Get You to the Church on Time!

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BIG numbers are what this week's test car is all about… 593bhp, a limited top speed of 155mph, over 6,000ccs of V12 engine and a price tag to match - £293,550!

There are some small numbers too - like the 4.8 second 0 to 60 time and urban fuel consumption of a shade over 12mpg.

Welcome to the highlyprivileged world of Rolls-Royce - but not any old Roller as this convertible beauty is the recentlyreleased Dawn Black Badge. That means even more power (an extra 30bhp) more luxury and more street cred than the standard car.

To be fair the Dawn Black Badge starts at a 'mere' £258,675 but our test car, like all Rolls-Royces these days, had a high degree of personalisation with things like 21" carbon alloy composite wheels, ventilated massage seats, bespoke audio and leather floor mats.

So, as you can imagine, wafting along in this car you really feel like someone special and, unlike Rolls-Royces of the past, this one is all about the person at the wheel. The company are successfully targeting younger owners with cars like the Dawn Black Badge, which is much more a driver's car with all that performance.

The brakes are also new and an inch bigger in diameter than the regular Dawn's, the steering has been 'quickened and engineered for more feedback' and there's an entirely new exhaust that emits a 'menacing' bass baritone when required.

We pressed the Dawn into service for a more traditional role, with the car ferrying a delighted bride and groom in style and at speed from the church in perfect drop top sunshine recently, where it was a big hit with younger members of the congregation - reflecting the changes Rolls-Royce have made to its image with cars like this.

There is still the craftsmanship and fine details - like the 'art deco' instruments, retracting 'Spirit of Ecstasy' bonnet mascot and retro air vent controls (still the same as my old 1973 Roller) but brought bang up to date with the latest infotainment, safety and car monitoring systems and design features such as vibrant orange inserts in the interior with new aluminium-threaded carbon composite trim, those eyecatching 'carbon alloy' 21-inch wheels and the famous lady on the bonnet - now in deep polished black chrome to match the exhaust tips, grille, and boot trim. …

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