Rolls-Royce unveils Black Badge Dawn


Rolls-Royce has unveiled a sporty version of its Dawn convertible.

Called the Black Badge edition, it is set to be the jazzed-up version of the Dawn with black paintwork, black interior and even a black Spirit of Ecstasy and matching grille.

Rolls-Royce unveils Black Badge Dawn

Rolls-Royce unveils Black Badge Dawn

Inside there is mandarin-coloured accenting that helps lighten-up the dark surroundings and includes a strip of orange lighting at hip-height to illuminate the cabin at night - something Rolls-Royce claims is evocative of the sunset.

Other interior trim includes some stunning aircraft-grade aluminium that is bonded together with carbon fibre to create a unique surface. More than six coats of lacquer are added after the trim has been left for 72 hours. The pieces are then finely polished before being assembled inside the car.

The car still has the 6.6-litre V12 you'll find in the standard Dawn, but power has been upped from 563bhp to 593bhp – enough to propel the Dawn Black Badge from 0-60mph in just 4.7 seconds, which isn't bad for a car that weighs more than 2.5 tonnes. This is thanks to an increase in torque too, now with a staggering 840Nm of it on board.

The steering has also been sharpened up to give more feedback to the driver and make the car much easier to manoeuvre around sharp bends and down narrow country roads. As you accelerate, however, at motorway speeds the steering becomes weightier to heighten the security and feel through the wheel.

The idea behind this sporty variant is to offer the luxury touring experience that Rolls-Royce is famed for, at lower speeds, and a more engaging drive at higher speeds - or as Rolls-Royce put it, when the driver wishes to 'push on.'

The Dawn Black Badge is available to order now, with the car making its debut at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. Prices have not been released yet, but are expected to be considerably more than the standard Dawn's tag of £264,000.