Year in Review: 2015 Auto Show Highlights

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn — Frankfurt
Inspired by the rare 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn, the new Rolls-Royce Dawn is in keeping with the current Rolls-Royce lineup, but don’t think of it as merely a convertible Wraith — 80 percent of the body parts are unique to the new model. The goal was to carry four persons in opulent luxury without compromise, and engineers were able to keep the interior sound level down to the same level as the Wraith when the soft-top is in position. The operation of the top, which will lower in 20 seconds at up to 30 mph, is almost completely silent. A 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine resides under the long hood, producing 563 horsepower and an amazing 575 lb-ft of torque at just 1500 rpm. That’s enough to move this 5,600-pound automobile to 60 mph in less than five seconds. Doors are rear-hinged for easier entry and exit — a signature design element for Rolls-Royce and the Dawn; other signature elements include the marque’s legendary grille and Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament; 21-inch polished wheels fit perfectly with the vehicle’s overall proportions.

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