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2 3 0 S I M P LY A B U DH A B I The company claims the Dawn can get from 0-100kmh in 4.9 seconds and reach a limited 250kmh top end. It also says that it is the most rigid-bodied, four-seat convertible in the world with plenty of additional structural bracing underneath. Adding to that rigidity are the hefty rear-hinged doors which have become a trademark of Rolls-Royce since their introduction on the rear doors of the Phantom, followed by Ghost, then used on the pillarless doors of the Coupé, Drophead Coupé, Wraith and now Dawn. A new suspension system includes new air springs and anti-roll bars which have been revised over Wraith for the reconfigured weight distribution, but most importantly to maintain the company’s famous near- flawless ride that has endowed every model for generations. Being 5285mm long, 1947mmwide – which includes a rear track that’s 24mm wider than the Ghost, 1502mm high and has a wheelbase of 3112mm – it’s no surprise to find that the Dawn is not light, weighing in at 2588kg, which is about 250kg more than the Wraith. Production will begin early next year and the order book is now open. With a price that should be around 20 per cent up on the Wraith, and therefore expected to be around AED1,700,000, the book is filling fast.