Mansory has added power and bling to the Rolls Royce Dawn
The new drop-top Rolls-Royce Dawn is a glorious £250,000 luxury land yacht that’s so good, we recently crowned it Top Gear’s Luxury Car of The Year.
But the wonderfully elegant 5.3-metre soft-top Wraith isn’t good enough for some people. Folk like infamous tuning house, Mansory.
Those fidgety-fingered guys in Mansory’s Bavarian factory just can’t leave anything alone. Be it a Lamborghini Aventador SV, Mercedes S63 Coupe, or even a jet-ski, if the panels can be removed, wheels taken off and engine bay opened, it’ll be given the special Mansory once over.
However, on a scale of one to Carbonardo, the firm’s reworking of the Roller is incredibly restrained; the engine bay is where the most extensive changes have been made.
Using the same powertrain as the Ghost – rather than the Wraith – the Dawn’s 6.6-litre V12 has always been down on power compared to its hardtop brother (563bhp compared to the big coupe’s 624). Mansory thought it’d fix that by juicing it up to 740bhp. However, being such a heavy lump, all that extra power only improves the 0-62mph time by 0.2 seconds.
There have been some weight-saving efforts, namely use of carbon fibre for the front lip, radiator surround and bonnet. But considering the standard car weighs 2.5 tonnes, it’s perhaps akin to throwing a couple of deck chairs from the side of the Titanic.
It may be subtle by Mansory standards, but there is still some loud styling. At the front, there are new air intakes filled with proper ‘LOOK AT ME!’ LED daytime running lights. To the side, more sculpted side skirts. At the back, a rather neat flick of a roof spoiler on the rear deck lid. The whole car now sits on stonking 22-inch rims cloaked in high-performance rubber from Vredestein.
Now, we know the boys down in Goodwood know a thing or two about making a decent interior. But Mansory thinks it knows better. Inside, more exotic materials like brushed aluminium, carbon fibre and burl wood can be applied to the dashboard. You can even get your pet’s name or an inspirational Instagram quote embroidered into the floor mats and headrests, too.