Rolls-Royce Dawn gets Black Badge

Rolls Royce Dawn Black Badge Front Doors Open

The Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge will make its official world debut at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month.

Rolls-Royce has revealed its latest Black Badge series, applying the more youthful treatment to the Dawn convertible. The multi-layer exterior paint was fastidiously applied and polished by hand, resulting in "the deepest, darkest and most intense black to ever grace a production vehicle surface".

Like the recent Wraith coupe and short wheelbase Ghost, the Black Badge lends a meaner look for the drop-top boulevard cruiser and engineering tweaks aimed to improve the driving experience. Not to spoil the surprise, but quite a few exterior elements will be finished in black including the grille, exhaust pipes and even the Spirit of Ecstasy.

The folding roof is only available in black fabric, while the rear deck is finished in black leather.

For those who don't know, the Rolls-Royce Black Badge series is considered to be the posh brand's "alter ego". The attention to detail is unbelievable, higher levels of black leather are complimented by Mandarin orange accents and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Official: Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge

"Standing as a truly bespoke response to the desires of a new breed of entrepreneur, Black Badge has already distinctly amplified the characters of Ghost and Wraith motor cars, placing them into consciousness of those that seek a commanding presence in the objects they commission", Rolls-Royce says in a British accent.

The interior apparently echoes "production techniques for stealth aircraft" and includes 'aircraft-grade aluminium and carbon fibre trim.

As for what's under the hood - it's essentially a Dawn going through an angsty phase, so you get the same authoritative 6.6-litre twin turbocharged V12 with an extra 22kW to bring the grand total to 442kW. The mapping of the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission has been rewritten so that it shifts down a little more urgently, to give you appreciable engine braking into corners. Our favorite detail is the arrival of a switchable exhaust system including a Low button for added theater.

The British auto maker claims to have tuned the suspension - considering it's aimed at a sprightlier audience than the one Rolls-Royce usually courts, we imagine they've chose to firm everything up.

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