Even the least-powerful Black Badge model has 593 horsepower.

Rolls-Royce drops the top on its Black Badge performance range by unveiling a more powerful version of the Dawn at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It joins the Black Badge variants of the Ghost and Wraith. 

Rolls’ engineers boost the droptop’s 6.6-litre biturbo V12 to 593 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque – up from 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque from the standard model. It gets the 2,560 kilogram convertible to 100 kilometres per hour in 4.9 seconds.

Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge

Despite the output improvement, the Wraith is the least-powerful model in the Black Badge range. The hotter version of the Wraith produces 624 hp and 642 lb-ft, and the special variant of the Ghost has 603 hp (450 kW) and 620 lb-ft of torque.

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The Dawn Black Badge’s mechanical upgrades go far beyond just a more potent engine, though. The company introduces a new dual-mode exhaust on the convertible that includes a “Low” button in the cabin that creates “a menacing bass baritone,” according to the company.


Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge

In addition, the firm tunes the eight-speed automatic gearbox and throttle settings for what Rolls calls a greater “feeling of urgency” behind the wheel. A revised suspension setup gives the convertible flatter cornering ability, and there’s a quicker steering rack. The brakes are also an inch larger in diameter.

Aesthetically, the Dawn Black Badge is as dark as a Spinal Tap album cover. Rolls claims that the multiple layers of hand-polished paint and lacquer has the “most exhaustive painting and polishing process ever used for a solid paint colour” and that the shade is the “deepest, darkest, and most intense black to ever grace a production car surface.” The roof features a similarly shadowy hue of dark canvas, and black leather covers the rear deck. For a little shine, dark chrome highlights the Spirit of Ecstasy hood emblem, front grille, exhaust, and trunk trim.

Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge

Inside, the Dawn Black Badge features lots of black leather, but bright Mandarin orange highlights keep the cabin from appearing too dark. The company also uses a coating method called Physical Vapour Deposition on the air vents for creating a dark finish that Rolls claims would “never discolour or tarnish.” As a final interior flourish, Sir Malcolm Campbell’s infinity logo appears on the centre section between the rear seats.

Source: Rolls-Royce

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