2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn

$356,500 - $428,050
Price Range (MSRP)
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2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Review: Decadence At Its Best

Not all six-figure, two-door cars are designed to break the sound barrier. Some are built to do the opposite, and be whisper quiet. The Rolls-Royce Dawn is one such vehicle. Powered by a mammoth 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine, the Dawn is what Rolls-Royce calls its "sexiest" offering. It has an impressive level of performance, with the powerplant producing up to 593 horsepower and 620 lb-ft of torque - but that's not the focus. The Dawn is about being spirited from one extravagant location to the next in sublime comfort and style - the fact that you can do so at 155 mph is simply a bonus. Is it enough of a bonus to justify its $350,000 price tag? Probably not, but perhaps the lambswool floor mats are.

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2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2019 Dawn?

The Dawn carries over from 2019 with no changes other than a new dark brushed metal interior trim option that is added to the catalog.

Pros and Cons

  • Outstanding ride quality
  • Smooth engine
  • Numerous available options
  • Ultimate badge snobbery
  • Luxurious finishings
  • Small trunk
  • Infotainment system is too obviously BMW-sourced
  • Excessive body roll in hard corners

What's the Price of the 2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn?

Base pricing is listed at $346,300, before a destination charge of $2,750. Opting for the Black Badge variant will set you back an additional $50,000 or so, and fully loaded, it's not inconceivable to pay close to half a million dollars for a truly custom Rolls-Royce Dawn.

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2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
6.6L Twin-Turbo V12 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Dawn Black Badge
6.6L Twin-Turbo V12 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
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2020 Dawn Exterior

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  • Length 208.5 in
  • Wheelbase 122.5 in
  • Height 59.1 in
  • Max Width 76.7 in
  • Front Width 63.7 in
  • Rear Width 65.5 in
  • Curb Weight 5,644.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Metropolitan Blue
  • Burnout Gray
  • Galileo Blue
  • Obsidian
  • Sapphire Gunmetal
  • Silver Sand
  • Iced Gunmetal
  • Iced English White
  • Iced Selby Grey
  • Iced Black Diamond
  • Iced Madeira Red
  • Iced Silver Haze
  • Iced Twilight Purple
  • Iced Midnight Sapphire
  • Iced Premier Silver
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2020 Dawn Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    6.6L Twin-Turbo V12 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

Handling and Driving Impressions

Despite such an otherworldly and obsessive focus on ultimate comfort, the Dawn is surprisingly enjoyable to drive through the bends, with accurate and eager steering that is light enough to operate with one finger. It's not the type of enjoyment you get from driving a Porsche 911, and the Dawn cannot hide its weight, but it brings a smile to your face nonetheless. Naturally, there's a fair amount of body roll, but smooth driving is rewarded. The brakes are capable of slowing the hefty vehicle quickly, too, but retain easy modulation so that the supermodel next to you doesn't spill her Dom Perignon. In the Black Badge variant, the steering rack is quicker, the brakes bigger, and the transmission and throttle sharpened slightly, but you can still smash most bumps without much noticeable effect on ride comfort. At the end of the day, the Dawn, whichever variant you opt for, will coddle and cosset you, but if you want something similarly luxurious yet agile and sporty, the people at Bentley will be happy to take an order for a Continental.

2020 Dawn Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.5 in
  • Front Head Room 40.1 in
  • Rear Leg Room 36.9 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.9 in

2020 Dawn Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    9.2 ft³

2020 Dawn Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Corrosion:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn A Good car?

At the outset, we questioned if the Dawn was worthy of its exceptionally lofty price tag. What we failed to mention was that the car is not fully equipped from the factory, and the price tag for a fully comprehensive package is even higher. Nevertheless, at this stratospheric level of opulence and luxury, such pedestrian concerns like money are of no concern. Even if you do want to justify where the money goes, the impeccable finishings, exceedingly brilliant ride, and effortlessly powerful engine are evidence that your money would be well spent here. The only foibles we have are with the infotainment system, which could use a unique stylization interface, and the handling, which is slightly wallowy with aggressive driving. In all other respects, the Dawn is excellent. Besides, who cares when a land yacht intentionally handles like one? Not the people who can afford to park on the Monaco waterfront.

What Rolls-Royce Dawn Model Should I Buy?

If you can afford to buy a Rolls-Royce Dawn, you likely have an idea of what you'd like it to look like and what features you'd want. More importantly, you can afford to add expensive options to the car. Thus, we'd recommend going all out and splurging on lambswool floor mats, plus ventilated and massaging seats to complement the standard quad-zone climate control. We'd also opt for the uprated sound system to truly drown out any wind noise with the top down. Finally, we'd elect to make our Dawn as safe and as convenient as possible by equipping all available driver aids.

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Comparisons

Rolls-Royce Wraith Rolls-Royce
Bentley Continental GT Convertible Bentley
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Rolls-Royce Dawn563 hp12/18 mpg$356,500
Rolls-Royce Wraith 624 hp12/18 mpg$330,000
Bentley Continental GT Convertible 542 hp15/22 mpg$259,200

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn vs Rolls-Royce Wraith

The Dawn is essentially a drop-top version of the Wraith, a car that was widely hailed as an impressively sporty Rolls, and a bit of a departure from regular form for the Goodwood-based brand. So which one should you get? Although money is no object at this level, it's worth noting that the Wraith is around $25,000 more affordable than the Dawn. In addition, it has a marginally bigger gas tank, a much larger trunk (16.6 cubic feet to be exact), and even more power. The Wraith produces more power than even the Black Badge version of the Dawn, with 624 hp. In addition, because you have a proper roof, handling is improved and you get a man-made constellation of stars in the headliner. That last feature is worth the buy alone.

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2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn vs Bentley Continental GT Convertible

Not everyone wants a whisper-quiet ride and suspension so soft that it feels like you're floating. That's where something like the Bentley Continental GT Convertible comes in, or GTC as it is more commonly known. Bentley has a colorful racing heritage, and they reflect that with capable and sharp sports cars that are still exceedingly luxurious and over-engineered. In the unlikely event that you can only afford to choose one of these, the Bentley is far more budget-friendly, with a base price of $222,700. Despite being smaller, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 in the Continental GTC is barely behind the output of the Rolls, managing 542 hp. However, the real reason you'd choose the Bentley has nothing to do with numbers, but everything to do with how it drives. The Bentley is far sharper and more engaging, and in our books, it's prettier too. That said, ultimate luxury has been perfected by the people at Rolls-Royce, so it depends on what you're after.

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