Rolls-Royce Dawn Turns To The Dark Side With Brutal Black Badge Edition

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The customized luxury convertible packs nearly 600 hp.

Last year, Rolls-Royce revealed the customized Black Badge performance variants of the Wraith and Ghost at the Geneva Motor Show, which were designed to appeal to younger luxury car buyers. Now, the Rolls-Royce Dawn droptop is also getting the bespoke Black Badge treatment. Set to debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week, the Dawn Black Badge Edition is murdered out in black for a meaner look and has received a power boost that befits its sinister name, bringing the output to nearly 600-hp.

Compared to the standard 563-hp model, the 6.6-liter biturboV12 has been upgraded to 593-hp and 620 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to get the luxury convertible from 0–62 mph in 4.9 seconds. The souped-up droptop still falls short of its hardtop counterparts, however. Comparatively, the Wraith Black Badge produces 624-hp and 642 lb-ft of torque, while the Ghost has 603-hp and 620 lb-ft of torque. To give the Dawn Black Edition "a greater feeling of urgency," the eight-speed automatic gearbox and throttle response has been tweaked for a more spirited drive. A new dual-mode exhaust has been fitted which includes a "Low" button in the cabin that creates "a menacing bass baritone."

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Rolls-Royce claims that the droptop's bold exterior has had “most exhaustive painting and polishing process ever used for a solid paint color” to create the "deepest, darkest and most intense black to ever grace a production car surface." Even the Spirit of Ecstasy hasn’t been spared the Black Badge treatment, now finished in dark chrome which has also been applied to the front grille surround, trunk lid finisher, exhaust pipes and air inlet finisher. The roof is only available in black canvas and the deck is finished in black leather. Black leather dominates the interior with contrasting Mandarin orange highlights. The air vents were darkened using a "Physical Vapour Deposition" technique so they never discolor.