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Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge gets 593bhp

28 June, 2017, 20:26 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge

The iconic Spirit of Ecstasy has been finished in black chrome, while the "Double R" Rolls-Royce badges have been inverted in colour.

For starters the 6.6-litre, twin-turbo V12 has been tweaked to produce an extra 30hp over the standard vehicle, bringing the total to 600hp.

The Rolls Royce Black Badge comes with a wheelbase of 3112mm and measures 5285mm in length, 5285mm in width and 1502mm in height.

The first example, to be presented at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed, is finished, needless to say, in a deeply intense shade of black, created by multiple layers of solid colour and clear coat, individually applied and hand-buffed in what the maker says is its most labour-intensive finish yet for a non-metallic paint finish.

Fundamental changes to suspension settings and components also ensure an appropriate balance between Rolls-Royce comfort and driver focus, felt in flatter cornering at high speeds. Rollers that are festooned with the Black Badge label are meant to attract a younger audience and have just a little more shove under the long bonnet. "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".

Given that it is a still Rolls-Royce, the Dawn Black Badge goes beyond just a powerful engine. With the Black Badge series, Rolls-Royce's cars are now appealing to the younger generation like never before, including myself. Mechanical improvements for the Dawn also include a new dual-mode exhaust with "Low" button in the cabin for "a menacing bass baritone", according to Rolls-Royce. Even the usual wood decking used to hide the roof mechanism is replaced by black leather.

The steering rack has been quickened and re-engineered for better feedback, whilst tweaks to the transmission and throttle mapping result in "an enhanced feeling of urgency".

As a guide, the Wraith Black Badge costs around £35k more than the regular Wraith, so expect the Dawn Black Badge to start at around £300,000.

Boot Volume: (DIN) 244ltr - 295ltr / 8.6 ft³ - 10.4 ft³.

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