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29 June 2017, 09:13 | Hattie Nash
Rolls-Royce marquee signing, Dawn Black Badge joins bespoke league [PHOTOS]
Last year, at the Geneva Motor Show 2016, Rolls-Royce unveiled Black Badge, a permanent Bespoke line of cars from the automaker. Meet the Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge, a permanent bespoke interpretation of the Rolls-Royce Dawn.
The solid black paint is made up of multiple layers and lacquers to create the "deepest, darkest and most intense black to ever grace a production vehicle surface", according to the brand. Push the "Low" button and the Dawn Black Badge announces its arrival with a menacing bass rumble that's hard to to ignore. Even the Spirit of Ecstacy mascot gets a whole new attitude in high-gloss black chrome - as do the grille frame, boot lid finisher, exhaust tailpipes and air inlet trim. So in theory, no two Black badge cars will be identical.
How much more black can Rolls-Royce fit in here?
The high-end convertible will be presented at this year's festival in a special black paint, one that the British manufacturer claims is the "deepest, darkest and most intense shade of black to ever grace a production vehicle surface". Rolls Royce also describes the vehicle as being the "most luxurious, social and sensual space from which to take in the night air".
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While the show auto has been tailored to show the Dawn Black Badge's more sinister side, as with the rest of the Rolls-Royce range a full gamut of customisation options is available from the Rolls-Royce Bespoke individual design program.
No, sir, this time Rolls' engineers also took a look under the hood and the open top's 6.6-liter biturbo V12 has been massaged for 593 horsepower (442 kilowatts) and 620 pound-feet (840 Newton-meters) - a healthy increase from 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque for the regular Dawn.
Inside, wood is ditched for a carbon-fibre dash that boast aluminium threads woven through it while black leather is combined with orange highlights to brighten up the cabin. 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.
Rolls has also tightened up the suspension, gearbox, steering, and throttle response, fitted bigger brakes, and equipped it with a variable exhaust system for an altogether sportier feel.
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