Sydney was the first Australian city to see the new Rolls-Royce Dawn during a launch last week, and this week it’s Melbourne’s turn to sample the new luxury drophead.
Both the New South Wales and Victorian arrivals follow hot on the heels of the Dawn’s international debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
For Melbourne customers, the local arrival is accompanied by news that Zagame Automotive Group will be the new point of contact through its facility in Richmond.
And those thinking about becoming Rolls-Royce Dawn customers? You’ll need at least $749,000 plus on-road costs to get into one, and that’s before any of the option boxes have been ticked.
The reward will be a car that company CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes describes as “the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built”.
“Our new Rolls-Royce Dawn promises a striking, seductive encounter like no other Rolls-Royce to date, and begins a new age of open-top, super-luxury motoring,” Mr Mueller-Oetvoes said.
“Dawn is a beautiful new motor car that offers the most uncompromised open-top motoring experience in the world. It will be the most social of super-luxury drophead motor cars for those who wish to bathe in the sunlight of the world’s most exclusive social hotspots.”
Under the bonnet is a 6.6 litre twin-turbocharged V12 petrol engine producing 420kW and 780Nm matched with a ZF eight-speed automatic. Despite lugging at least 2560kg around, the Dawn can hit 100km/h from rest in 4.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250km/h.
Fuel consumption, for those buyers concerned, is rated at 14.2 l/100km. The Dawn is 5285mm long, 1502mm high and 1947mm wide with a 3112mm wheelbase.
The interior is an ocean of woodgrain, leather and wool with a ‘2+2’ seating arrangement, covered by a fabric folding roof made up of no less than six layers.
That roof can be lowered in around 22 seconds at speeds of up to 50km/h.
The order book for the 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn in Australia is now open, with prices starting from $749,000 plus on-roads.