Individual liberty; an ideal World is one where every consenting adult is allowed to live their life in whatever way they choose. As long as you do not touch the tip of my nose, feel free to swing your fists however you like. Having said that, I have in mind the Playboy Empire Hugh Hefner! He is the man we all are jealous of. A man we admire and wished we were like inside deep in our hearts! Well, the car here you are looking at is the Rolls Royce Dawn, the quietest convertible car in the World today; the kind of car Hugh Hefner would be driving around Beverly Hills.
As they say, it doesn’t run on the roads, it glides – literally fits perfect for the Dawn. Every Rolls stays true to this quote, but I felt it suits the Dawn perfectly than the bigger Phantom, powerful Wraith and the smaller Ghost.
Dawn is not a Wraith drophead
Rolls Royce want to make sure that the Dawn is not a Wraith drophead. 80% of the exterior body panels of the new Dawn are newly designed. Both cars come equipped with the same 6.6 litre V12 turbo petrol powertrain; but the Wraith(Black Badge) packs more power with 624 horses while the Dawn’s peak power is 563bhp. The peak torque also differs for the Dawn and the Wraith as 780Nm and 870Nm respectively. Well, the slightly higher power and torque figures are accounted for to balance the heavier Wraith. Visually compared with the Ghost, the rear track is 24mm wider while the wheelbase is 180mm shorter than the Ghost giving it a lower and sleeker finish for the rear. Apart from the aforementioned changes, the Spirit of Ecstasy is made up of beautiful crystal in the Dawn and there is even an additional package which allows you to lighten it up.
On the inside: Ever dreamt of a wonderland made up of wood and bulls leather?
Well, running short of words, the interiors are beyond what we can imagine. Connoisseurs of pristine upholstery would rave about the fact that Rolls Royce only uses bull hides for upholstery since female cattle are prone to getting stretch marks during pregnancy. That’s just a glimpse of the impeccable detailing. Also, it takes 8 bulls to upholster a single Rolls Royce, that’s quite a number! Moreover, the bulls whose skin they use for the upholstery are raised in the region of Europe where the climate is too cold for mosquitoes to live – so you get blemish-free and cottony-soft seats to lay on! Look at our test car! The blue and white combination along with dark brown wood in between looks spectacular.
Here's some advice: Don't park the Dawn with the top down unless you are ready to talk to your neighbours until 12pm. They'll come a-knocking, begging rides. And during those rides, other travellers will shout questions at you. From their moving cars!
In the cabin, the Dawn is equipped with all the accoutrements you might expect of an ultra-luxury vehicle with access to BMW’s parts bin, including a touchpad with character recognition for text entry into the navigation system (basically a really beautiful iDrive controller), heads-up display, and dynamic cruise control.
A full 4 seater and the quietest convertible car on the planet!
Rolls Royce made the Dawn as a soft top resulting in making the car full four seater. The Dawn offers the same 36.9 inches of rear leg room available in the Wraith. What’s really impressive about the Dawn convertible is its ultra-silent and fast transmission. Operating in complete silence, the six-layer roof opens up in just 22 seconds and at cruising speeds of up to 50km/h. Rolls-Royce claims the Dawn is the quietest open top car ever made. Its tailored roof reportedly prevents air flow over to create any noticeable wind noise. The car’s bespoke audio system is also designed to stop any noise disruptions that may occur while the roof is down. This was clear in the sound quality while cruising around Downtown.
Driving the Dawn is not just lust, it’s pure romance!
The 6.6 litre V12 is absolute bliss. The sound of nothingness even when the top is down and the exceptional ride quality is as always Rolls Royce level. Rolls Royce has made an excellent chassis with a good amount of torsional rigidity despite the fact that the Dawn is a convertible. A small thud on the throttle will help you glide through highways carefree and this has been enhanced by an accelerator that delivers 30 percent increased response at medium throttle resulting in the smoothest feeling of rush, speed and power of the 563 horses under the hood. The romance is further enhanced with Satellite Aided Transmission which comes as standard in the Dawn. 100kmph comes in 4.9 seconds and the Dawn is capable of gliding all the way up to 250kmph (limited).
The perfect car for Playboy Mansion
With gorgeous looks inside and out, which can be a threat for your privacy since you will get lots of questions from passers-by, the Dawn has a romantic characteristic, be it in terms of ride quality, design or interiors. The Dawn is the kind of car which exudes individual liberty for people who love and follow their own style in a distinctive manner! And of course, with a car like the Dawn, you get direct entry into the Playboy Mansion!
|Type||6.6 Litre V12 Twin Turbo Petrol|
|Power||563bhp @ 5250rpm|
|Torque||780Nm @ 1500-5000rpm|
|Layout||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Top Speed||250kmph (limited)|
|Price||AED 1.3 million INR 6.25 Crores|
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Renault has finally revealed its stylish crossover for India - the Captur, which is being readied for a launch next month.Design
The design language states that the Captur looks entirely different from the Duster. The swooping surfaces, curved panels and wide stance. The soft lines are pleasant to behold while the crystal-cut 17-inch wheels add to the stylish design. The sculpted bumpers boast of LED DRLs that are shaped in a 'C'. Headlamps and tail lamps are full LED as well. We think the Captur has a very likable persona about it, given just how different its design is in its segment.
The butterfly-shaped instrument cluster sports a huge digital speedometer in the middle, with a tachometer and a fuel gauge. It also gets ambient LED lighting for the interiors, and the wavey dashboard design theme shouts French flair. The panoramic windscreen gives you a great view from the inside. Two-tone, white-and-black look rather classy with headroom and legroom being pretty good; it also gets rear air-conditioning.Features
A host of goodies like dual front airbags, ABS and EBD, brake assist, iPod functionality through USB, Bluetooth and a few other connectivity options that can be operated via a 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system. It also gets integrated maps and navigation.
Under the bonnet, the Captur gets a 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine that makes 110hp, while the 1.5-litre petrol engine 106hp and 142Nm of torque. The former is synced to a 6-speed manual, while the latter gets a 5-speed manual, with power being sent to the front wheels; however, expect an AWD version at a later stage.
Expect a price tag of about Rs 15 lakh, which is pretty competitive and will immediately draw buyers who may have their sights set on rivals like the Creta, Compass and XUV500. The Captur is stylish, robust and hugely capable, but misses out on the basic needs of today like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Ever since founded in 1909, Bugatti has been notorious for uncommon vehicles that are faster and world-beaters and no body would even come close to them in terms of performance. The successor of Veyron, Chiron, offers nearly 50% more power than supercars such as the McLaren P1, and a top whack of over 260mph.
A main rival for the Chiron comes from Swedish hypercar maker Koenigsegg as the Agera RS is almost identical to the Bugatti in terms of performance, yet costs half a million pounds less. Both cars were on news recently for breaking production car speed records - but which one takes the crown?
The Bugatti Chiron is powered by an 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine that delivers 1,479 bhp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque – 300 bhp and 80 lb-ft more than its predecessor, the extreme Veyron Super Sport. Drive is sent to all-four wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, while a torque vectoring system manages power distribution.
It aids the 1,995 kg hyper machine to generate more grip in corners by reducing the understeer. Right off the factory, the Chiron has a limited top speed of 261mph but that could increase at a later time of its lifespan. On the other hand, the Koenigsegg Agera RS features a mid-mounted 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 motor that outputs 1,160 bhp and 1,735 lb-ft of torque at 4,100r pm.
As similar to the Chiron, the Agera RS gets a seven-speed automatic gearbox but power is only sent to the rear axle. Tipping the weighing scale at just 1,395 kg, the Agera RS is also a massive 600 kilos lighter than the nearly French hypercar and it makes a whole lot of difference.
Make no mistake, as the Agera RS is the more hardcore and track-focused vehicle of the two with everything aimed at increasing performance. It comprises of slew of lightweight carbon fibre winglets, to generate huge amounts of downforce, high-tech active rear spoiler to either increase the car’s grip around corners or to help achieve a greater top speed.
On the inside though the Chiron excels as the Agera RS comes with infotainment system with satnav and an MP3 player built in, a USB connector, switch to raise and lower ride height, etc. The Bugatti Chiron is packed with luxurious interior with high quality materials, exquisite finishes and touches explaining the added weight comparatively.
The Chiron gets a traditional analogue speedometer and pair of TFT (Thin Film Transistor) crystal displays on either side of the speedo among several other entertainment and connectivity elements. The Chiron, with Juan Pablo Montoya behind the wheel, completed 0-400-0 in 41.96 seconds and set the world record.
Despite boasting with a 42 numbered limited edition Chiron at the Frankfurt Motor Show, its record short-lived as Koenigsegg did the same feat five seconds quicker than the mighty Chiron. The latter is expected to go the next step and go for production car top speed record, currently held by Hennessey Venom at 270 mph, in the near future.