What began as a sinister sub-brand on the Ghost and Wraith, the Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge has arrived with a heart of darkness. Every surface is covered in several coats of lacquer and polished by hand. To emphasize just how dark this car can get, Rolls-Royce even finished the Spirit of Ecstasy in a black chrome. Inside the example of the revealed Dawn Black Badge is black leather with Mandarin highlights.
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Multiple layers of black fabric fold away to reveal a deck lid covered in black leather. Threads of aircraft-grade aluminum are woven into carbon fiber and formed into a new material for interior trim. Engineers have enhanced Dawn’s 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine in order to draw out 30 more horsepower and 15 more lb-ft of torque. This results in a total output of 593 horsepower and 620 lb-ft of torque. In addition to the added power, Rolls-Royce has also installed a new exhaust system that can be altered via a low button, which Rolls-Royce states
celebrates the “hallmark V12 engine with a menacing bass-baritone, announcing its arrival with authority rather than hysteria.” The car’s steering has also been quickened, the transmission settings have been remapped and the brakes are now larger. The goal of the Black Badge is to appeal to a younger audience. Buyers who reject the status quo and who do not conform to the usual luxury demographic will appreciate this option.
2018 Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge Specs
Engine: 6.6-liter Twin-Turbo V12
Torque: 620 lb-ft
0-60: 4.6 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph
Transmission: 8-speed automatic