It’s really difficult to describe what it feels like to get behind the wheel of a Rolls-Royce. Although most modern super cars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and the likes are different, they’re all ultimately built for performance and speed in mind. A Rolls-Royce isn’t. Think of Rolls’ cars as the ultimate expression in what a car can be, the last word in perfection if you will. They’re uncompromising pieces of craftsmanship, offering an unrivaled experience. Following the Drophead’s massive success, Rolls-Royce decided to follow it up with the just-as-popular Dawn. I Ride Like A Star offers both of these exquisite vehicles for rent, but they’re slightly different in character as well as style.Think of the Drophead as the big brother. Based on the original Phantom, it’s considered to be a ‘genuine’ Rolls-Royce. One without compromises. Although it’s a bit old-school in feel, it offers the full Rolls experience and a lot more. It is, for all intents and purposes, the original Rolls-Royce convertible which started it all. The Dawn is a much more recent addition to the Rolls-Royce family, and as such, it’s based on the smaller Wraith/Ghost. When we say smaller, we actually mean lighter. The newer Ghost/Wraith/Dawn platform was aimed to appeal to a younger audience, one which is interested in a sportier ride and feel but doesn’t want to sacrifice that sumptuous luxury only a Rolls-Royce can present.
Underneath, there’s practically no difference in the engine bay. They both utilize a 12-cylinder engine with 563 horsepower and 605 lb-ft of torque, with the Dawn running a slightly newer mapping software for increased response. They’ll both officially reach 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and go on to a limited top speed of 155 mph, but through the corners you start noticing the different driving dynamics. The Dawn is slightly shorter, narrower and lower, with a shorter wheelbase as well. It feels a lot more agile and nimble, eager to turn if you will. The steering wheel is bristling with feedback, something one would never expect from a Rolls-Royce. That’s where these two cars differ fundamentally. The Dawn is a car you want to drive a little bit sportier and enjoy yourself, it will play along with you as much as you want it to. The Drophead is the best luxury cruiser in the planet. You forget you’re in a convertible, it feels like a 5-star hotel in the Bahamas. It’s smooth and refined, ironing out even the biggest of bumps and road imperfections.
You really can’t go wrong with either, it’s just a matter of personal preference. Do you want a sportier Rolls-Royce meant to excite you more, or one to help you relax and forget every little worry? If it’s the latter, go for the Drophead. Otherwise, you’ll want the Dawn. We guarantee you’ll have a blast in both, as nothing in this world can offer the experience a Rolls-Royce can.
Author: Stefan Petrov