Rolls-Royce Paints the Dawn an Extra Dark Shade of Black

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

Rolls-Royce has shown off the new Dawn Black Badge special edition ahead of its official debut at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

As the name suggests, the Dawn Black Badge is set apart from the ‘regular’ Dawn with a special black exterior color and various black components. The multi-layer exterior paint was fastidiously applied and polished by hand, resulting in “the deepest, darkest and most intense black to ever grace a production car surface.” The convertible’s canvas top is also black and is joined by a black leather rear deck.

Rather than bright chrome, Rolls-Royce elected to use a special black chrome for the exterior trim and its iconic ‘Spirit of Ecstacy’ hood ornament. The ‘Double R’ badge colors have also been flipped from black on silver to silver on black, representing the brand’s sinister Black Badge “alter ego.”

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The dark theme continues in the cabin with black leather upholstery and Mandarin orange contrasting accents. Carbon fiber trim also adorns the dash and other surfaces, but this being Rolls-Royce, it’s not the kind of carbon you’d find in something like a BMW M3. It was woven together using threads of aircraft grade aluminum, which was then bonded in carbon fiber and hand-polished to a mirror-like finish.

The Dawn Black Badge is the third such model from the British luxury automaker, arriving after the Ghost Black Badge and Wraith Black Badge. The brand says Black Badge “is an alter-ego for our marque that captivates the disrupters, the innovators and those that accept no limitations.

If you’re a disruptor or innovator (or if you just like the car) Rolls-Royce says theDawn Black Badge is available for immediate order.

Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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