The engine that powers the Dawn is a huge 6.6-litre V12 that delivers an even-huger 571 horsepower. Despite these supercar-baiting figures, though, don’t go expecting supercar-baiting performance. Yes, the Dawn is extremely fast, much faster than any car weighing two-and-a-half tonnes has any right to be. But, like any Rolls Royce, that pace is unfurled in a way that’s measured and stately, rather than explosive or violent.
You’re pushed along on a seamless wave of forward momentum, and although you’re going very, very quickly and the engine is very responsive, the pickup feels effortless and unhurried, almost nonchalant in fact. Indeed, when you’re accelerating hard and, at the same time, you glance down to a dial on the dashboard that’s telling you far more power is being kept in reserve than is being used, you’re not at all surprised.
Above all, this is an engine that’s much more about smoothness and quietness than it is about outright speed, and it absolutely nails the brief. You have to put serious pressure on the accelerator pedal before you hear the slightest peep from the engine, and even then, you’ll struggle to detect any vibration.
Be careful, though, because the quietness, smoothness and general lack of drama at high speed means it’s very easy to go far too quickly with realising.