Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet: the Roaring Twenties are back

Published: 12 March 2020

► New Goodwood roadster
► Only has seats for two
► Official sketches released

Sustainability might well have become a watchword that Generation X no longer has a monopoly on, but that hasn’t dissuaded Rolls-Royce from announcing an enormous V12-propelled two-seater roadster.

Evoking the frivolous spirit associated with high-end gallivanting a century ago, these teaser sketches are the first images the Goodwood-based luxury motor car manufacturer has released of the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection.

Hang on, the Dawn’s a four-seater?

You’re right. Opt for the standard Dawn – not that the S-word is countenanced within Royce HQ – and you do indeed have a luxury drophead coupe for four. But the 50-off Silver Bullet Collection is no ordinary special edition.

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection top view sketch

Usurping the space otherwise occupied by a pair of second row armchairs, Rolls-Royce has integrated an Aero Cowling – a double-bubbled bodywork extension that visually marries the tapered tail of the Dawn with the front seats. Scour the classified ads and you’ll find a similar-looking option on late-90s Renault Megane Cabriolets.

Nestled between the leather-wrapped bulges is a silver-coloured panel that unfurls between the seats to reveal a vapour-blasted titanium plinth – just because – with the Silver Bullet legend engraved upon it.

What else makes the Silver Bullet special?

Rolls-Royce’s customary coyness – and lack of actual photos of the car – means very little else is confirmed at this stage about the Silver Bullet’s technical credentials, so expect it to run the already familiar 563bhp 6.6-litre petrol-guzzling powerplant.

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection rear three-quarter Art Deco

What we do know is that the bodywork is finished in a bespoke ultra-metallic silver paint, presumably brimming with extra flake content, and contrasted by a darker finish to both the front bumper and alloy wheels.

Climb aboard and the additional quilted hide on the transmission tunnel is competing for attention with open-pore carbonfibre panels in place of the traditional timber panel work. This sounds daringly gauche, but the company line is it will reflect the eccentricity of the clientele vying to secure a Silver Bullet.

What price such rarity?

No word on how much of your trust fund will need to be divested to fund your special Dawn purchase as yet, but expect it to be significantly north of the £282,000 required for an off-the-peg four-seater variant.

While that buys you relative exclusivity, Rolls-Royce will also curate road trips via its Whisper programme on which you can explore that whole other world in a way the car’s creators intended.

2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection Aero Cowling plinth

By Keith WR Jones

Managing editor of the Bauer Automotive hub and car brochure library owner

Comments