Dark night rises: Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge revealed at Goodwood 2017 | CAR Magazine

Dark night rises: Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge revealed at Goodwood 2017

Published: 28 June 2017

► RR Dawn Black Badge
► It’s very black…
► …and on show at Goodwood

Rolls-Royce’s latest Black Badge model has been revealed. This time, the Dawn convertible has undergone the almost gangsta’-level upgrade and has been revealed to the public at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

For those who don’t know, the Rolls-Royce Black Badge series is considered to be the posh brand’s ‘alter ego’. Rollers that are festooned with the Black Badge label are meant to attract a younger audience and have just a little more shove under the long bonnet. So much so that the Dawn Black Badge has 30bhp more than a regular Dawn and looks like something out of a rap music video.

Another Black Badge attribute is that the whole car is, well… black. A multi-layer gloss paint finish is accompanied by massive black alloy wheels and a canvas roof in the same colour. Even the usual wood decking used to hide the roof mechanism is replaced by black leather.

Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge interior

If you look a little closer, you’ll find that the Dawn’s huge grille is finished in black chrome, along with the exhaust pipes and trim on the tailgate.

The interior apparently echoes ‘production techniques for stealth aircraft’ and includes ‘aircraft-grade aluminium and carbon fibre trim. The finest black cowhide is complemented by orange inlays and piping on the seats.

Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge rear seats

Despite the V12 engine’s 593bhp power output and 619lb ft torque figure, the Dawn’s performance figures are still rated the same; 0-62mph still takes 4.9 seconds and the top speed is limited 155mph.

For those wealthy enough to even get a look in, Rolls-Royce is taking orders for its Dawn Black Badge models. For the rest of us peasants, we’ll only be fortunate enough to catch it at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Check out our African adventure in a Rolls-Royce Dawn here 

Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge overhead

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches