Rolls-Royce Dawn Muscles Up With Widebody And More Power
16 November 2017 - motor1
A tuner's take on making the Dawn even more opulent.
Part of the Novitec Group, Spofec specializes on modifying just about all Rolls-Royce models and gets its name from the first letters of Spirit Of Ecstasy, the elegant ornament that graces the hood of every luxury car built in Goodwood. After fiddling with the Dawn back in September last year, the tuner is back with a new tuning project that makes the lavish convertible a sight to behold.
While the original aftermarket program tailored to the Dawn brought only a few subtle changes, this one is more comprehensive as it comes along with a widebody kit made from carbon fiber. The wheel arches have been enlarged and can accommodate a massive 22-inch set of alloys created specifically for what Spofec calls the "Overdose" tuning package. The air suspension had to be adapted in order to get along with the bigger wheels.
The bulging fenders have widened the Dawn by 13 centimeters (5.1 inches) at the front axle and there are new rocker panels (with an air intake on each side) creating a smooth transition from the front to the rear of the car. Both front and rear bumpers have been changed and a carbon fiber spoiler lip can be noticed at the back.
Because the Rolls-Royce Dawn with its biturbo V12 engine was obviously underpowered, Spofec decided to extract more muscle and now the 6.6-liter mill is capable of delivering 686 hp (505 kW) and a monstrous 723 lb-ft (980 Nm). It's good enough for a sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in 4.6 seconds or three tenths of a second sooner than a standard Dawn. The electronic top speed limiter is still in place, which means drivers won't be able to go beyond 155 mph (250 kph). Talk about first world problems...
To keep it exclusive, Spofec mentions only eight cars will ever receive the Overdose treatment.