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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has officially christened its upcoming convertible, likely a variant of the Wraith, the Rolls-Royce Dawn. Slated to make its debut early next year, the 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn was unveiled to an audience comprised of representatives from the marque’s 130 dealer networks around the world.

“Our new Rolls-Royce Dawn promises a striking, seductive encounter like no other Rolls-Royce to date,” comments CEO, Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes. “Dawn is a beautiful new open-top motor car with a name that suggests the fresh opportunities that every new day holds – an awakening, an opening up of one’s senses and a burst of sunshine,” added Torsten.

The ‘Dawn’ nameplate was first employed 1949 to only 28 units – produced between 1950 and 1954. The Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn (pictured below) was the first model to be sold with a factory-built body. Since then, every single droptop that carried the Dawn nomenclature was coach-built for individual customers.

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While specific details surrounding the 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn remain unknown, spyshots of a prototype, captured as far back as March 2015, indicate that the finished article will not stray from its Ghost/Wraith-inspired looks. Under the bonnet, expect the same mechanicals to be present with a biturbo 6.6 litre V12 engine providing 624 hp and 800 Nm of torque as per the Rolls-Royce Wraith.

Paired to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, the Dawn should hit 100 km/h from a standstill in a little over 4.6 seconds and go on to a top speed of 250 km/h. When it goes on sale, the Dawn is expected to carry a slightly heavier price tag over its fixed-roof counterpart.

GALLERY: 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn spyshots