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The Rolls-Royce Dawn made its Malaysian premiere earlier this morning, and pricing for the four-seater super-luxury drophead starts from RM4 million on.

The open-top offering is essentially the convertible version of the Ghost-based Wraith coupe, with a name that takes inspiration from the original Silver Dawn drophead models made between 1950 and 1954.

Design-wise, the Dawn maintains timeless Rolls-Royce design principles – a 2:1 wheel height-to-body ratio, a long bonnet, short front overhang, a long rear overhang, an elegant tapering rear graphic and a high shoulder line. The unique coach doors are said to add significantly to the overall strength and stiffness of the body, as they allow the construction of an uninterrupted A-pillar.

It’s a full four-seater – the company states that the Dawn offers no compromise in terms of comfort and luxury for four adults who want to travel together in the pinnacle of style.

The car features 80% unique body panels, new tyres as special fitment for the model as well as a roof that promises the silence of a Wraith when up. The latter is claimed to operate in almost complete silence, and opens and closes in just over 20 seconds at a cruising speed up to 50 km/h.

Speaking of the roof, that on the Dawn is said to be one of the largest canopies to grace a convertible car, and in the RR model range is second only to that of the Phantom Drophead Coupe.

Open-pore Canadel paneling traces the horse-shoe shape of the rear cabin, and the wood on the deck – to be chosen by customers to their individual tastes – flows down the ‘Waterfall’ between the rear seats and around the cabin, clothing the interior door panels. The Malaysian preview unit is finished in a Silver Sand exterior and tan/dark interior.

The Dawn is powered by a twin-turbo 6.6 litre V12 offering 563 hp and 780 Nm of torque, and the mill is mated to an eight-speed ZF gearbox. The driving experience is enhanced by dynamic accelerator pedal mapping that delivers up to 30% increased response at medium throttle. Despite tipping the scales at 2,560 kg, the Dawn does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds, with top speed an electronically-governed 250 km/h.

Equipment includes a Bespoke audio system, which has 16 individually-tuned speakers with both theatre and studio settings. The speaker count includes two bass drivers in the boot and seven tweeters throughout the cabin. Elsewhere, there’s a ìSpirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller, which is essentially an iDrive Touch system dressed-up in RR clothing.

The Rolls-Royce Dawn is set to go on display at the Bangsar Shopping Centre from July 22-24, where it will be available for private viewing.