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Seeing rare and exquisite motoring metal on a Sunday morning perks us up like a mug of Batangas brew. Every weekend we see supercars and sports sedans overtake us on the highway, and they are always good conversation starters.

The Rolls-Royce Dawn is a new convertible we look forward to seeing on Philippine roads. Now on sale in the country, this two-door, four-seater is said to "set the benchmark for super-luxury convertibles."

When it was unveiled at the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Manila showroom, Rolls-Royce Asia Pacific regional sales manager Sven Ritter demonstrated how quiet the Dawn's roof is when it opens. Unfolding in a mere 20 seconds, the mechanism was so quiet its operation was dubbed "Silent Ballet." He also noted that the roof is operational even when the Dawn is moving at 50kph.

Under its long hood is a 6.6-liter V12 engine capable of 562hp and 780Nm. This Rolls-Royce is definitely a car its owners would want to drive themselves. But in case some interested buyers would like to acquire one through fractional ownership, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Manila dealer principal Willy Tee Ten said arrangements can be made.

Targeted at younger customers, the Dawn is said to have notched a record number of pre-orders worldwide. Some tech goodies that the young-at-heart would appreciate are the adaptive LED headlights, navigation system, music interface for smartphones, and driving lights that you may select via a menu.

If you're one of the few who could afford this convertible, do note that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Manila can also bring you to Goodwood, where you can watch your car being built. "You may also design your car there," Willy Tee Ten remarked. Orders take about four to nine months to be delivered, depending on how bespoke customers want their Dawns.

For us mere mortals, we'll just wait for a Dawn sighting on the road. 

Tracy Carpena
Online Managing Editor
Tracy belongs to a family who loves wheels. Take it literally. The clan digs cars, bicycles and yes, even strollers.
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