My taxi driver was slightly perturbed. "Pearl Island? Are you sure it exists?" 

It does, but it's a postal code familiar to the select few whose idea of a weekend getaway doesn't involve jumping on a plane but zipping across to Sentosa island and straight into their waterfront villa.  

High-end car launches tend to take place with plenty of pomp and circumstance, but not this one. For the launch of their new luxury drophead coupé, Rolls-Royce has chosen to go with a more intimate setting. Think a villa — backed with a prestigious address no less — primed to receive the arrival of the Rolls-Royce Dawn.

Rolls Royce Dawn

In this instance, silence certainly speaks louder than words. Watching the roof unfold, it isn't hard to believe that the car's engineers had accomplished what they had set out to do — make the quietest convertible car in the world today. Referred to internally as the 'silent ballet', the entire process of dropping the roof takes no more than 20 seconds, a process underscored by plenty of grace and precision. 

Silent theatrics aside, the Rolls-Royce Dawn impresses with its four-seater space accented with open-pore canadel panelling. Space, it seems, isn't a scarcity for the car. Besides the ability to fit four comfortably, it also has a 320-litre boot space that fits up to two full-sized golf bags. 

Rolls Royce Dawn

  1. Speaking about the launch of the car, Paul Harris, Asia Pacific Regional Director of Rolls-Royce said: "With Dawn's bold and contemporary design, we turn a new chapter in Rolls-Royce's prestigious history, defining what it means to be cool, modern, sexy and luxurious."

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