Rolls-Royce Black Badge

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Make sure to catch the new Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, starting from June 30th! The example that Rolls-Royce will be bringing to Goodwood this year is finished in a dark shade of black that consists of six coats of lacquer, which is then hand-polished.

The solid black paint is made up of multiple layers and lacquers to create the "deepest, darkest and most intense black to ever grace a production auto surface", according to the brand.

As with other Black Badge creations, Rolls-Royce isn't afraid to let drivers engage in some spirited antics. The "Double R" badge colors have also been flipped from black on silver to silver on black, representing the brand's sinister Black Badge "alter ego".

Accompanying the black-painted body is a black canvas roof, which "opens in a "Silent Ballet" to allow in the sounds of the night", along with a rear deck that is finished in black leather.

Rolls-Royce's press releases are almost as much fun as the company's cars.

This transformation to a darker aesthetic extends to some chrome surfaces including the front grille surround, boot lid finisher, exhaust pipes and air inlet finisher. All this means that the Dawn Black Badge can achieve a nippy 0-62mph in 4.9 sec, and an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.

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The interior apparently echoes "production techniques for stealth aircraft" and includes 'aircraft-grade aluminium and carbon fibre trim.

The Black Badge won't just be an appearance package: Rolls-Royce found an additional 30 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque sitting unused somewhere in the bowels of the 6.6-liter V12, with this version tuned to produce a stout 593 hp and 619 lb-ft.

At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show Rolls-Royce first showed their Black Badge line on the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Wraith models, a bespoke trim oriented at a younger and more dynamic generation of buyers. The mapping of the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission has been rewritten so that it shifts down a little more urgently, to give you appreciable engine braking into corners.

It's not just orange accents - there are also suspension and steering changes for flatter cornering.

Mechanically (nearly forgot) there's a new more assertive exhaust system that is deployed at the press of a button.

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