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Friday, September 11, 2015

Land Yacht Face Off: The Rolls-Royce Dawn vs. the Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet



Say you have just created an app that tells the user what their pet is actually saying or thinking. You’d be a millionaire overnight. You could have your own private island, a jet, and a large boat. Yet, even with all that, you might still be unhappy.
Not because money doesn’t buy you happiness—don’t let anyone fool you, it does—but because you are still riding around in a 1997 Cadillac Seville. Obviously, that needs to change, and what better way to mock the haters on the way to picking up groceries than a magnificently luxurious convertible?


Over the last two weeks, two of the world’s premiere luxury automakers have debuted new drop-top versions of their respective insanely comfortable luxury automobiles. Those of course are Mercedes-Benz and its S-Class Cabriolet, and Rolls-Royce with the Dawn.
Both of these cars are ready for the One Percent, and both of these cars will offer up a luxury that is simply hard to quantify. That said, for the sake of argument, the luxury offered by these two cars is a billion times more luxurious than a new Ford Fiesta. Here’s the dilemma, though—which do you choose?


Now most people will say since you have more money than God, why not choose both? That’s a good question, you certainly have the resources to buy both, but do you really want to be the person that has two different luxury convertibles? That might be a bit tacky, and you’re still trying to recover from the Seville debacle mentioned earlier.

What the Rolls-Royce has going for it is interior craftsmanship. According to one of our editors, Jeff Perez: “The beautiful thing about all these uber luxurious features like the wood paneling and fresh leather is knowing that it took someone at the Rolls-Royce factory a very long time to get it just right.” That precise attention to detail is exactly what makes a Rolls a Rolls.


It seems like an easy choice then. And with that, we can infer that after reading that last quote, you’re ready to send Rolls-Royce a blank check for the new Dawn. But hold on, because the S-Class is definitely worth a second glance.

“If you’re looking for a way to transform your image, then the Mercedes S550 coupe might be the perfect vehicle for you….The S550 is coated in red leather from top to bottom. If Mercedes hasn’t perfected the art of red leather, show me someone that has.” Mercedes knows how to do interior luxury just as well as Rolls-Royce.


After all is said and done, which do you choose though? The new Rolls-Royce Dawn, or the Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet? It all really comes down to a question of whether or not you believe you should be driven in a Rolls-Royce or not. For us, the peak of luxury is having a driver do all the hard bits while you relax in the back.

 And given that both of these cars don’t exactly have spacious rear seats, it thereby negates what a Rolls-Royce really stands for. However, you can get an AMG S-Class Cabriolet, and that definitely begs to be driven.

For us then, we’d have the Mercedes. It offers similar levels of uber luxury, amazing performance, and the ability to go from “bland to ballin” in about 20 seconds as the roof fades away.