Can't wait for a new Dawn? Novitec tries its hand at filling the gap…

By Matt Bird / Monday, December 13, 2021 / Loading comments

Much as not all Rolls-Royces are not born equal, so the same is true for Novitec projects. There’s the regular stuff – if anything out of Novitec can be regular – the N-Largo widebody commissions and the Spofec Rolls-Royces. But there’s the Spofec Overdose cars also, from which Novitec promises a “particularly thrilling and powerful specimen on four king-sized wheels.”

From which you can probably deduce a lot about the latest Spofec Overdose, which is based on the Rolls-Royce Dawn, a car that’s soon to be replaced. With what isn’t clear just yet; logic suggests another drop-top Ghost would follow, following the template of this Dawn, but don’t forget the ‘Spectre’ EV is coming also. What a way to announce the new car a convertible might be…

But that’s for the future. For now we have the Overdose, based on the car that’s been on sale since 2016. The most obvious change, with this being a Novitec car, is the widebody, so make sure the valet knows about that when parking it. Built from carbon fibre, the look is said to be “spectacular” – certainly no arguing with that. As standard the Overdose kit modifies wings, bumpers, and sills; this car also features the optional rear spoiler lip. Novitec doesn’t state exactly how broad the widebody is, but it’s sufficient to make both front and rear lights look almost too small for a four-seat Rolls cabriolet. So it’s going to be massive.

The other modifications are familiar from other Novitec commissions, including the king-sized wheels (22-inch Vossens) and a tickle for the mighty V12. The N-Tronic software module liberates 686hp and 723lb ft, a significant climb from the standard Dawn’s 570hp and 575lb ft, slashing a third of a second from the 0-62mph time. There’s a lowering kit for the air suspension, too, as what’s the point of a widebody and massive wheels if you’re not going to draw attention to it?

The Spofec Overdose Rolls-Royces are notable, finally, for their rarity. No doubt theories will abound as to exactly why just three Dawns like this are being made, but Novitec knows its market; it makes what experience has shown will sell. And you wouldn’t bet against all three being spoken for by the new year. Just expect to pay a little more than the £185k an early Dawn might cost…


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