Sunday, May 21, 2017

Rolls-Royce turns suicide doors' dark past into an elegant tradition

At The Verge, we recognize that great design is about paying attention to the details. Here we call out just one thing, a design element we appreciate on the cars we test drive that is brilliant, simple, or a mere marvel.

When I drove the Rolls-Royce Dawn, I was smitten by many of its fine details: cashmere headlining, lambswool floor mats, the retractable Spirit of the Ecstasy adorning the hood. But if I had to pick to one element that gives this cabriolet a stately presence, it’s the British brand’s choice to include doors hinged at the rear that swing out in a dramatic flourish. Rolls-Royce calls the distinctive design choice “the coach door.” But I prefer the iconic pop cultural terminology: the suicide door.

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