Did you ever think you’d live long enough to see a Rolls Royce SUV? Enter: the Cullinan, probably the most opulent, stylish and incredible luxury SUV anywhere in the world. In fact, it’s so luxurious, they’ve had to come up with a new category name for it – XUV (the ‘X’ is for luxury).
On the outside
From your very first glance, you are bound to be instantly in awe of this machine. It has a huge, powerful and confident outer design with distinct nods to its close relative, the Rolls Royce Phantom. You get 21” wheels as standard, as well as electric door closing function, an electronically deployed tow bar, and all the magnificent lines and sense of grandeur that you would demand from the Rolls Royce Brand. The Spirit of Ecstasy sits proudly on the bonnet, with the trademark front grille and headlight design sitting just below it all.
On the inside
Two words — opulence and detail. Every inch of the Cullinan’s interior oozes craftsmanship and style. There’s barely an inch of unsightly plastic to be seen, with all surfaces and finishes being made of leather, metal and optional super-soft lambswool for carpets. As a driver or a front passenger, you sit in massage seats covered in the most decadent and sumptuous leather you’ll ever touch. There’s also around 560 litres of boot space, and electric-powered rear- seat folding that you can control from the boot, too. Rolls Royce really do think of everything. There are even premium-quality umbrellas built into the doors!
The brand has more than a century of history, but the tradition of tech integration is alive and well at Goodwood. There’s a 360-degree camera that helps with parking, and the infotainment is powered by the BMW iDrive. You also have the option to install a rear entertainment system for passengers which keeps those in the back amused on long journeys. The Cullinan is also built with anti-roll bars, hill-descent control, and a suspension system that uses front cameras to detect the road ahead and automatically adjusts itself to suit the road conditions.
The driver experience
The Cullinan is powered by a 6.75L twin-turbo V12 engine that delivers 570hp and 850Nm of torque. It’s a lot of car to drive on the road, especially smaller roads, but it handles exceptionally well and has keen, responsive brakes. There’s also an incredible layer of insulation that reduces road noise to make a comfortable and quiet ride.
Take luxury driving to new heights (literally) with the Rolls Royce Cullinan. It also comes in an exclusive “Black Badge Edition” which includes many additional stylistic and power upgrades. The Spirit of Ecstasy lives on, and it now comes in XUV form.