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Rolls Royce Cullinan Revealed

Rolls Royce Cullinan Revealed

Rolls Royce has finally revealed its anticipated first SUV, the Cullinan. Aptly named after the largest diamond ever discovered, this SUV is the epitome of luxury and in a league all its own.

The Cullinan is based on the new aluminum ‘Architecture of Luxury’ platform that also underpins the Phantom. The similar bones is somewhat obvious within the Cullinan’s design, which is undisputedly Rolls. The variance comes in what Rolls Royce describes as an “all-terrain, high-bodied car.”

Indeed, the Cullinan does look similar to a sedan, just higher up. The added height stems in part from a reworked version of Rolls’ Magic Carpet Ride suspension setup. The self-leveling air suspension system features larger air struts and more air volume, as well as stronger drive and prop shafts. When engaged in off-road driving, Cullinan’s active damper adjustment system will use an air compressor to actively push down any wheel it detects losing traction.

Powering all four wheels will be Rolls Royce’s familiar twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V-12 that’s been slightly reworked to offer 563 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. The high level of power will be needed to propel this beast. The Cullinan comes in at 210 inches long and weighs about 5,800 pounds.

While the aluminum chassis is helping shed mass, the high level of luxury content certainly isn’t. Customers will be able to select between two rear seat configurations; a bench “lounge” seat and “individual” seats. Cullinan also offers a deployable glass partition that isolates the cabin from the luggage compartment.

Of course, layered in with all of the luxury is a host of high-tech content. Cullinan will offer night vision, vision assist, active cruise control, a four-camera viewing system, WiFi hotspot, head-up display and many other gadgets to satisfy the most discerning clients.

The first Rolls Royce SUV is expected to come in at $320,000. Customers will be able to drive that price even higher thanks to a host of customization options.

 





 

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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. 2b2
    offroad?

    how about buying a cabin in the wilderness?

    ...on 1,000 prime acres
    Tone
    donmateo
    I'd buy a Defender and rebuild it for off-road ...


    Now, that's more like it. Seriously, if I had RR money and wanted an off-roader, I'd be much more tempted by the restomod approach that Jonathan Ward takes at ICON than a Rolls or a Bentley.
    donmateo
    Tone
    I've got to admit -- I don't get 'practical' cars in this price range (sedans or CUVs). It's like a really, really nice version of something mundane. Honestly, if I had this kind of scratch, I'd have a Jeep or Range Rover for my leisure activities and a range of interesting cars (vintage sports and muscle cars, an exotic or two) to fulfil my vehicular passions.

    But, the rich aren't like you and me (unless you are one of the super rich who can buy a $300K CUV without even thinking about it!)


    I am not currently haha I was simply saying that for the money, I think the Bentayga is a better looking vehicle. I'd buy a Defender and rebuild it for off-road and a McLaren for fun if I had money like that to blow. That's just me, though.
    Tone
    donmateo
    I'd rather a Bentayga any day over this.


    I've got to admit -- I don't get 'practical' cars in this price range (sedans or CUVs). It's like a really, really nice version of something mundane. Honestly, if I had this kind of scratch, I'd have a Jeep or Range Rover for my leisure activities and a range of interesting cars (vintage sports and muscle cars, an exotic or two) to fulfil my vehicular passions.

    But, the rich aren't like you and me (unless you are one of the super rich who can buy a $300K CUV without even thinking about it!)
    donmateo
    Andrew_L
    There are better looking luxury SUVs out there my money would be elsewhere.


    I'd rather a Bentayga any day over this.
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