The final member of Rolls Royce’s Black Badge family, the Rolls Royce Cullinan is the marque’s next-level interpretation of an SUV. Launched in 2018 it was designed to take Rolls Royce’s reputation for unmatched luxury and interpret it for younger, more adventurous clients. The resulting Cullinan, named after the largest rough-cut diamond ever found, is the darkest and most urban statement from the English car manufacturer to date. If that’s not nominative determinism, we don’t know what is.
The Cullinan’s mix of engineering and comfort has lead to it being called the most luxurious 4 x 4 ever created. It’s hard to disagree.
As comfortable in the Arabian desert as it is the highways of Dubai, the Cullinan is unmistakably a Rolls Royce, despite its SUV design. The imposing body (it’s over 5 meters long and nearly two meters high) packs a serious visual punch, but don’t think that the Cullinan is a slouch.
Front engine a four-wheel-drive, the twin turbo, 6.75 litre V12 engine will take this imperious machine from 0-100kph in just 5.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 250kph. But the Cullinan isn’t for driving fast, it’s for making elegant progress, even if you go off-road (see the lux camping seats that emerge from the rear tailgate). The brand promise that their signature ‘Magic carpet’ ride remains even over rough terrain. This is also one Rolls Royce more likely to be driven by its owner.
Once inside, you’ll find a commanding driving position and an incredible finish throughout, naturally. Your passengers, meanwhile, can enjoy individual seats in the back or a bench, depending on your preference. But this is a Rolls alright. The ride comfort and near total silence on the road, speak for themselves. You might even wonder if you were moving were it not for the scenery whipping by.
If this is the future of off-roading, consider us sold.