Here comes the mother-of-all super
luxury SUVs from none other than Rolls-Royce, the makers of super-luxury cars
like the Dawn, Wraith, Ghost and Phantom. The all-terrain high-bodied SUV goes by the
name Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Rolls-Royce claims it is the most technologically
advanced and only purpose-built luxury SUV in the world. The car has a price
tag of around US $ $325,000 (Rs 2.35 crore approx.) in the US. If it were to come to India, one would have
to add the import duty and other taxes to this tag.
The Cullinan is named after
the largest diamond ever discovered which now resides in the British Crown
Jewels. The Cullinan is the first “three-box” shaped vehicle in the SUV sector which
comes with an optional partition wall creating a distinct environment for
passengers, separated from the luggage compartment.
The 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12
Rolls-Royce engine at the heart of the Cullinan delivers 563bhp and 850Nm of
peak torque to the all-new all-wheel drive, all-wheel steer system vehicle. The car can reach a
top speed of 250 km/h (governed).
“It is incomparable and
dramatically evolves the parameters of super-luxury travel, translating
Rolls-Royce’s ethos of ‘Effortlessness’ into physical capability, anywhere in
the world. Cullinan will simply take the world in its stride, ” said Torsten
Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Since super luxury cars are
almost always driven by chauffeurs, the rear passenger compartment of Cullinan
has been designed to offer the best seat in the house for the owner’s
particular needs. Two rear configurations are offered – Lounge Seats or
The Lounge Seat configuration with
space for three passengers in the rear also folds down – a first for
Rolls-Royce. The seats fold electronically in a number of configurations by
pressing the appropriate button in the boot or rear door pocket. One press sees
each backrest effortlessly fold down, whist at the same time moving the
headrests upwards to avoid making an imprint on the seat cushion. Both seat
backs can be folded completely, creating a flat load area or in a 2/3 and 1/3
split, increasing practicality even further. Rear passengers can still travel with
a long load, or use the carpeted seat back as an occasional table on which to
rest their precious personal items.
For those who intend to
transport large items back from their adventures, the rear of Cullinan offers a
large amount of space in different arrangements.
The rear compartment or boot
area offers a standard 560 litres of space, growing to 600 with the parcel
shelf removed. Furthermore, the base of the rear seats sit higher than the boot
floor, so even with both rear seats folded, the items in the boot cannot slip
forward and are safely contained, unlike in any other SUV. But for those
wishing to carry a long item back from their trip, a loading length of 2245mm
and load capacity of 1930 litres is accessed by electronically raising the boot
floor to meet the seat base, allowing the item to slide through effortlessly.
In the Individual Seat
configuration, two individual rear seats are separated by a Fixed Rear Centre Console
incorporating a drinks cabinet with Rolls-Royce whisky glasses and decanter,
champagne flutes and refrigerator. The seats also move in a number of planes to
offer ultimate comfort whilst travelling in the rear.
At the touch of the unlock
button on the Bespoke key, or by simply reaching out to its stainless steel
door handle, the car lowers itself by 40mm to make entry effortless. Once
inside, one can press the door closing button to seal oneself within the
sanctuary of Cullinan’s cabin. Or one touch of the sensor on the exterior door
handles will see the doors automatically close themselves from outside.
A touch of the start button
then elevates Cullinan 40mm. The driver
instantly recognises Cullinan as a driver’s car thanks to its thicker, smaller heated
steering wheel. All information is
clearly communicated by the latest generation of digital instruments, with the
displays themselves designed with clear and beautiful virtual needles,
Rolls-Royce jewellery-like chaplets and clear lettering.
The central information screen
is for the first time touch sensitive, allowing the driver to quickly select
functions, map views and vehicle set-up whilst on the trail. This portal can
still be controlled from the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy controller which nestles
on the central console with the ‘Off-Road’ button, Hill Descent Control button
and Air Suspension height adjustment controls.
A host of other cutting-edge
technology makes Rolls-Royce Cullinan the most technologically advanced car of
its type in the world. Further equipment includes: Night Vision and Vision
Assist including daytime and night-time Wildlife & Pedestrian warning; Alertness
Assistant; a 4-Camera system with Panoramic View, all-round visibility and
helicopter view; Active Cruise Control; Collision Warning; Cross-Traffic
Warning, Lane Departure and Lane Change Warning; an industry leading 7x3
High-Resolution Head-Up Display, WiFi hotspot, and of course the latest
Navigation and Entertainment Systems.
For those not behind the
wheel, the world’s most spectacular scenery is to be seen from a privileged
position. Those in the rear sit higher than those in the front of the car on
Rolls-Royce’s Pavilion Seating, enjoying grandstand views of their surroundings
thanks to the large glazed area of Cullinan’s side windows and panoramic glass
roof. And if they wish to locate themselves or their latest far-flung discovery,
they can zero in on their location on the rear touchscreen map.
Also, no photographic
opportunity will be missed as all electronic devices can be charged via the
five USB ports around the cabin, whilst phones can be wirelessly charged in the
front of the cabin.
Arriving at their remote
destination, the occupants can descend without dirtying their trouser legs as
both front and rear coach doors wrap low under the sill of Cullinan, ensuring
that all dirt remains of the outside of the door. A feature only Rolls-Royce
would have considered.
The suspension makes millions
of calculations every second as it continuously varies the electronically
controlled shock absorber adjustment system – reacting to body and wheel
acceleration, steering inputs and camera information. A new double-wishbone
front axle and 5-link rear axle deliver astounding levels of control over
lateral roll and shear forces and deliver incredible agility and stability, as
does the addition of four-wheel steering, all contributing to incredible
drivability and nimbleness.
In the case of driving
off-road, the electronically controlled shock absorber adjustment system uses
an air compression system to actively push down any wheel it detects losing
traction to ensure every wheel is constantly in contact with the ground and
maximum torque is being provided to all wheels.
The final piece of the puzzle
of ensuring that the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is Effortless, Everywhere is one
single button—the ‘Everywhere’ button which once engaged, the driver can
finesse the off-road setting to glide over any situation, whether it be rough
track, gravel, wet grass, mud, snow or sand delivering all 850Nm of torque to
all four wheels without interruption. And faced with deep snow, sand or the
need to ford streams, Cullinan delivers the deepest wading depth of any
super-luxury SUV at 540mm thanks to its highest ride height.
The grille of the car is
created from hand-polished stainless steel. The Rolls-Royce badge and Spirit of
Ecstasy ride significantly above the line of the wing, giving them a unique
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