Monday, May 14, 2018

Rolls-Royce Launches Cullinan, Their First-Ever SUV (w/ 17 Photos)


Named after the largest gem-quality diamond ever found, Rolls-Royce shows off its first-ever SUV: the Cullinan. Built atop a bespoke platform, this all-new Rolls-Royce offers an experience you “couldn’t find in the SUV market.” Effortless, everywhere, the Cullinan is the Rolls-Royce built for younger, more adventurous customers.

Built atop what will underpin other Rolls-Royce models in the future, the Cullinan rides on the “Architecture of Luxury” platform. It features a base frame that’s been reconfigured to be higher and shorter with an aluminum sub-frame for best-in-class performance on any terrain.



On top of this, Rolls-Royce delivers its famed “Magic Carpet Ride” on and off the road. To do this, engineers adopted the latest-generation self-leveling air suspension that varies the shock absorption rate based on steering and even camera inputs. The same suspension uses air compression to actively push down any wheel it detects losing traction making sure that all four wheels remain in contact with the ground.

A special “Everywhere” button unleashes the Cullinan’s full off-road capabilities. Once engaged, it can go through any terrain—mud, snow, gravel without any interruption. And when faced with deep snow or river streams, it can wade through 540 millimeters—the highest of any ultra-luxury SUV.



Eschewing any sort of hybrid or diesel technology, the Cullinan uses a 6.75-liter V12 engine. With twin turbochargers, it makes an effortless 571 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 850 Nm of torque at 1,600 rpm. It’s designed to run on 95 octane but can run with a minimum of 91 octane.

In terms of design, the Cullinan features a contemporary design that’s every bit reminiscent of a Rolls-Royce. It features a “three-box design”, the first for an SUV. At the back is Rolls-Royce’s first tailgate which the company dubs “The Clasp.” This separates the luggage compartment from the passengers using a glass partition ensuring the best-ever cabin isolation and quietness. However, when need be, the rear seats fold in a 60/40 split.



As the driver or passenger opens the Cullinan, it drops the ride height by 40 millimeters allowing easy ingress/egress. The unique rear coach doors open to a completely bespoke interior featuring a full flat floor. All information is relayed by the latest-generation digital instrumentation while the rear passengers can opt for a three-seater Lounge Seats or optional Individual Seats. Going with the Individual Seat option incorporates a fixed rear center console with a drinks cabinet that fits whisky glasses and decanter, champagne flutes and refrigerator.

British Bespoke Automobiles, Inc. (Rolls-Royce Manila) is now taking orders for the all-new Cullinan SUV.



Rolls-Royce Cullinan Major Specifications
  • Overall Length: 5,341 mm
  • Overall Width: 2,164 mm
  • Overall Height: 1,835 mm
  • Wheelbase: 3,295 mm
  • Weight: 2,660 kilograms
  • Luggage Volume: 600 liters
  • Engine: 6.75-liter V12, Twin-Turbo
  • Maximum Output: 571 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 850 Nm @ 1,600 rpm
  • Top Speed: 250 km/h

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