Rolls-Royce’s first SUV is all about off-road luxury, and it even comes with an on-board bar
Luxury automaker's first SUV pulls out all the stops
What's a Cullinan, anyway?
What's up with a Rolls-Royce SUV?
The company calls it “the most practical of Rolls-Royces.”
Off-road in a Rolls
Riding in the rear.
Don’t call it a liftgate.
You need not be bothered by your belongings.
It goes like stink.
So what's the bottom line?
Rolls-Royce has released the 2018 Cullinan, its first-ever SUV – or, as the company prefers, “high-bodied all-terrain car.” So just how luxurious is it? Have a look…
It’s the name of the largest uncut diamond ever discovered, a half-kilogram-plus monster discovered in South Africa in 1905. It was cut into finished stones that are now part of Britain’s Crown Jewels.
It “makes the idea of authentic, luxury off-road travel a reality for the first time,” the company says. Yeah. It’s because SUVs are outselling cars just about everywhere, and with high-end marques like Bentley, Lamborghini and Ferrari getting into the game, Rolls-Royce has to play too.
Some of its features, once restricted to the highest-end cars, are now found on everyday models, including its heated steering wheel, touch-sensitive centre screen, 360-degree camera (called “helicopter view”) and panoramic sunroof, although your lowly entry-level sport-ute has never seen this much leather in its life.
The Spirit of Ecstasy watches over you as you raise or lower the adjustable suspension, or if you miss the driveway and put a tire into the flower bed, opt for the “Off-Road” mode to get you out.
There’s no doubt many Cullinans will be chauffeur-driven, and you can outfit the rear seat to the gills. The Lounge Seat shown holds three people, but the optional Individual Seat puts two on either side of a console that includes a refrigerated drink cabinet with Rolls-branded decanter, whisky glasses, and champagne flutes.
It’s “The Clasp.” Yes, really, and it opens and closes by itself off the key fob. Early Rolls-Royces didn’t have trunks and luggage was tied to a rack on the back, and according to the company, the Cullinan’s rear-end bulge is a “bustle denoting the place of the luggage.”
Despite having very expensive suitcases, the very rich apparently do not want anything to do with them. So, “inspired by the age when one never travelled with one’s luggage,” the company says, you can close a glass partition to separate you from the cargo compartment. The seats also fold, as here, and the cargo floor lifts electrically “for those wishing to carry a long item back from their trip.”
For all their massive size and luxury, Rolls-Royces can more than get out of their own way. The Cullinan is powered by a 6.7-L V12 from BMW, with 563 horsepower, 627 lb-ft of torque, and a top speed of 250 km/h.
Get your wallet out: in Canada, the Cullinan starts at $370,000. And we know you’re going to get the on-board bar, and with a bottle of the very best bubbly to go with it.