Synonymous with rock stars, royalty, and the resoundingly rich, Rolls-Royce is a luxury automobile brand that needs no introduction. When the company introduced the first of its Black Badge models in 2016 – with Ghost and Wraith – it was obvious this was the edgier and more dramatic alter-ego to the classic Rolls Royce line-up bearing the silver badge. The Black Badge series was extended in 2017 with Dawn, and now in 2019 the newest member of the family has arrived: the Black Badge Cullinan.
The Cullinan is the first SUV to be launched by the Rolls-Royce marque. Named after the Cullinan Diamond, the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever discovered, this vehicle – which is aimed at a new generation of younger, more diverse, self-made buyers – is described by the company as “the boldest and darkest expression of Black Badge yet”.
Special “noir” treatments evident on the exterior are immediately apparent, as virtually every piece of high-gloss chrome – from the rear trim, to the signature Pantheon grille vanes, to the famous Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament – has been chemically darkened to give it a rich, smoky hue. As for what lies under the hood, the 6.75-liter twin-turbo V-12 boasts a solid 600 hp (a 29 hp boost) while delivering a powerful 900 Nm of torque (an extra 50 Nm in total). These improvements take the Cullinan’s zero-to-100km/h time down to 4.9 seconds!
The 22-inch forged alloy wheels are given a darkened silver-and-black finish, and feature – for the first time on a Rolls-Royce – red brake calipers. Meanwhile, the revised all-round air-suspension delivers firmer driving dynamics while still retaining the magic-carpet ride feeling this iconic brand is known for. Add to that a revised throttle and gearbox, and you get an enhanced driving experience like no other.
Step inside the cabin and you’re met with a wealth of high-gloss, carbon fiber-trim. This unique, naked-weave ‘Technical Carbon’ veneer stretches across the dash, center console, and doors. Equally impressive is the popular Starlight Headliner, a black leather roof liner with 1,344 individual twinkling fiber optic “stars”. This fancy interior light-show also includes the new “shooting star” feature, which randomly uses groups of eight, brighter-white fiber optics to zip over the heads of both driver and passenger.
Another all-new design feature is the ‘Forged Yellow’ colour accents that appear on the leather seats, inner door pockets, the top of the dash, and even in the deep-pile wool mats; all offsetting the sleek dark tonalities.
If you’re the sort of driver who desires bespoke craftsmanship, precision engineering, and unparalleled luxury – along with a touch of dramatic edge – the new Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan is sure to draw you over to the “dark side”.
To find out more about the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge, visit rolls-roycemotorcars.com.