Come to the Dark Side with the New Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan
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.
As the Lifestyle Editor for Prestige Magazine Thailand, Canadian-born Bruce Scott keeps a close eye on what’s trending both in Bangkok and beyond. He enjoys live music, documentary films, and dinners with fancy wine pairings. When not hard at work keeping up with the latest restaurant and bar openings in town you’ll probably find him at the beach, most likely lying in a hammock with headphones on.