The Rolls Royce Cullinan: An Off-Road Phantom

I don’t know when the rich decided that all of a sudden, they all need luxury SUVs to drive about in. I mean let’s be honest, it’s not like they’re going to be doing much off-roading in them anyway? But if there’s a market for it then there’s bound to be a manufacturer to do a proper job of it, and that is where the new Rolla Royce Cullinan comes in.

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The Rolls Royce Cullinan is named after the Cullinan diamond, the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever discovered. You can see why Rolls Royce used that name, weighing in at 2,660 kilograms, at 5.3 metres long, 2.16 metres wide and 1.8 metres tall. It is quite a large and heavy SUV, though Rolls Royce themselves say that the Cullinan isn’t an SUV. But rather a high-rise vehicle designed to conquer rough and heavy terrain. Though as humbling as that may seem I doubt your typical Rolls Royce customer would ever use the Cullinan to conquer the Scottish Highlands or the sand dunes of Saudi Arabia. Though it does like fun, I have my doubts.

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Though the specifications are quite impressive for nearly a 3-tonne vehicle, equipped with a Twin-Turbocharged 6.75 litre V12, producing a beastly 563bhp and 627 lb-ft of torque. With a top speed of 155 mph and 0-62 mph, times have yet to be released but guessing it’ll be within the 5 seconds’ region.

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The Cullinan is Rolls Royce’s first attempt at making an all-wheel-drive SUV, and from first impressions, it does look similar to a Rolls Royce Phantom that’s been raised. Though let’s be honest, it’s not an attractive car from the outside. But the luxurious features on the inside, however, are mesmerising.  A number of the interior design elements also hail from the new Phantom, including the sloping centre console and digital instrument panel behind the steering wheel. As expected from Rolls Royce, the Cullinan is equipped with high-quality materials and switchgear. There are lashings of leather and wood highlights, with a touchscreen infotainment system set above the centre console. Customers can even order a glass partition that seals off the boot from the rest of the cabin, and there’s also an optional pair of seats that allow owners to sit in the boot when the vehicle is stationary. Would be quite a romantic setting if I’m honest, sitting in the field, a popped bottle of bubbly and watching the sun go down together. Quite the dream if I’m honest but I digress.

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Though let’s attend to the elephant in the room, the price, costing between £230,000 and £250,000. It’s not exactly cheap, and if I’m honest there are better luxury SUVs and off-road vehicles that you can purchase for much less. If you want a proper off-roader then you might as well go for the daddy of them all, the Range Rover. It is much cheaper than the Cullinan, and unlike the Cullinan, you’ll know for certain that the Range Rover will be able to traverse over any terrain you wish to conquer. Though it does have the potential to go off-road, testing is still underway to see how it copes off-road. So, who knows, the Rolls Royce Cullinan might turn out to be an alright SUV. But much like the Lamborghini Urus, the Cullinan is a new model for Rolls Royce to draw in more sales and to take advantage of the SUV hype. But unlike the Urus, which is more of ludicrous super sports utility vehicle. The Rolls Royce Cullinan is, in fact, the complete opposite, a luxury SUV that can take its occupants over any terrain in utmost comfort and luxury.

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