The 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan is like the boxer Mohammed Ali in his prime, an SUV at its best. It is the most expensive off-road car ever built. This lavish vehicle offers luxury for days, even when the driver is driving on harsh terrain. With a simple touch of the Off-Road button, the SUV will take on any challenger, from sand, rough tracks, mud, snow, wet grass, gravel to water (21 inches deep.) On the autobahn, it can do 155 mph. The Cullinan will cost you $325,000. U.S. citizens will have to spend at least $400,000 to acquire this vehicle when it arrives in early 2019.
Where did the name Cullinan come from?
The largest diamond in the world is called Cullinan. This vehicle is one of Rolls-Royce’s gems and it therefore comes as no surprise that the company decided to call it Cullinum. The automaker has dscribed it as “a car that will revolutionize luxury travel because of its high-bodied car nature.” According to Rolls-Royce Chief Executive Officer, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, they decided to give it this name because it offers flawless quality, clarity of purpose and it is precious. It exists above all others like the Cullinan Diamond. It is an extraordinary product that offers true luxury.
Where does the juice come from?
The new Cullinan has been built on aluminum-intensive space frame architecture. The automaker refers to this flexible architecture as the "Architecture of Luxury." It was introduced in the Phantom VIII in 2017. It will be used for future Rolls-Royce vehicles like the replacements of the Wrath, Dawn and the Ghost. Just like rapper Yo Gotti, it has juice for days. The juice comes from a twin-turbo V-12 engine with a capacity of 6.75 liters. This engine is the same one that is used on the Phantom but it has been altered to offer 563 hp at 5,000 rpm as well as torque of 627 lb-ft at only 1,600 rpm. This is the first 4WD that the automaker has ever made. The automatic transmission is eight-speed. On winding roads, it improves agility using its rear-wheel steering.
Is it practical?
Yes it is. In fact, Rolls-Royce has never made a more practical vehicle. Considering how big it is, its 21 cubic feet cargo space behind the rear seats is probably “kinda” inadequate. If you like, you can configure the Rolls-Royce with a bench, folding rear seat. It has a maximum capacity of 68 cubic feet when it is folded.
How big is it?
The Cullinan is 72 inches tall with an overall length of 210 inches. It rides on a wheelbase of 130 inches. It comes with two seating configurations: an exclusive 4-seat arrangement as well as a three across rear seating that accommodates 5 passengers. It is 85 inches wide. It maintains the Rolls-Royce coach-style doors and signature grille. The exterior has a 2-box, upright design.
The personalized nature of Rolls Royce luxury interiors is the main thing that attracts consumers. The new Cullinan has maintained this tradition. The luxury ambiance is maintained by traditional touches like heated door armrests, high quality leather and real wood veneers. The cargo area is separated from the passenger compartment by a glass partition. Touching the key fob automatically opens and closes the clasp. The interior offers a good blend of quality materials and a classic design. Some of the modern tech features include: Wi-Fi hotspot, night vision, digital gauges and a head-up display.
What is our verdict about it?
The new Cullinan is like the beautiful Kim Kardashian, it is fashionably late to the party but we are pretty sure that it will steal the show. If the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is like boxer Mohammed Ali then the Bentley Bentayga is George Foreman. It is the number 1 nemesis of the Bentley Bentayga. Rolls-Royce has realized that SUVs are very popular with the superrich. Although their coupes and sedans are performing well, they still had to introduce an SUV. According to Bentley, half of the people who bought their Bentaygas were new to the brand. We expect that the Cullinan will receive the same kind of love.
Which cars will the Rolls Royce Cullinan face?
Apart from the Bentley Bentayga, the new Cullinan will be up against the Range Rover SV Autobiography, Lamborghini Urus and the rumored Ferrari SUV. Who knows, it might even compete against the Tibetan mastiff dog that was sold for $1.9 million in China. Just kidding.