Rolls-Royce has finally pulled the wraps off its first all-terrain model - the much-anticipated Cullinan.
The all-terrain luxury model is named after the largest diamond ever discovered - but will it shine bright in the eyes of the world's wealthiest drivers?
Under the hood, the Cullinan packs Rolls-Royce's twin-turbo 6.75-liter V-12 engine, which delivers 570 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. The so-called "Architecture of Luxury", it features a spaceframe architecture which is completely unique to Rolls-Royce and will soon underpin its entire range. Cullinan's Lounge Seat configuration is more family friendly and allows for three passengers in the rear. Today, your latest Pollock or Louis Vuitton luggage set is secure within a capacious 560-litre boot, but the space between boot and Cullinan cabin can be glass sealed to increase refinement and maintain that ideal drinking temperature for passengers, even when your driver is loading bags. A first for the brand, the rear seats can be folded down.
Rolls-Royce expects many Cullinan customers to be people who already own a Roller, but want it as their weekend auto.
There's also an on-board button what Rolls likes to call the "Everywhere" button. Rolls-Royce also integrated its logo into the design in an interesting way.
Rolls-Royce have developed a bespoke all-wheel drive system and incorporated an all-wheel steer. For example the obvious options are a fishing module or shooting one, but Rolls-Royce has confirmed it has already been asked to work on a drone racing module. The center screen is touch sensitive (a Rolls first) and there is night vision, a panoramic-view camera, active cruise control and head-up display.
Although Rolls-Royce hasn't revealed how quickly the Cullinan can reach motorway speeds, a sub five-second time is expected. The Rolls-Royce Cullinan will debut this week on May 10. Oh, and the tailgate lowers to reveal the "rear-seat viewing suite", two leather-lined seats and a small table.
Inside, the cabin is familiar Rolls-Royce.
Prices for the Cullinan are still to be confirmed, as is its delivery date - its world debut will be "later this year" - although that hasn't stopped some customers from already putting down deposits to guarantee their auto. Other assistance and safety features include night vision, a four-camera display system that creates a panoramic view of the vehicle, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and automatic emergency braking. (The Cullinan can wade in water up to 21 inches high, again beating the Bentley equivalent.) Futuristic LEDs surrounding each headlight give it a slightly new, rectangular shape.
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