In virtually each single information article or assessment of the Rolls Royce Cullinan, there’s some form of reference to it being the model’s first-ever SUV or how heretical such an concept is for a model like Rolls Royce. I’m each bit as responsible as the remainder of the journalists that accomplish that. Nonetheless, these takes are all nonsense, together with my very own, and I notice this now. After having pushed it, and spent a while driving within the again seat, I can say with absolute confidence that the Cullinan is now not allowed to be known as an SUV as a result of it’s neither a sport or utility car. It’s only a Rolls Royce that may now go additional than ever earlier than.
Surprisingly, one of many automobiles accessible for us to drive throughout our latest Take a look at Fest was the aforementioned Curler. As a result of there have been solely two of them readily available, and about ten every of each different automotive, solely a fortunate few of us did truly get the possibility to drive the Cullinan. Fortunately, yours actually was one in all them and after doing so, the large Cullinan makes a lot sense to me as a Rolls Royce. Simply don’t name it an SUV.
First, let’s discuss concerning the virtually fixed mockery of the Cullinan for being an enormous, overly pointless car. Sure, the Cullinan is absurd, huge and utterly and totally superfluous. That’s form of the purpose of a Rolls Royce, although, isn’t it? You don’t purchase a Rolls as a result of it makes sensible sense, do you? After all not. You purchase a Rolls Royce so you may have absolutely the perfect of all the things, value, logic and humility be damned. The Cullinan is that and I like it as a result of it’s so unabashedly extreme.
Subsequent, I need to speak about its appears to be like. It’s not the prettiest factor on the street, no matter the way you slice it. Certain, there are some okay angles and it has some particular person particulars which might be fairly good. Nonetheless, as an entire, it’s simply not… proper. There’s one thing off about the best way it appears to be like and it’s laborious to essentially put a finger on. It form of appears to be like like what somebody would render a Rolls SUV to seem like. Although, I’ll say that it appears to be like higher in individual and that it does have a commanding presence, fairly or not.
Inside, although, there gained’t be any complaints from anybody. Whereas not as overly opulent because the Phantom’s, the Cullinan’s cabin is beautiful. Luxurious leather-based, completely handcrafted wooden trim and exquisite, vivid metalwork adorn the inside of the Rolls Royce Cullinan. Regardless of the chunky SUV-like exterior, this isn’t the inside of an SUV. Hell, most luxurious automobiles may solely dream of being this stunning.
Not solely is it expertly crafted and splendidly luxurious however it’s filled with expertise, simply tech that hides beneath the floor. As an illustration, the BMW-sourced iDrive (with Rolls Royce’s personal graphics and consumer interface) might be hidden away with a little bit of trim that cleans up the dashboard’s look. Additionally, entrance seat-backs have some pretty wooden trim on them for the rear passengers, with two aluminum buttons that flank both facet. These buttons pop that piece of wooden trim down, which turns into a tray desk with a display behind it which flips out. The display is touch-sensitive and controls a lot of the options all through the cabin. So whereas there’s a ton of tech, it could actually all be hidden away for some old-school luxurious.
The again seat can be the place you need to be. Whereas driving the Cullinan is beautiful — and we’ll get to that in a bit — sitting within the again is the correct Rolls Royce expertise. The journey is cloud-like, as if the street beneath merely ceases to exist. Nonetheless, I’ll say that its hefty curb weight does rear its ugly head over bigger potholes, of which there have been many in Palm Springs. The journey is rarely something near harsh however some sharp impacts could make their means by means of the cabin. Nonetheless, even when that occurs, it’s much more supple than even one thing like a 7 Sequence. It simply can’t utterly disguise the truth that its suspension has to deal with the load of a small moon.
Sadly, we didn’t have the possibility to pattern a Cullinan with its rear Particular person Seat possibility and its superior heart console. As an alternative, our take a look at automotive had the choice Lounge Seat possibility, which remains to be fantastic, simply not as over-the-top because the Particular person Seats. It’s the extra sensible selection, permitting for little one seats if want be.
When behind the wheel, it turns into even clearer why the Rolls Royce Cullinan is not any SUV. With its thin-rimmed steering wheel, feather-light steering weight and lazy throttle, the large Curler is something however a sport or utility car. Rolls Royce claims that completely nothing will get in the best way of luxurious in relation to creating automobiles and that’s obvious from behind the wheel extra so than wherever else.
The throttle pedal journey is lengthy, which I’m assuming is to permit for as easy a take off as potential, in order to not disturb the rear VIP passengers. Although, as soon as you actually dip into the extraordinarily British 6.75 liter twin-turbocharged V12, it could actually severely encourage the hefty Curler. Not that many Cullinan drivers are going to need to accomplish that, because it accelerates like a ship; the nostril heaves upward, the rear finish droops down and it builds velocity extra quickly than you’d count on. So whereas it’s surprisingly fast, it’s not an pleasant expertise, because it feels a bit uneasy. That’s not essentially an insult, as that’s probably not what the large Curler is designed to do. As an alternative, it’s higher to only calmly cruise round and when you do the Cullinan begins to make a lot extra sense.
Drive the Cullinan on the tempo at which it’s meant to be pushed and it’s extremely stress-free. It’s easy, secure and effortlessly luxurious. Plus, its top and huge outward visibility enable a commanding view of the street. The good factor of all is seeing the huge hood that lies forward, the Spirit of Ecstasy sitting proudly on its nostril whereas driving. All of the whereas realizing that your huge Cullinan can go wherever and do something whereas by no means compromising on that Rolls Royce sense of luxurious and class.
That’s as a result of its calm demeanor does belie its rugged functionality and Rolls Royce was proud to show it in Palm Springs. BMW and Rolls had arrange an off-road course, to point out off the capabilities of the X7 and Cullinan, respectively. Surprisingly, the large Curler did very properly. It’s not typically you see mud on a Rolls Royce, and seeing soiled footprints within the lamb’s wool carpets was truly painful, however it was a powerful sight however. Like watching watching an Elephant play rugby in a tuxedo.
Even nonetheless, the Rolls Royce Cullinan shouldn’t be checked out as an SUV. That’s not what it’s designed to be. It’s designed to be a luxurious automotive that merely can’t be impeded by terrain, which is definitely the proper car description for a Rolls Royce. Rolls prospects don’t compromise in some other means, why compromise on the place they will go?. The tagline for the Rolls Royce Cullinan is “Easy All over the place” and that’s the way it must be considered — a luxurious automotive that may merely go in every single place. Simply don’t name it an SUV.
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