The mammoth SUV gets a mean makeover

Novitec is back with a new tuning program, this time for Rolls-Royce’s monolithic SUV, the Cullinan.

The tuning kit is a typical program for the German tuner. It comes with aerodynamic add-ons to go with a modified engine, a new exhaust, and a new set of wheels. The Cullinan looks more aggressive than before, but you have to wonder if "aggression" is part of what makes a Rolls-Royce. Pricing details were not revealed; the cost will depend on what upgrades you include in your cart.

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan by Novitec Exterior
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Novitec’s new tuning program for the Rolls-Royce Cullinan starts in the exterior with a reasonably subtle body kit. New bumpers in the front and rear, side skirts, and a rear diffuser are all part of the kit. A rear spoiler lip isn’t part of the Overdose Widebody kit, but customers can also have that aero piece added.

A set of spacers have also been added, creating enough space for the custom set of 24-inch SP2 wheels. The wheels are offered in solid colors as standard, but you can opt for either brushed or polished versions that come in a wide array of colors. Interior upgrades are subject to personalized needs. Novitec also offers plenty of options in this regard, ranging from premium leather, Alcantara, and expensive trim options. The Rolls also sits 1.6 inches closer to the ground.

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan by Novitec Interior
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The true measure of Novitec’s Cullinan tuning kit lies under the hood of the SUV. The massive 6.75-liter V-12 engine benefits from the tuner’s SPOFEC N-Tronic plug-and-play software kit.

The processor-controlled device can be connected to the engine’s ECU unit and coax 685 horsepower and 745 pound-feet of torque

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That’s an increase of over 120 horsepower and 120 pound-feet of torque compared to the V-12’s standard output of 563 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque.

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan by Novitec Exterior
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Novitec is also offering an engine upgrade for the more premium Cullinan Black Badge. There’s a similar process involved with this upgrade, but instead, the output from the V-12 engine is raised to 707 horsepower and 781 pound-feet of torque. Novitec claims that with the Black Badge Performance upgrade, the Cullinan can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, an impressive figure for an SUV that weighs in excess of 6,000 pounds.

Final Thoughts

2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan by Novitec Exterior
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The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is one of those models that are better off kept in factory form. Novice’s presentation of its program for the Rolls SUV offers some promise for those who want a splash of aggressiveness on their Cullinan models. The engine upgrade is always a welcome addition, especially for a vehicle that weighs as much as the Cullinan. But that’s all there is to it, and if you’re the owner of one of these SUVs, would you really go through all the time to turn your Cullinan into a slightly more aggressive version at the cost of chipping at the stature of luxury that it exudes? Some will probably go for it while others won’t. We’re with the latter on this one.

  • Leave it
    • Doesn’t fit with the vibe of the Rolls SUV
    • Can do without one
    • Could be pricey

Source: Novitec

Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
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