Love It Or Leave It - The Rolls-Royce Cullinan
It’s been three years since Rolls-Royce revealed its plans to join the SUV bandwagon and the British luxury hauler is finally here. It’s big, powerful and loaded to the gills with luxury features and state-of-the-art technology. It’s also incredibly familiar, as Rolls-Royce didn’t spend too much time redesigning the Phantom’s styling cues for the SUV. The Cullinan has already sparked heated debates, rapidly falling in the "love it or hate it" category. Where do we stand in this discussion? Find out from our senior editors below.
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The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is Here, and It’s Going to Slaughter the Bentley Bentayga
Rolls-Royce has, technically, shown up late to the party with the Cullinan. After all, the Bentley Bentayga, it’s one true competitor, has been out for a while. But time has been kind to Rolls-Royce, and the brand used that time wisely. To put it simply, the Cullinan is going to murder the Bentayga in every way, shape, and form. First, it does look like a Phantom up front, and the interior, at least in part, shares a lot of common DNA too. But, it’s the little things that really set it apart.
Watch the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Debut Live Right Here!!!
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan, a high-riding SUV based excessively on the Phantom is set to make its debut in just a few moments time. If you haven’t kept up with the news, we’ve already seen it in all its glory thanks to some leaked images, but the live debut is set to be something special. We’ve embedded the live stream below for you to watch, so take a look and let us know what you think after the show!
Leaked Images Show that the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Doesn’t Far Fall From the Phantom Tree
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is set to debut in less than 24 hours and, wouldn’t you know it, some images have leaked showing off, well, damn near everything. First, it is an all-out SUV so you won’t be as disappointed as you were over the Maybach Ultimate Luxury “SUV.” Right away, though, it’s pretty damn easy to tell that the Cullinan is based on and very closely related to the Rolls-Royce Phantom. How related you ask? Well, the nose is practically identical sans a few minor stylistic changes here and there. Looking at it head-on, it’s hard to tell it’s not a Phantom on jacked up suspension.
But, once you see the side view, you know it’s a true SUV. Hell, it’s even got a tailgate with that cool but uncomfortable looking picnic setup. The roof features a large moonroof, but it’s not large enough for rear passengers to enjoy but it does have suicide doors it seems, so it’s got that going for it. Other exterior highlights include an aggressive beltline with huge, chrome window trim in the rear and a functional stance that shows it means business from a luxury perspective.
What’s more important right now is the interior and, if these leaked images are legit, we’re getting a good look at what’s happening inside. Much like the nose, you’ll find a lot of Phantom cues inside as well. And, by “a lot” I mean A LOT. The dash is nearly identical with the exception of a little dip in the top of the dash above the flip-out infotainment system. There’s plenty of wood and leather around of course, but it features very similar HVAC vents, door trim panels, center console, and center stack. It even has the same three-gauge instrument cluster. Oddly, the leaked images show something that’s quite luxurious but maybe even a little rugged too based on the rim of the steering wheel, for example. In the rear, you find the same style of center console and the same door-trim panels as well.
Truth be told, it looks like Rolls too the Phantom, put it on stilts, and gave it a taller roof. It’s not necessarily a bad combination as you can’t really get much better than this, but it could be knocked off as a bit lazy. After all, Rolls could have taken the time to give the Cullinan a different look in comparison to the Phantom on which it is based.
Rolls-Royce Teases the Cullinan’s Production Taillight
Rolls-Royce has shown up very late to the SUV party, being one of the last automakers to have an SUV in production. Hell, even Lamborghini jumped on the wagon with the Urus SUV. But, Rolls is finally looking to take a piece of that ever-so-popular pie and will introduce the new Cullinan on May 10th. It’s been described as a high-sided vehicle, and that’s evident thanks to a total of 25 uploaded video as of the time of this writing with more to come between now and it’s debut.
To refresh your memory, the Cullinan will go up against the Bentley Bentayga and will ride on the same platform that underpins the Phantom. It will even have a viewing suite in the rear on the tailgate if you want a luxury-infused picnic. We expect it to use the same engine as the Phantom for motivation as well, so a 6.75-liter with 563 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque should be sending power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
If you’re interested in seeing the plethora of videos put out by Rolls-Royce, check out our playlist embeds below. Each list has between 8 and 10 videos, just click the arrows in each video player to navigate. Let us know what you think so far in the comments section below.
Rolls-Royce Will Debut the Cullinan on May 10th
Under development since 2015 or so, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the company’s first-ever SUV, will be unveiled on May 10. The luxury hauler — it’s said to become the world’s most luxurious SUV — will break over next Thursday at 7:00 a.m. EDT. As usual, we will be here to report it and take a closer look at the preliminary details.
Rolls Royce Brings Three Unique Phantoms at the Geneva Motor Show
It’s been six months since Rolls-Royce unveiled the latest-generation Phantom, and the British carmaker is bringing three bespoke models to the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. All three cars were commissioned by customers, and all will remain unique. As usual, they come with fancy names and fancy descriptions. The only regular wheelbase model is called The Gentleman’s Tourer, while the extended wheelbase versions are dubbed Whispered Muse and A Moment in Time.
Rolls-Royce Is Putting Serious Thought Into Electric Vehicles
Seven years ago, Rolls-Royce rolled out the Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX Concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Then things turned quiet in Crewe. Outside of CEO Torsten Muller hinting at the possibility of an EV Rolls in 2015, we haven’t heard a peep about the company’s electric car plans since the 102EX broke cover. That changed recently when a high-ranking BMW board member admitted that the Spirit of Ecstasy could go electric real soon.
Breaking News: Groundhogs Love Rolls-Royce
Who would have thought that those furry little ground dwellers would even have a preference of car? You would think that something like a Chevy Cruz, Ford Focus, or even a Mazda3 would be good enough. Even an Acura or a Lexus would have been more expected, but nope – that isn’t the case at all. As it turns out, Groundhogs are madly in love with Rolls-Royce vehicles. More specifically, the Rolls-Royce Phantom. As you can see from the images above, this groundhog, who asked to remain anonymous, is madly in love with the Rolls-Royce Phantom.
We’re unsure of the backstory here, or why our anonymous friend seems to love that Phantom so much, but he sure did spend plenty of time walking around underneath it, rubbing against the tire, and even considered building himself a den inside the engine bay. Don’t worry folks; he’s a bachelor, so there’s no chance of his offspring getting caught up in the cooling fans by mistake.
Okay, the truth is that we don’t know who the groundhog was or what he was doing there, but what do you think? We received these images along with a batch of Phantom photos and couldn’t help but spread the word about this little guy’s interest in one of the world’s best luxury cars. Is he friend or is he foe? Was he just curious? Check out the few shots we have of this little guy below, then let us know your opinion in the comments section.
Rolls-Royce Takes Shots At Bentley Bentayga, Essentially Calls It A Rebadged Model
The rivalry between Rolls-Royce and Bentley is real and if anybody still doesn’t see it that way, Rolls CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes’ recent comments about the Bentley Bentayga has made it abundantly clear that there’s still no love lost between the two former stablemates. Speaking with Auto News Europe about the upcoming launch of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV, or “all-terrain, high-sided vehicle” as Rolls would like everyone to call it, Mueller-Oetvoes emphasized that the Cullinan will not use “mass-manufactured body shell,” unlike a certain model that he essentially described as a “camouflaged Audi Q7.”
You don’t need to be an expert in the acrimonious history between the two brands to know that Mueller-Oetvoes is referring to the Bentayga, which uses the same MLB Evo architecture that can be found underpinning the aforementioned Q7, as well as the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus. Apparently, Mueller-Oetvoes believes that the approach of platform sharing limits what can be done on the design end of the SUV, which in turn “undermines exclusivity.” For its part, the Cullinan won’t have that problem because it will be riding on the luxury brand’s new “Architecture of Luxury,” a scalable, aluminum space frame platform that was designed specifically to accommodate Rolls-Royce models. The all-new Phantom is the first model to make use of the architecture though it also won’t be the last since the Cullinan, as well as next-gen models of the Ghost, Dawn, and Wraith, will all make use of it at some point.
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Rolls-Royce Reveals Next-Gen Phantom VIII
The Phantom has been around for almost a century now, first seeing the light of day back in 1925. Since it was first introduced, the Phantom has been the conveyance of choice for high-profile business people, politicians, influential musicians, and other folks who are simply better than you. The seventh-generation model saw a debut in 2003 as the first new Roller under BMW ownership, and now, there’s a follow-up called the Phantom VIII. Revealed at Bonhams Auction House in London, the British make rolled out the New Phantom in a livestream event this afternoon, while also plugging a new exhibition on the nameplate that includes a few particularly noteworthy examples, including the Queen’s Phantom VI, Fred Astaire’s Phantom I, and John Lennon’s Phantom V, among others. Standout features for the new VIII include an updated exterior style, a new turbocharged V-12 engine, a fresh architecture, and a cabin space that puts a suite at the Four Seasons to shame.
But of course it does, right? Rolls-Royce is proudly continuing the tradition of labeling the Phantom as “The Best Car in the World,” so above and beyond simple excess isn’t just possible – it’s a necessity. This is a machine that exudes power and presence, a rolling statement that declares supremacy over one’s environment. Read on for the details.
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