The Rolls-Royce Cullinan Impressed the Hell Out of Us at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the best car shows if you want to see all sorts of vehicles climb up the Goodwood Hill. It’s usually sports cars, supercars, and race cars new and old, but some automakers bring SUVs and trucks as well. At this years edition, Rolls Royce decided to take the massive Cullinan for a stroll on the short but iconic road course.
2019 Rolls-Royce Phantom Tranquility
The Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII is the archetype of the full-size ultra-luxurious car to the extent that the car’s platform is known as ’Architecture of Luxury’. The ’Tranquility’ special edition model, of which just 25 will be made, is an ode to outer space and to man’s numerous attempts to reach it.
Since the launch of the Cullinan SUV last year, Rolls-Royce’s other models have somehow been overshadowed by the buff figure of the first high-riding Roller. Now, though, they’re back in the limelight at the Geneva Auto Show as the British manufacturer brings to Switzerland no less than three special edition models, the Black Badge Ghost, the Blue Badge Wraith and, finally, The Phantom Tranquility which is, undoubtedly the most astounding of the lot. It’s also a way for Rolls-Royce to announce the introduction of a new Bespoke program that can further personalize the Black Badge Ghost.
Rolls-Royce’s Collaboration with The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Chain is a Celebration of The Chinese New Year
The Chinese market is very important to Rolls-Royce. It’s so important that the British automaker is rolling a trio of special edition Cullinan SUVs to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year, which just so happens to fall on the Year of the Pig. The special edition Cullinans were created in collaboration with the Mandarin Oriental hotel chain. Each of the three SE Cullinans sport unique exterior colors with identifiable badges to commemorate the Year of the Pig. Mandarin Oriental hotels in Miami, Boston, and Washington D.C. each have one of the three Cullinan special editions until today, February 8. They’re not just for display, too. Guests at the hotel can take chauffeured two-mile rides in them. Even better, the international hotel chain is also offering a chance for any of its guest to win the use of one of the Cullinan special edition models for a week.
The Rolls-Royce V-12 Will Soldier On Until the Brand is Forced to Go All-Electric
Rolls-Royce does not want to discontinue the V-12, and I will tell you why. Leasing a car is improvisation. Buying a house and putting it under a mortgage is improvisation. Taking a bank loan to finish school is improvisation. Taking a cab is improvisation. Melding your own broken TV remote is improvisation. Having a dinner in an expensive restaurant to impress a girl is improvisation. Driving a hybrid is improvisation.
Rolls-Royce isn’t about improvisation. It is about the exact opposite - about genuinity. Something only a handful can experience, acquire, and actually live. Like it always was.
And for those select few, the world of regulations, melting ice caps, water supply problems in equatorial countries, and possible fuel shortages aren’t really that big of a deal. Rolls-Royce deals with those kinds of people. Exclusively! Those kinds of people want and need a V-12. They will have it - for as long as the ICE is a big deal. When it stops being a big deal, Rolls-Royce will do what is only logical - switch to electricity.
Rolls-Royce’s Privacy Suite Ensures That Nobody Bothers You When You’re Inside the EW Phantom
Rolls-Royce has revealed its new Privacy Suite feature for the new extended-wheelbase version of the Phantom luxury limousine. The Privacy Suite is a new feature that lets occupants of the extended-wheelbase Phantom prevent the driver and the front passenger from seeing what is happening in the rear of the car, ensuring that occupants can enjoy moments of privacy and luxury all to themselves. The unveiling of the Privacy Suite took place at the Chengdu Motor Show.
2018 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Collection
Celebrating its “defining heritage” Rolls Royce just revealed a whole collection of bespoke Ghost cars called the Silver Ghost Collection. It is an important celebration as the Silver Ghost, produced in 1906, actually was named “the best car in the world” upon completion of a nonstop endurance voyage that covered 14,371 miles. An incredible achievement in 1906. Now, with a limited edition of only 35 Rolls Royce Ghost cars designated for the Silver Ghost Collection, the British company based in Goodwood solidified its status as the ultimate in the world of cars.
YouTube Star’s $80,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom Has A Few Problems With It
The host of YouTube channel Hoovies Garage found himself in the news a few days ago after he took the ultimate leap of faith in buying a 13-year old Rolls-Royce Phantom for a tidy sum of $80,000. On the one hand, a Phantom that costs below $100,000 is a bargain find. On the other hand, an $80,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom is priced so low for a reason, or a few reasons. It didn’t take long for those reasons to come to light.
Check Out this Detailed Walkaround of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Launch Edition - Video
Nobody needs to convince anybody about the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. The British automaker’s first venture into the world of super luxury SUVs was unveiled in May 2017, and it lived up all the hype surrounding it. There’s a strong case for the Cullinan to be classified as the best luxury SUV in the market today, and that case was made stronger with the introduction of the Cullinan Launch Edition. This walkaround video of the Cullinan Launch Edition gives us a good idea of what we can expect, and to the surprise of absolutely nobody, it’s teeming in style, and substance like only Rolls-Royce can provide.
The six-and-a-half-minute video goes deep into the Cullinan Launch Edition. We see a good deal of the model dressed in a deep red exterior paint with a contrasting beige leather interior. It’s not entirely a new color combination that Rolls just cooked up, but it works in highlighting all the luxury elements that typically come with a Rolls-Royce product. In true Rolls’ fashion, the Cullinan even has a few easter eggs in store for those with pockets deep enough to buy one. Notice the umbrella that’s tucked away on the rear doors? Pretty clever, right? How about the embroidered Spirit of Ecstasy logo on the door cards? While we’re at it, it’s hard not to imagine getting mesmerized by the comfort levels inside the Cullinan.
That may be par for the course for an SUV that costs at least $325,000, but it’s still incredible to see what all that money is getting you should you decide that the Cullinan is the SUV that suits your lifestyle. Rolls-Royce did say that the Cullinan is an SUV that speaks “to a heritage of perfection,” and there was nothing we saw in this walk-around video that made us think otherwise.
It’s hard to imagine a model as well-appointed as the Rolls SUV, and yet, it still carries a massive 6.75-liter bi-turbo V-12 engine that produces 563 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. It may not be the fastest and most powerful super SUV in its class, but nobody’s going to care when you’re wrapped up in that cocoon of luxury.
This is the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, folks. Enjoy it for what it is because it certainly deserves to wear that Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament.
Rolls-Royce Isn’t Rushing To Develop Autonomous Driving Tech Because It’s Been Using it For Years
Rolls-Royce may have succumbed to the growing demand of SUVs all over the world, but don’t expect the British luxury brand to do the same with semi-autonomous driving technology. Rolls has no interest in joining that race because, in its mind, most people who own Rolls-Royce models don’t even drive them. They have chauffeurs that drive the cars for them.
Spec your own Rolls-Royce Cullinan in the fanciest online configurator ever!
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan finally arrived in May 2018 after many years of teasers and speculation to take its place at the top of the SUV market as the most expensive and luxurious hauler ever created. Priced from a whopping $325,000, the Cullinan is probably selling like hotcakes for a really expensive vehicle. The SUV can now be configured on the company’s official website, and the online experience is just as bespoke as the Cullinan itself.
And even though most of us can’t afford one, we can at least configure the Cullinan of our dreams until we can actually place an order.
Comparison: 2018 Bentley Bentayga vs 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan
Premium SUVs have been around for quite some time now. Many claim that the first luxury hauler arrived in 1984 as the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, but the modern era began in 1999 when BMW introduced the X5. In 2016, Bentley reshaped the segment with the Bentayga, the first full-blown luxury SUV that gathered fine upholstery, state-of-the-art tech, fancy features, and high-performance under one roof. At the time of its launch, it was the quickest, fastest, and the most expensive SUV. Two years have passed and Rolls-Royce delivered its first people hauler, just like it promised a few years back. It’s called the Cullinan, and although it’s not faster than the Bentayga, it’s definitely the more expensive choice.
While the premium segment is packed with SUVs from European, American, and Japanese automakers, the range-topping luxury market is still very small. With no other products around, Bentley and Rolls-Royce are the only firms fighting for supremacy here. The Cullinan and the Bentayga will go against each other for the richest, most pretentious customers out there for years to come. Who will win? It’s hard to predict at this point, but we set up a thorough comparison for the most luxurious SUVs ever built as of 2018.
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Last week I wrote a big rant about how the BMW M5 with the Competition Package is an abomination. I take that back. The new Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the supreme abomination. A luxurious, boxy abomination on wheels. And the perfect example of how to be lazy in the design process. Okay, I’m not taking that back actually, I still think that the M5 Competition Package is a useless piece of junk, and you should buy a proper sports car instead, but the Cullinan is my all-time favorite automotive abomination. Until Boeing builds an airplane-shaped SUV that is!