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.
“Quail: A Motorsport Gathering” is one of those events that always inspires special edition vehicles, most of which are bespoke – one-off production – vehicles. We already got a good look at BMW and Zagato’s beautiful creation and now we have Rolls-Royce getting in on the bespoke fun with a one-off Ghost. Rolls Royce displayed this custom Ghost at The Quail: A Motorstport Gathering to show what its Bespoke division is capable of.
This 2013 Ghost Extended Wheelbase is decked out with the official flower of California, the Orange Poppy, in various places in the car. The exterior of this Ghost bears a Carrara White and Mazarine Blue two-tone paint job with a Mandarin Orange stripe separating the two colors. This flawless paint job sits atop the Ghost’s hefty body with a glass-like finish.
The suicide doors open up to expose a mirror-like polished scuff plate that you likely wouldn’t want to touch, except with a soft cloth. This scuff plate dons the aforementioned poppy flower, which is seen throughout this beautiful car, and a "Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2012" stamp.
The seats feature the same poppy flower embroidered on the headrests. They are covered with seashell and navy blue leather with navy blue piping to set them off. The two-tone coloring proceeds onto the dashboard to keep the effect going. A cross-banded walnut burr veneer is inserted in the dashboard and boasts a navy blue clock in the center of it.
The rear seats are ventilated to keep your passengers cool and boast a massage feature to keep them relaxed too. There is also rear theater entertainment and a coolbox to help keep drinks nice and chilled.
We’re not too sure what’s in store under the hood of the 2013 Ghost "The Quail: A Motorstport Gathering" Edition’s hood, but we’re pretty sure it is the same 6.6-liter V-12 powerplant found in the 2012 Ghost that pumps out 563 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 575 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm.
In conclusion, we like this one-off Ghost, though it is one of the less exciting ones this year.
Click past the jump to read Rolls-Royce’s official presser.
Way back in 2008, Pininfarina – a custom coach builder – took a look at the $400K Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Convertible and simply thought it just wasn’t good enough. So Pininfarina took this nearly half-million-dollar machine and created a one-off custom vehicle out of it. The maker then dubbed it the Hyperion, which was taken from an Ancient Greek Titan.
Much like its closest competitor, Bentley, Rolls-Royce has always been one of those car companies that you either loved or hated, mostly due to their gaudy exteriors and even more outlandish pricing. For those that love them, but just need a little something extra, there is no shortage of custom car builders that will customize them to your liking.
Despite the number of custom car builders modifying these ultra-luxury cars, none can touch the uniqueness and flashiness of the Hyperion. Pininfarina took special care to closely integrate a vintage look – taking styling cues from the 1930s and 1940s – with modern technology and feel.
This monster of a luxury car originally debuted at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It then made an appearance at the 2008 Geneva Auto Show before going off to its rightful owner, Roland Hall.
Let’s take a look at how the 2008 Pininferina Hyperion stacks up.
Click past the jump to read the full review.