Rolls-Royce’s EV Plans Are Starting To Materialize, And There’s a Shadowy Secret
Just because Rolls-Royce has been tight-lipped about its electrification plans doesn’t mean they don’t have any. At least, that’s what this scoop suggests. According to Autocar, the British automaker is developing a new EV from the ground up rather than plonking an electric powertrain in any of its existing models. A patent for ‘Silent Shadow’ filed late last year further fuels these reports. Will this new model mark the beginning of a new EV era for Rolls-Royce?
2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan - Driven
From the outside, and to the 99-percenters, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan looks like an over-priced BMW or a reworked Phantom with a taller roof that was designed to keep the brand from falling into the abyss of irrelevant brands. In fact, you might actually be right to some extent. The Cullinan does look a lot like the Phantom in the front thanks to the big rectangular grille, boxy headlights, and square front end. And, the brand is owned by BMW, so yeah, there’s some Bimmer DNA there too. That said, the Cullinan is the very first Rolls-Royce SUV and, outside of that, it also introduced a lot of new tech for the brand, including an off-road driving mode and all-wheel drive. Introduced in 2017, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan has been on the market for a few years now, and it’s been staring down the barrel of the Bentley Bentayga ever since. So, how does is hold up three years in? Well, we spent a week with the Cullinan to find out for ourselves, and this is what you need to know.
Rolls-Royce Is Still Trying To Convince You To Take Your $330,000 Cullinan Off-Road
Rolls-Royce Cullinan needs no introduction. It is the automaker’s first SUV ever and is also the most expensive production SUV in the world, proudly wearing a price tag north of $300,000. When you plonk in so much money on an SUV, taking it for dune bashing is something that wouldn’t even cross your mind. But, that doesn’t mean the Cullinan is not capable of going off the beaten paths, and its latest video seems to send the same message. But, will the owners risk taking it to the desert?
2021 Rolls Royce Ghost Extended
The 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended is a longer version of the second-generation Ghost, unveiled in 2020. Around 6.7 inches longer than the standard Ghost, the Ghost Extended basically features a longer wheelbase, which translates into greater space and legroom for rear-seat passengers.
Designed for customers who want to be driven by a chauffeur, the Ghost Extended shares underpinnings, design features, and technologies with the regular-wheelbase Ghost sedan. Let’s find out more about the 2021 Ghost Extended in the review below.
Rolls-Royce Customers Don’t Want EVs Because It Requires Effort to Plug Them In
Rolls-Royce is, quite literally, one of the last automakers to make the step forward into electrification. The company doesn’t do hybrids and, so far, has been rather mute about its intentions to go electric anytime soon. When you serve up $300,000 cars at the entry-level, things are a little different for you, but that doesn’t mean you can avoid change forever. A new report has shed some light on why Rolls-Royce has avoided change so far, what the brand’s take on hybridization is, and just when we’ll finally see it venture into the world of EVs.
2021 Rolls Royce Ghost
The 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost is the second-generation of the company’s luxury full-size sedan. Developed to replace an 11-year-old model, the 2021 Ghost features an in-house aluminum spaceframe and a new, slightly larger V-12 engine. The luxury sedan remains familiar on the outside, as the design is an evolution of the old model, but it boasts an all-new interior with state-of-the-art technology. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost Returns With Evolutionary Styling and A New V-12 Engine
While most carmakers keep their vehicles on the market for five to seven years per generation, Rolls-Royce doesn’t redesign its nameplates unless they get close to or even surpass the 10-year mark. The old Phantom survived for an impressive 14 years, while the outgoing Ghost is now in its 11th year in showrooms. Come 2020, and the full-size model was finally redesigned to join the newer Phantom and the Cullinan, the brand’s first-ever SUV. Just like the Phantom, the new-generation Ghost remains familiar on the outside, but it brings a new platform, engine, technology, and a more comfortable interior to the table.
This Rendering Could Preview That Weird, Rolls-Royce Shooting Brake
Earlier this week, someone spotted a rather weird looking Rolls-Royce prototype on public roads. Hidden under camouflage, it looked familiar up front, but the rear end looked more like a hearse or a really boxy wagon model. It also appeared to have beefier wheel arches. The spy video sparked rumors that Rolls-Royce may be building a new one-off model, and some went ahead and rendered a shooting brake version of the Wraith. And it looks surprisingly cool.
2020 Rolls Royce Cullinan Black Badge
The 2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge is a version of the Cullinan, the British company’s first-ever SUV. Designed for "younger, more adventurous clients," the Black Badge is basically a package that adds darker trim on the outside and extra, unique features on the inside. It also comes with extra power and torque, so it can also be considered a higher performance version of the standard Cullinan. The SUV is the fourth Rolls-Royce available with the Black Badge treatment, following the Wraith and Ghost in 2016 and the Dawn in 2017. Let’s find out what makes it special in the review below.
The First Electric Rolls Royce Has Arrived Thanks to Lunaz
Electrification has taken over almost every brand and every segment. The very few that are left are now on the verge of going through the same process. One of those few brands left untouched was Rolls Royce, but not anymore. Lunaz, a U.K.-based tuning and conversion company has laid its hands on a 1961 Phantom V and given it the electrified treatment. Lunaz will be building just 30 iterations, but is restoring a classic car like this one in an electric avatar a true celebration?
The New Rolls-Royce Ghost Takes Sound-Proofing To the Next Level
The next-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost is scheduled to arrive later this year, and Rolls-Royce is pulling out all the stops to ensure that it lives up to all the hype of being a completely new model from the ground up.
Part of that challenge involves creating new features to improve the ownership experience of the Ghost, including ensuring complete serenity in the luxury ride’s interior. On that end, Rolls-Royce is fitting more than 220 pounds (100 kilos) of sound-absorbing materials throughout the body of the all-new Ghost.
2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Overdose By Novitec
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan seems to be a favorite among tuners lately. A few months back, Mansory gave it a twist, and now Novitec has laid its hands on one example.
The aftermarket company calls it the Cullinan Overdose. Befitting of its name, the company has given the Cullinan a lot of treatment on the outside. Novitec has tweaked the engine as well to offer a lot more power than it does in the standard form. With its widebody kit and lowered ride height, does it look as exquisite as the standard Cullinan?
The Detail of This Rolls-Royce Cullinan Scale Model Will Blow Your Mind As Will The Price
Rolls-Royce’s miniature Cullinan goes hand in hand with what Sir Henry Royce used to say about perfection: small things make it, but it itself is no small thing. Apparently, this creed doesn’t apply just to RR’s million-dollar cars destined for the One Percent, but also to the company’s toys.
This Rendering Is a Stunning Example of What a Rolls-Royce Supercar Could Look Like
Now, Rolls-Royce’s most recent crop of cars might have supercar-worthy names - think of Ghost, Phantom, and Wraith - but the BMW-owned nameplate never played in the super sports car arena and we’re pretty sure it doesn’t intend to.
This didn’t stop Rain Prisk from imagining what a Rolls-Royce supercar might look like. The answer is, of course, darn right exquisite.
2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Coastline By Mansory
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the most luxurious SUV you can buy today. Even in the standard form, it basically has everything one needs (and doesn’t need) in an SUV. But that didn’t stop aftermarket companies from trying to do different things to it and give it a twist.
Klassen stretched and armored a Cullinan and put a $2 million price tag on it. Rolls-Royce upped the ante when it launched the Cullinan Black Badge edition. And, now, Mansory has laid its hands on it and unveiled the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Coastline.
The Cullinan Coastline features a lot of changes in and out, and feels like a fresh take on the world’s costliest SUV. The exterior features a body kit, the interior receives a new theme, and the drivetrain receives a power bump. Will it lure in any buyers?
Can You Drift in the Rolls-Royce Cullinan?
The Cullinan is the first-ever SUV that Rolls-Royce has produced. As is with all the cars from the marque, this, too, reeks of luxury from every corner. Other than the fantastic features, the luxury SUV also comes with a big V-12 engine with enough grunt to make everyone move out of its way.
Although the engine specs and body style inspire enough confidence for you to make the Cullinan do hardcore ‘things’, do you think you can get this 6,000-pound beast to drift? Well, the answer is yes; unless you get a heart-attack doing it, or even watching it for that matter.
What is the Cheapest Rolls-Royce?
While you might’ve heard the story about the $65,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI that was, supposedly, the cheapest modern Rolls-Royce up for grabs in the US, no new car built by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Goodwood, West Sussex, United Kingdom, is cheap. After all, we’re talking about sizeable sedans, coupes, and SUVs built using the finest materials inside and out. However, even in Rolls-Royce’s lineup, there’s quite a gap between the cheapest and the most expensive model. The one that’s the least expensive is the Rolls-Royce Wraith, the two-door version of the Ghost, that comes with a $320,500 sticker price. The company’s only SUV is only slightly pricier with an MSRP of $325,000.
What is the Sportiest Rolls-Royce?
Back in the day, Rolls-Royce flat out refused to offer performance figures, arguing that a Rolls-Royce is built to transport its passengers immersed in an atmosphere of complete luxury and serenity and top speed or acceleration aren’t part of the equation. However, since 2003, Rolls-Royce has been reestablished as a wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW and, as such, the latest Rollers are sportier than ever. No longer will you find ’satisfactory’ written next to the official manufacturer-reported top speed. As such, we can tell you that the sportiest Rolls-Royce is the Wraith. In its most potent version, called ’Black Badge’, the Wraith’s 6.6-liter, twin-turbocharged V-12 puts out 623 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 642 pound-feet of torque between 1,700 and 4,500 rpm. Despite weighing in at over 5,300 pounds, the Wraith goes from naught to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
What is the Most Popular Rolls-Royce?
In 2018, Rolls-Royce sold a record 4,107 vehicles worldwide and one-third of them call North America home, making the US the country where Rolls-Royce sells most cars. Thenew-for-2018 Phantom was among the most popular models last year, quoted as being the "growth driver" by the company’s CEO, although it wasn’t the model that sold the most. This year, however, the Cullinan will most certainly be the growth driver and the best-selling model as orders have been going through the roof for the boxy, full-size SUV with the order backlog having reached the third quarter of 2019 already by early January.
What is the Most Expensive Rolls-Royce?
The most expensive Rolls-Royce before you add the myriad of taxes and you step into the wonderful but costly world of personalization, is the $492,425 Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB (extended wheelbase) model. The EWB is a whole $74,600 more expensive than the standard Phantom which, in itself, is a whopping $71,525 more expensive than the third priciest car in Rolls-Royce’s range, the Dawn Convertible. To put it into perspective, a brand-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class filled to the brim with options costs exactly $74,600 while a luxury full-size SUV (with fewer options) such as Audi’s Q8 comes in at just $71,400.
What is the Fastest Rolls-Royce?
Following the German gentleman’s agreement, all of Rolls-Royce’s current models are electronically limited to a top speed of 155 mph. That means there’s no ’fastest’ Rolls-Royce as all go as fast. Having said that, the Wraith is probably the fastest of the lot without the limiter as it features the most powerful engine and it’s smaller than the four-door sedans in the British automaker’s roaster. While there’s no official word on this, there’s no reason why the Wraith couldn’t approach or even surpass 170 mph without the limiter in place.
Are Rolls-Royce Cars Reliable?
As a part of BMW and the most expensive brand under the BMW umbrella, Rolls-Royce cars are generally very reliable despite their unique underpinnings and engines that are not shared, for the most part, with other BMW products. However, build quality is high and, thanks to the aluminum shells, your Roller is protected from rust. However, owning and maintaining a Rolls-Royce is expensive and this means that if you don’t afford to maintain it properly, problems will appear over time as these are cars that pack an impressive amount of technology in them, many electrical systems, many computers, all that can fail if the car is not taken care of properly. J.D. Power has not rated any Rolls-Royce models at the time of writing.