The Rolls-Royce V-12 Will Solider On Until the Brand is Forces 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.
It Looks Like North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Swapped his Mercedes for a New Rolls-Royce Phantom
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is known to have a taste for fancy luxury cars, and it appears that his latest ride is none other than a Rolls-Royce Phantom. Kim arrived at his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the luxury sedan — eagle-eyed observers saw the Rolls-Royce logo on the car’s wheel center caps — prompting speculation that the North Korean president has a new ride to go along with the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman Grand armored limousine that he used during his summit with his South Koran counterpart, Moon Jae-in, earlier this year.
Rolls-Royce Cullinan Stretched by Klassen
This Cullinan clearly shows that there is no dearth of people ready to spend money on anything a company makes. This time, it’s for a stretched Rolls-Royce Cullinan. German company Klassen, which specializes in stretching high-end cars, has worked on the world’s most luxurious SUV. Price? No biggie. Klassen is selling for a “modest” $2 million.
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.
Are These Rolls-Royce Mini Robots The First Step in Creating a Borg Collective?
Proving that robotics is right in its wheelhouse, Roll-Royce, alongside Harvard University and The University of Nottingham, is looking into developing small robots, called SWARM robots, to help maintain aircraft engines. The technology, which was initially showcased at the Singapore Airshow earlier this year, involves microbots that measure roughly 10 mm in diameter. These microbots are deposited into the center of a plane’s engine where they can go around autonomously and conduct visual inspections of the engine, especially areas that are harder to reach than others, and make the necessary repairs in the event they’re needed.
Rolls-Royce is Bringing An Army of Special Edition Models to Monterey Car Week
Rolls-Royce is bringing four different versions of the Cullinan to Monterey Car Week as part of the luxury SUV’s public debut in the U.S. All four versions of the Cullinan will sport different paint jobs. They’ll also be joined by a handful of special edition Rolls-Royce models, including the Umbra Black Badge, the Paradiso, and Nebula Collections. All three collections feature Dawn, Ghost, and Wraith models, though the Dawn will be showcased as an exclusive model, called the Dawn Black Badge Adamas Collection. The luxury automaker will also bring a one-off Phantom that’s earmarked for Rolls-Royce enthusiast Michael Fux.
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.
BMW’s New Trademark Could Point to The Next One-Off Rolls-Royce Model
Rolls-Royce appears to have another one-off model in its sights after parent company BMW filed a trademark for the name “Boat Tail” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Rolls-Royce’s long history of building coach-built models is well-established. It hasn’t done a lot of it in recent years, but it did drop quite the surprise last year when it unveiled the Sweptail, a one-off creation that took four years to create. Don’t look now because It’s unclear what Bimmer’s reasons are for filing the trademark, but it likely has something to do with Rolls-Royce.
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.
Rolls-Royce Thinks its Customers Are Too Good for Semi-Autonomous Technology
According to Rolls-Royce, all of its customers have Chauffeurs, and when you cater to the one-percent, there’s no room for semi-autonomous technology. It’s not for Rolls-Royce customers. At least not until it’s truly effortless and then it’ll be ripe enough for the typical Rolls-Royce client. While the statement above makes Rolls sound about as stuck up as the people it builds cars for, its reasoning does have some merit. The fact is that for customers that do have Chauffeurs (I’m definitely not saying all do, but a good portion surely do) it wouldn’t make sense to pay your very own Alfred to sit around and do nothing, waiting for an instance where he’ll have to take over.
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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Xtomi Ponders How the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Could Evolve with Six Renderings
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan has some people drooling and some people criticizing. Well, be prepared to drool and criticize even more as our friend Xtomi has decided to render the Cullinan in five different body styles that range from a shooting brake to a coupe, to a pickup. That’s right folks, an actual Cullinan pickup truck. So, with that said, we’re going to pick each design apart a bit and decide whether or not Rolls should actually considering making any of these body styles.
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!
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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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan just debuted this week, and while we knew it would be based on the Phantom, we didn’t realize there would be so much Phantom in it. It’s a clear descendant, that’s for sure. Be that as it may, the Cullinan still stands out with its seemingly unlimited headroom in comparison, and it’s the world’s first three-box SUV since the cargo area is completely separated from the passenger compartment thanks to a wall. And, despite the fact that it was designed to go off-road (not that anyone ever would do such a thing,) it still maintains that classic Rolls magic carpet ride feeling when cruising down the road. It doesn’t come cheap, though, and some of us are stuck admiring from a distance, so we figured there’s no time like the present and made it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve got some great images, so if you don’t like the one we picked out, slide on down to see more wallpaper quality images of this V-12 powered beast.
2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan
The luxury SUV bug has bitten its share of automakers in recent years. Up to now, Rolls-Royce has been an exception, but come 2018 and the British automaker launched its very own people hauler. Better late than never, Rolls-Royce. News of Rolls’ interest in developing a luxury SUV came to light in 2015, when Rolls-Royce was already working on a brand-new platform for the Phantom sedan. As expected, the SUV is based on the same underpinnings and shares many styling cues and features with the luxury four-door.
Although Rolls-Royce has no history with SUVs, the company cited vehicles from the past which have been successful in events such as the Scottish Reliability Trials and the Alpine Trials, and had the ability to carry their owners "over challenging terrain with absolute reliability and comfort" in Australia, India, and other parts of the world. On top of being Rolls-Royce’s first-ever SUV, the Cullinan also introduces many new technologies to the brand, including all-wheel drive, an off-road driving mode, and a suspension that actively extends the dampers to keep every wheel on the ground in rough terrain. The SUV’s true purpose is to challenge the Bentley Bentayga, but how does the Cullinan compare to its British rival? Let’s find out in the review 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.