Rolls Royce launched the Black Badge for the first time back in 2016 when it launched the Wraith and the Ghost. In 2017 Dawn received the same treatment and then in 2019 it was Cullinan’s turn to be black. Now, five years after the official launch of the Black Badge treatment, Rolls Royce announces the Black Badge Ghost - the "purest and most technologically advanced Black Badge motor car yet."
SUV Battle: Cullinan Black Badge vs Urus, did anyone ask for this duel? The guys at ABT did it anyway.
In this latest ¼ mile drag race showdown, Daniel Abt pits two vehicles that cater to two different ends of the SUV spectrum. They include the Rolls Royce Cullinan, which has to be the most luxurious SUVs that money can buy today, and the Lamborghini Urus, one of the sportiest ones out there.
2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan By Klassen
On the U.S. market, a base Rolls Royce Cullinan is priced at $330,000. Not the cheapest SUV out there, but not very bad considering we are looking at a super-luxurious SUV. Then again, if you think that the prices for the Aston Martin DBX start from $180k and the ones for the Lamborghini Urus from a little over $210k, maybe the Cullinan is a bit expensive!
But, how would you feel about a $1 million Cullinan? Or, to be more precise €833,000 - or about $965,000 at the current exchange rate. A model like this actually does exist and it comes from the German tuner Klasses. Why is it so expensive? Lets find out!
Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is the most expensive new car in the world at $28 Million Dollars
The Rolls Royce Spectre Will be the British Luxury Automakers Very First All-Electric Car
Rolls Royce is a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury motoring. The next chapter in the luxury automaker’s history now begins as the brand just announced its very first all-electric model, the Spectre. The British marque has been experimenting with the idea of an EV for over a decade now, having built two concept cars previously.
While those cars were mere experimental vehicles that faced issues with charge times and range, RR has finally overcome those challenges and is now ready to bring their very first all-electric vehicle to market. Unlike some of its competitors, Rolls Royce is skipping the plugin hybrid phase altogether and is heading straight towards electrification.
Tuning Firm Spofec May Have Turned The Rolls Royce Ghost Into A Better-Looking Car
Modifying the appearance of high-end cars can lead to controversial results. This, of course, hasn’t stopped tuning companies from engaging in such practices. However, sometimes such companies do it right. The German tuning house Novitec is among them and their Spofec department, which specializes in Rolls Royce vehicles, has just introduced a subtly modified version of the Rolls Royce Ghost, once again.
2021 Rolls Royce Ghost V-12 by Mansory
Rolls Royce’s design department hasn’t had much to do in the last two decades. Their designs have certainly stood the test of time with subtle facelifts for their cars. Between 2003 and 2017, there were only two models: the Phantom and the Ghost. There were also coupe and convertible versions, but that was about it.
Fortunately, there has been a renaissance in recent years. Both the Phantom and Ghost were completely redesigned from the ground up, and in keeping with the times, Rolls added an SUV, the Cullinan to their lineup. The new Ghost in particular appears futuristic without losing its traditional appearance, and it is dignified without being overbearing.
2021 Rolls-Royce Dawn And Wraith Black Badge Landspeed Collection
Before World War II sent the world into chaos once again, Captain George Eyston piloted the aero-shaped Thunderbolt record car to not one but two world land-speed records. His first wun on the Bonneville Salts Flats happened on November 19, 1937 where he managed to push the thunderbolt up to a record of 312 mph. Almost a year later, in late-1938, he did it again, only this time he hit 357.5 mph, and that record held through WWII as there were no other land-speed record attempts that that time. The car itself was of significant importance because it was powered by two mighty Rolls-Royce V-12 aircraft engines. Eyston never returned to attempt breaking his record after WWII ended, but Rolls-Royce has found it appropriate to remind the world of his previous records and honor him with special edition cars – one based on the Rolls-Royce Wraith and the other based on the Rolls-Royce Dawn, both in Black Badge trim.
Neither of these cars feature anything like the massive 37-liter, V-12, Rolls-Royce engines that sent Eyston beyond the 300-mph mark way back in the 1930s, but they do feature the brands tried-and-true 6.6-liter V-12. In the Wraith, that engine is good for 623 horsepower and 642 pound-feet of torque while the Dawn Black Badge is good for 593 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque. Oddly enough, Rolls-Royce didn’t think it was worth providing any performance upgrades for either of the special edition cars, but there are a few things of not. The interior of both cars feature a special texture that resembles the cracked ground of Bonneville. The starlight headliner in the Wraith was design to mimic the night sky over Bonneville on September 16, 1938 when Eyston made his second land-speed record. Finally, the interior is finished off with silhouettes of the Thunderbolt laser-etched on the front tunnel and the clock has been redesigned to look like the original gauges in the Thunderbolt.
The exterior of these cars are limited to a special two-tone finish, most notably the new “Bonneville Blue” hue designed specifically for these two cars. You’ll find a few bits of yellow and black, which also pay tribute to the old record-setting car. In the end, Rolls-Royce is only making 60 examples of these cars, with production of the Wraith limited to just 35 and the Dawn being even more obscure, with production capped at just 25 examples.
Project Silent Shadow - The Top Secret Rolls-Royce EV Has Been Confirmed
It’s been a few months since we’ve discussed just what Rolls-Royce is going to do as it transitions into the future where electricity must replace fuel, and outside of concept cars like the 2011 Phantom Experiment Electric 102EX and the 2016 Rolls-Royce 103EX Vision 100, the company hasn’t shown us anything of substance. Now, however, Rolls-Royce has confirmed that it is, in fact, developing an EV, and the name is going to sound very familiar.
A Rolls-Royce Phantom With a Supra 2JZ Swap Actually Exists
In the car world, there are certain things that are considered highly unusual or even taboo. For example, LS-swapping a Ferrari 250 GTO or stancing-out a Bugatti Chiron would be considered a criminal offense by many car enthusiasts. It seems, in Japan, many of these things don’t matter. In fact, Japanese car enthusiasts strongly believe that the more a car reflects the driver’s personality, the better. Edward Skvortsov’s YouTube channel showcases one such car and this one might surprise you with its weirdness.
2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan by Novitec
Novitec is back with a new tuning program, this time for Rolls-Royce’s monolithic SUV, the Cullinan.
The tuning kit is a typical program for the German tuner. It comes with aerodynamic add-ons to go with a modified engine, a new exhaust, and a new set of wheels. The Cullinan looks more aggressive than before, but you have to wonder if "aggression" is part of what makes a Rolls-Royce. Pricing details were not revealed; the cost will depend on what upgrades you include in your cart.
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.
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.