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Can You Drift in the Rolls-Royce Cullinan?

Can You Drift in the Rolls-Royce Cullinan?

The SUV doesn’t like it and protests by throwing up an error message

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.

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The Rolls-Royce Cullinan Impressed the Hell Out of Us at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan Impressed the Hell Out of Us at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The world’s most expensive SUV is surprisingly agile

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.

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Someone Seriously Did Doughnuts in a Field with a Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Someone Seriously Did Doughnuts in a Field with a Rolls-Royce Cullinan

We’d do it too if we were given the opportunity

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the first ever utility vehicle offered by the British luxury car manufacturer but, beyond being able to carry the super-rich down the world’s highways and busy metropolitan streets, it can also go off-road like no BMW ever could. This was further showcased when someone decided to do doughnuts in one. In a field.

Launched this year, the Cullinan, named after the largest flawless diamond ever found, is Rolls-Royce’s first ’high-sided car.’ It’s the perfect Alpha to Bentley Bentayga’s Omega and, as we’ve discussed just a couple of days ago, it’s also good when taken off-road.

However, some owners, who’ve paid in excess of $325,000 to get their hands on one, seem not to be entirely convinced of the test that was organized for the press by Rolls-Royce to showcase the Cullinan’s capacity off the beaten path. This owner, for instance, decided it’d be a good idea to take his SUV to a field and just do doughnuts to the sheer enjoyment of those who happen to film the whole thing.

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The Rolls Royce Cullinan Really Can Go Off-Road

The Rolls Royce Cullinan Really Can Go Off-Road

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is actually more capable than we all expected

Few if any Rolls Royce Cullinan owners will realistically take their new high-riding Rolls off-road since they are like all other SUV buyers who just enjoy the raised driving position and the extra feeling of safety that a vehicle like this conveys. Besides, Rolls is marketing the car as a practical, family proposition - something it has never done with any previous model.

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YouTube Star's $80,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom Has A Few Problems With It

YouTube Star’s $80,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom Has A Few Problems With It

The cost of repairs could exceed the amount he paid for the whole car

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.

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Check Out this Detailed Walkaround of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Launch Edition - Video

Check Out this Detailed Walkaround of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Launch Edition - Video

This is what a super luxury SUV is supposed to look like

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.

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Don't Even Bother Trying To Steal Rolls-Royce's Spirit Of Ecstacy Hood Ornament: Video

Don’t Even Bother Trying To Steal Rolls-Royce’s Spirit Of Ecstacy Hood Ornament: Video

It’s a unique feature on all Rolls-Royce models that few people know about

Badges and hood ornaments are arguably one of the most stolen parts of a car. You can add side mirrors, wheel caps, and sometimes, the entire wheels themselves on that list. But when it comes to the ornaments, there is one that’s considered the holy grail of them all: the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy. Needless to say, the luxury British brand has taken great lengths to ensure that the Spirit of Ecstasy, or the Flying Lady as some would call it, remains a permanent part of the car to the point that it becomes impossible to steal.

Mark Powell, the sales director of the Rolls-Royce dealership in Tampa Bay, made a demonstration on what happens when somebody tries to pry the Spirit of Ecstasy ornament from the hood of the car. A simple nudge of the ornament in any direction and the whole thing disappears out of site. The trick behind the hiding Flying Lady is a spring-loaded mechanism that Rolls-Royce began using in the 2003 Phantom. That mechanism jumps into action when the ornament is nudged and the ornament immediately retracts into the radiator shell under the hood of the car. The whole thing happens so quickly that any intention of stealing the ornament disappears just as fast.

To make the ornament feel more secure, Rolls-Royce also put in a button in the cabin of every one of its models whose sole purpose is to raise and lower the ornament at the whims of the owner.

It’s an incredible piece of engineering that often gets lost when people start talking about the opulence of these Rolls-Royce models. But it is an important part of the whole Rolls experience, especially if would-be owners decide that they’d want to have their Flying Lady’s covered in 24-carat gold plating or frosted crystals. In those instances, having that security measure helps prevent the ornament from falling into the wrong hands.

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Top Gear Host Rory Reid Raps His Love for the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

Top Gear Host Rory Reid Raps His Love for the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

He conveys what our hearts feel yet can’t usually verbalize

Journalist Rory Reid has been in the industry quite a while, but has now risen to A-list status with his new gig on Top Gear BBC. While no one has seen Reid and his fellow cast’s Clarkson, May, and Hammond impressions, we’re betting the revised version of Top Gear will be a smash hit.

Just have a look at this: Reid reciting lyrical poetry about his love affair with the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II.

Reid’s on-camera performance is awe-inspiring. His words, so eloquently spoke, about the Ghost are combined with cinematic videography that pull you in – allowing you to vividly imagine the texture of the deep-pile carpet between your toes; to see the Spirit of Ecstasy rise from the satin chrome grille; to feel the effortless acceleration from the 6.6-liter V-12.

Reid’s purpose for his rhymes are realized only seconds into the video when he says, “I wax lyrical about every time I spoke, so this time is prose, rhymes and flow, to convey my feelings about a ride this dope.” The lines keep coming with verses like, “I would never dismiss you, I care and miss you;” and “So much in common, we even share initials;” and perhaps our favorite, “One look and I’m trapped and froze, satin chrome, boy it looks like it’s made out of MacBook Pros.”

And when talking about the yards of white leather delicately stretched throughout the cabin, Reid rhymes, “That fashion house did fashion proud when they splashed it round.” Better yet, referring to the 6.6-liter V-12, he says, “I suppose it could choke the environment, but so could your Prius if you chose to recycle it. This will be here forever.” What a rather valid point, Mr. Reid.

The six-minute video is undoubtedly worth the watch. And while we don’t suspect Reid will be rapping about every car he drives on Top Gear, we are definitely impressed with his skills and on-camera presence.

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Video: Tax the Rich Presents "The Garden of Wraith - by Rolls Royce"

Video: Tax the Rich Presents "The Garden of Wraith - by Rolls Royce"

This video isn’t a promotional video for the Rolls-Royce Wraith, but it very well could be considering how much preparation it took to find a location, bring the Wraith there, and then capture all of it in a two-minute video. But that’s exactly what the folks of ‘Tax the Rich’ did and the result is nothing short of impressive.

A plush garden isn’t exactly what you’d call a traditional setting for a car to be doing what the Wraith is doing in this video. These stunts, including those impressive burnouts, are better served on an asphalt race track and not on that perfectly manicured lawn.

The slow-motion shots of the Wraith do look impressive and the accompanying soundtrack does its job in emphasizing the elegance and classy allure of the luxury sedan. It’s not the kind of promo video you’d expect, which is probably why it’s more memorable than the ones we see all the time.

The Wraith is the Rolls-Royce’s latest luxury offering. It’s powered by Rolls’ traditional, V-12 powerhouse, capable of producing as much as 624 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. That allows the luxury sedan to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds to go with a top speed of about 190 mph.

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Video: Rolls-Royce Previews the 1,001 Nights Collection

Video: Rolls-Royce Previews the 1,001 Nights Collection

It’s easy to see why brands like Rolls-Royce have a deep interest in the Middle Eastern market. It’s one of the biggest sales markets for the company and as a sign of its commitment to building an even bigger presence in the market, the British company is preparing to launch its new 1,001 Nights Collection.

In case the name escapes you, the 1,001 Nights Collection is exclusive to the Middle East, further casting little doubt just how match Rolls wants to be loved in that region.

In this video, Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke division is giving everyone a peek at the exclusive collection, which we will see manifest themselves in the Rolls-Royce Ghost in the future. Incidentally, Rolls-Royce already unveiled the Ghost One Thousand and One Nights Edition late last year.

But it’s only now that we’re seeing just how intricate and meticulous the level of detailing was in putting together what could very well be one of the most exclusive Rolls-Royce models we’ve seen in a while. From the unique motifs to the veneer and wood inlays with arabesque symbols, the Rolls-Royce 1,001 Nights collection is going to be all sorts of exclusive for arguably one of the most exclusive-starved markets in the world.

At this point, we don’t expect anything less from the region and the brand that wants a bigger piece of that said region.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost One Thousand And One Nights Edition

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Video: 2014 Bentley Flying Spur Vs 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Video: 2014 Bentley Flying Spur Vs 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost

To be perfectly honest with you, the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur and the 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost are not necessarily our favorite cars. We’re more interested in nimble sports car, as opposed to massive luxury cars that go fast in a straight line. But if we had to choose between one to have handed to us, we would definitely opt for the Bentley limousine, just because it looks a bit sportier that the Rolls.

This is just our opinions, and we’re sire that plenty of you would take the Ghost. Let’s have a look to see that the folks at Motor Trend think on the two models, and which one would they prefer, as they put the two models against one another in the latest episode of "Head 2 Head."

Be prepared for a slightly unconventional test, as the Motor Trend folks wanted to see if the two models could do a little painting, on top of the typical testing. Check out the video to see which model did best!

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Video: Rolls Royce Teases Upcoming Wraith

Video: Rolls Royce Teases Upcoming Wraith

We are still one month away from the official launch of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but this doesn’t mean we cannot learn some details about the models we will see there. Rolls Royce has unveiled an interesting teaser video for their upcoming Wraith luxury coupe in an attempt to prepare us for its darker side!

Of course, the video reveals pretty much nothing on the future Wraith, but Rolls Royce did promised it has the "power, style and drama to make the world stand still."

Don’t get us wrong, we do appreciate all the models Rolls Royce is offering, but we find this statement a little bit exaggerated. After all, everyone pretty much knows what Rolls Royce has to offer and this model is likely no exception. Then again, maybe the new Wraith will be the exception from the rule!

We’ll have our answer next month when the car will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

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Video: Jay Leno and the Pebble Beach Concepts

Video: Jay Leno and the Pebble Beach Concepts

Jay Leno had a ton of fun at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours, taking in all of the luxury vehicles in attendance, including all of the concepts revealed. In the last episode of Jay Leno’s Garage show, Leno took his time reviewing the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento and the Urus Concepts, but his new episode focuses more on the other concepts presented at the show.

Leno got an up-close look at Infiniti’s fully electric Emerg-E, as well as the latest concept coupes from Rolls-Royce Bespoke and Mercedes-Benz. The first concept to be reviewed is the Emerge-E, which received less than stellar marks. Next, Leno takes a look at the Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupe which will be unveiled in production form sometime next year. His final concept to review was the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Aviator Collection which is also set to be put into limited production.

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Gold-plated Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano guarded by Mansory-tuned Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Gold-plated Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano guarded by Mansory-tuned Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

The power of extravagance knows no bounds, especially for those who just can’t seem to get enough of it. Then again, when you have the ability to just throw money around like its disposable paper, we suppose that you can do pretty much anything you want, including plating your Ferrari supercar in gold.

This is the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano that has been worked on by Hamann so there’s some top-level tuning in the car already. We already saw this car in the past but it’s certainly worth repeating: this bad boy is plated...with gold.

Apparently, the car belongs to a wealthy and high-profile individual from Dubai and was recently spotted in London being accompanied by no less than a Mansory-tuned Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. If a six-figure Rolls-Royce can serve as the ’bodyguard’ of this gold-plated 599 GTB Fiorano, then it certainly speaks volumes as to how extravagant this 673-horsepower, gold-plated Ferrari really is.

The only thing that boggles our mind is how he can get around town, let alone bring it to another country, without being worried about all the eyes that will inevitably fix their attention on his one-of-a-kind Ferrari.

Check out this gold-plated 599 GTB Fiorano in the streets of London after the jump

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 Bean's V16-powered Rolls-Royce Phantom

 Bean’s V16-powered Rolls-Royce Phantom

Rowan Atkinson is known by most as the one of the world’s funniest, albeit quirky, men. After all, Mr. Bean hardly needs much of an introduction, but what most people don’t know is that Mr. Bean is also an avid car lover and collector. Move aside, Jay Leno, because Atkinson knows his fair share of automobiles too, and drives them like a pro.

The proof is in the pudding and while dropping in on the gang at BBC’s Top Gear, Mr. Atkinson brought along one of his prized possessions: a very special Rolls-Royce Phantom. We say special because it doesn’t feature the Phantom’s usual 6.75-liter V12 engine, but a unique 9.0-liter V16. According to Atkinson, Rolls Royce designed the Phantom especially for this engine, but changed their mind at the last minute. The V16 engine was hanging around the company’s store until Atkinson - knowing of its existence and history - specifically asked for it to be dropped into a Phantom. The best part is that the V16-powered Phantom will be used for one of Atkinson’s upcoming movies - Johnny English Reborn - set to air in the States on August 18, 2011.

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Video: Armored Rolls-Royce Phantom gunned down

Video: Armored Rolls-Royce Phantom gunned down

You would think that a car of this stature would not be subjected to this kind of harsh treatment.

Normally, destroying a Rolls-Royce Phantom is tantamount to an act of lunacy. But when you’re testing for the rigidity and sturdiness of an armored Phantom, ensuring that the armor is as good as advertised is more important than any price tag a car commands.

Mutec, a German coach builder that knows their way around armored cars, recently performed a ballistics test on an armored Phantom. We have to admit, it was kind of difficult to see such a luxurious – and expensive – vehicle end up like a shooting arcade game.

But then again, there’s no price tag for safety, right?

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Video: Rolls Royce Ghost preview courtesy of Dan Balmer

Video: Rolls Royce Ghost preview courtesy of Dan Balmer

As if Rolls Royce hasn’t given us enough previews of the Ghost, we now have a video of Dan Balmer, the car’s production manager, taking it out on a test drive out on the road.

While we’ve all seen the countless number of teasers and previews for the Phantom, this is one of the rare times where we see the car actually being driven out of the headquarters. The car, which will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, has already received a mountain of interest from prospective buyers all over the world, most of whom probably can’t wait long enough for the end of the year to arrive – the time Rolls Royce is scheduled to release out in Europe. Incidentally, the rest of the world would have to wait a little while longer – spring 2010 we heard – before they can get behind the wheel of Rolls-Royce’s new pride and joy.

While the car’s release is still a few months away, nobody is stopping us from ogling over it – or getting insanely jealous at Balmer - through this video.

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Video: 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom

Rolls-Royce revealed a revised version of the Phantom a few days ago. Now the company gives a few more details with two new videos of the car. The 2009 Phantom comes with new front-end that includes a streamlined front bumper and a shallower stainless steel grille. It also now has LED door handle illumination, and 21-inch cast aluminum wheels are now standard.




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Matte black Rolls-Royce Phantom

Some cars just look better in matte black. It’s the color that got us to finally like a BMW X6. In the case of this Rolls-Royce Phantom, it’s gone from "Do you have any Grey Poupon?" to "Holy s**t, I think he’s got a gun!"

This is a completely blacked out job, even the Spirit of Ecstasy got a tan. Oddly enough this Phantom is so menacing, it kinda looks like the modified Lincoln that played the killer in the campy 70s horror flick The Car.

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Rolls-Royce turned into a tank

Rolls-Royce turned into a tank

It seems that British television needs ideas to get rid of old Rolls-Royces. Jeremy Clarkson drove a Silver Shadow into a pool a few years ago for Top Gear, and now the guys at Fifth Gear have gone a few steps further. Watch as they take their Silver Shadow and turn it into an armored tank. It may no longer be fast or graceful, but it can now take live rounds.

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Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe

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Car news: 2008, 7th January

Car news: 2008, 7th January

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The car bunker

Seen pictures of those dictators that met their end in a Mercedes? Want more security than you can get in a Secret Service Cadillac? Need to know that you will arrive where you want, when you want? Treat bullets, missiles, grenades and IED’s as the functional equivalent of potholes?
You’ve come to the right place.
Your Rolls-Royce is ready, sir:

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