The most important car ever in the Goodwood company’s 112-year history, the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan ‘high-riding’ vehicle, is a V12-engined monster
Back in the day with fewer roads but more sense, Maharajas used to cross the foothills of the Himalayas in their Rolls-Royces. Soon you’ll be able to cross the speedbumps down Beach Road on Friday night in your Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
Goodwood has finally stopped teasing us with the obvious and unveiled the company’s first official all-terrain vehicle, but of course Rolls-Royce doesn’t stoop to calling its Cullinan an SUV. It’s a ‘high-riding’ motor car, old boy, so high riding, it makes 22-inch wheels look small.
Indeed, it makes everything look small – compared to something like the Bentley Bentayga, the Cullinan is 200mm longer and over 90mm taller, and a whopping 166mm wider so good lucking fitting this bad boy into a parking spot, valet guy.
If you’re looking for more superlative figures the Cullinan keeps delivering – Rolls-Royce sticks to tradition by fitting a 6.75-litre V12 engine, twin-turbocharged to deliver 563 horsepower and 850Nm of torque from just 1,600rpm. That sounds like a lot, but when you’ve got 2,660kg worth of dead cows and trees to lug around, you get zero to 100kph in an adequate amount of seconds and a top speed of adequate. (It’s limited to 250kph…)
In terms of opulence, this thing is untouchable, with lounge seats or individual seats in the rear, that can be adjusted electronically. A glass partition segregates the passengers from the luggage in the back, where you can brilliantly spec two fold-out leather chairs, which should really impress the guy next to you in the caravan park.
The technology on board is also the best that the Germans (BMW runs the show) offer right now, so there’s night vision, four cameras, panoramic view, active cruise control, loads of driver assistance kit, and a high-resolution head-up display. Satellite navigation data enables the Rolls-Royce Cullinan to cruise minding its speed depending on severity of upcoming bends.
If you want one, and about 2,000 a year will want one growing Goodwood’s annual production close to 6,000 units annually, you’ll merely be getting started from about $350,000.
Oh, and if you’re wondering, this Rolls-Royce is named after the largest diamond ever found. They’re not coy in Goodwood. And the driver won’t be either, with 5,341mm of high-riding motor vehicle to peacock around in.