The Rolls-Royce Cullinan
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is a full-size luxury SUV produced by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The Cullinan is the first SUV to be launched by the Rolls-Royce marque and is also the brand’s first all-wheel-drive vehicle.
It is named after the Cullinan Diamond, the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever discovered.
The Cullinan sits above the Ghost and below the Phantom in Rolls-Royce’s line-up, with a starting price in the United States of approximately $345,000 (£255,000).
Series production of the Cullinan is expected to begin in the second half of 2018, while first customer deliveries will take place in the first quarter of 2019.
The Cullinan was revealed in May 2018 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
It was long rumored that the car company would venture into making an SUV. Auto Express exclusively reported that design was in the works and correctly that the name would be Cullinan. This was due to its competitors such as Bentley and Lamborghini venturing into the SUV business with the Bentayga and the Urus respectively. On 17 September 2015, it was confirmed by Rolls-Royce design chief Giles Taylor that the company was tinkering on it. At the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, Rolls Royce’s CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said that the SUV will be revealed in 2018 and be on the market in 2019.
A model was spotted testing on 23 December 2015 by Autocar.
The name “Cullinan” was confirmed by Rolls Royce on 13 February 2018. It is named after the Cullinan diamond, the largest diamond ever found at 3100 carats.
The Cullinan uses an aluminium spaceframe chassis; this is a version of Rolls-Royce’s modular “Architecture of Luxury” platform. This platform made its debut in the New Phantom VIII.
The Cullinan uses a double-wishbone front axle and a 5-link rear axle. It is fitted with self-leveling air suspension and electronically controlled dampers front and rear. It is also equipped with electrically actuated active anti-roll bars.
The Cullinan is also fitted with a stereo camera integrated into the front windscreen that scans the road ahead and adjusts the suspension proactively so as to improve ride quality. This system, dubbed “The Flagbearer” by Rolls-Royce, operates at speeds of up to 100 km/h (62 mph). Michael Snell, Marketing Manager of the Americas for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA stated, “Even with the updated improvements to Cullinan’s suspension and drive systems, the ride experience has not been compromised as the vehicle still retains our signature “Magic Carpet Ride” experience whilst you drive over any terrain.”
Like the Phantom VIII, the Cullinan employs a four-wheel steering system to improve both maneuverabilities at low speeds and stability at higher speeds.
The Cullinan is exclusively available with a twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V12 engine.
ZF’s 8HP 8-speed automatic transmission is the Cullinan’s sole gearbox option.
The Cullinan uses a permanent all-wheel drive system.
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