Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge Debuts Sinister Style, More Power

  • Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge Debuts Sinister Style, More Power

Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge Debuts Sinister Style, More Power

While the company anticipates most Black Badge customers will specify their vehicle in signature black, the Cullinan will be offered with Rolls-Royce's usual dizzying array of interior and exterior paint and trim options.

The latest Rolls Royce model to receive the Black Badge of honour is the Cullinan SUV, and it's described as the most urban expression of a Black Badge motor auto yet, sporting a sinister new style as well as a more powerful engine and upgraded chassis. So far, the Dawn, Ghost, and Wraith have all been given the Black Badge treatment but now it is time for Rolls-Royce to turn its attention its first SUV model, the Cullinan.

Torsten Muller-Otvos, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said, "Black Badge reflects the desires of a distinct group of Rolls-Royce clients: men and women who take risks, break rules and build success on their own terms".

The Black Badge Cullinan is "now available to commission", Rolls Royce states, and if you have to ask the price...

When Rolls-Royce launched the Black Badge versions of the Wraith and Ghost at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and the Dawn in 2017, the move was fearless enough to spark some internal debate among enthusiasts and connoisseurs. This is a call back to Sir Malcolm Campbell's Rolls-Royce-powered Blue Bird K3 hydroplane. In the case of the Cullinan Black Badge, that means 29 hp more from the V12, taking it to 600 horsepower. The Black Badge Cullinan also receives a more "authoritative" sounding exhaust system as well as various suspension component upgrades aimed at making it more entertaining in the bends. Meanwhile, all previously chromed surfaces like the boot handle, boot trim, side frame finishers, front grille surround, lower air inlets, and exhaust pipes are blacked-out as well. ZF's 8-speed gearbox and both front and rear steered axles work together to provide a sense of engagement with the vehicle and enhance it dynamically too. With a gloss black and polished design, the dark-inspired wheels present the ideal canvass for those contrasting red brake calipers with a high-gloss finish. Each piece apparently takes 21 days to complete, and there are 23 pieces in the Black Badge edition.

The latter do come paired with the first ever coloured brake calipers to grace a Rolls-Royce vehicle (oh the humanity!), however, items which are available in a shade of high-gloss red. The automaker's Spirit of Ecstasy mascot then brands the ride in high gloss black chrome, serving as the darkest Black Badge yet. The Black Badge Cullinan has finally picked up Rolls-Royce's "Starlight" headliner, which uses 1,344 hand-woven fiber optic lights to recreate the night sky, including shooting stars. In order to obtain a racier look, every panel is treated with six coats of lacquer before being hand-polished to a flawless finish after 72 hours of storage.

Of course, the interior color palette is configurable according to taste.

As with any Rolls-Royce product, the integrity of the fit and finish will likely be second to none.