Rolls-Royce Cullinan (2018–)

Model History

May 2018

Rolls Royce launches Cullinan

The 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 Rolls-Royce engine delivers 571PS and 850Nm of torque to the all-new all-wheel drive, all-wheel steer system needed to overcome any challenge.

For the first time a Rolls-Royce has an opening tailgate, called ‘The Clasp’. In a nod to the era when luggage was mounted on the exterior of the motor-car, so the occupants did not travel with their belongings, the rear profile of Cullinan is a two-part, ‘D-Back’ format, with the bustle denoting the place of the luggage. ‘The Clasp’ opens and closes in its two sections automatically at the touch of the key fob button.

The rear passenger compartment of Cullinan has been designed to offer the best seat in the house for the owner’s particular needs. Two rear configurations are offered – Lounge Seats or Individual Seats.

5,341mm long x 2,164mm wide x 1,835mm high (unladen) on a 3,295mm wheelbase.

The Lounge Seat configuration offers space for three passengers in the rear and also fold down electrically in a number of configurations by pressing the appropriate button in the boot or rear door pocket. One press sees each backrest effortlessly fold down, whilst at the same time moving the headrests upwards to avoid making an imprint on the seat cushion. Both seat backs can be folded completely, creating a flat load area or in a 2/3 and 1/3 split, increasing practicality even further. Rear passengers can still travel with a long load, or use the carpeted seat back as an occasional table on which to rest their precious personal items.

The rear compartment or boot area offers a standard 560 litres of space, growing to 600 with the parcel shelf removed. Furthermore, the base of the rear seats sits higher than the boot floor, so even with both rear seats folded, the items in the boot cannot slip forward and are safely contained, unlike in any other SUV. But for those wishing to carry a long item back from their trip a loading length of 2,245mm and load capacity of 1886 litres is accessed by electronically raising the boot floor to meet the seat base, allowing the item to slide through effortlessly. Tis load length is longer than a Range Rover Vogue Extended Wheelbase.

The Individual Rear Seat configuration is for those who value the ultimate luxury an SUV can offer over practicality. The two individual rear seats are separated by a Fixed Rear Centre Console incorporating a drinks cabinet with Rolls-Royce whisky glasses and decanter, champagne flutes and refrigerator. The seats also move in a number of planes to offer ultimate comfort whilst travelling in the rear.

A glass partition isolates the passenger cabin from the luggage compartment, creating an inner ecosystem for the occupants. In addition to enhanced and class-leading silence within the cabin, a further benefit becomes clear in the hottest and coldest of environments. Thanks to the sealed cabin created by the glass partition wall, the occupants can remain in the optimum temperature even when the luggage compartment stands open.

A touch of the start button then elevates Cullinan 40mm to its standard, commanding ride height, placing its occupants in the perfect position from which to see the world as it drives off.

The central information screen is for the first time touch sensitive, allowing the driver to quickly select functions, map views and vehicle set-up whilst on the trail. This portal can still be controlled from the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy controller which nestles on the central console with the ‘Off-Road’ button, Hill Descent Control button and Air Suspension height adjustment controls.

Further equipment includes: Night Vision and Vision Assist including daytime and night-time Wildlife & Pedestrian warning; Alertness Assistant; a 4-Camera system with Panoramic View, all-round visibility and helicopter view; Active Cruise Control; Collision Warning; Cross-Traffic Warning, Lane Departure and Lane Change Warning; an industry leading 7x3 High-Resolution Head-Up Display, WiFi hotspot, and of course the latest Navigation and Entertainment Systems.

Rear passengers sit higher than those in the front on Rolls-Royce’s Pavilion Seating, enjoying grandstand views of their surroundings thanks to the large glazed area of Cullinan’s side windows and panoramic glass roof. They can zero in on their location on the rear touchscreen map. Electronic devices can be charged via the five USB ports around the cabin, whilst phones can be wirelessly charged in the front of the cabin.

Occupants can descend without dirtying their trouser legs as both front and rear coach doors wrap low under the sill of Cullinan, ensuring that all dirt remains on the outside of the door. A feature only Rolls-Royce would have considered.

Rolls-Royce’s celebrated Magic Carpet Ride impresses off-road as well as on-road thanks to the new lighter architecture, and the latest generation of self-levelling air suspension. Through a thorough re-engineering of the existing air suspension system – including adding larger air struts with more air volume to cushion the blows of the toughest of terrains – the strengthening of drive and prop shafts, the inclusion of drive to the front wheels as well as the back for the first time in Rolls-Royce history, and the complete reworking of the new 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 Rolls-Royce engine to deliver just the right level of torque (850Nm) at the lowest possible revolutions (1,600rpm), the Rolls-Royce engineering team has ensured Cullinan will take owners to places no modern Rolls-Royce owner has travelled in luxury before.

The suspension makes millions of calculations every second as it continuously varies the electronically controlled shock absorber adjustment system – reacting to body and wheel acceleration, steering inputs and camera information. A new double-wishbone front axle and 5-link rear axle deliver astounding levels of control over lateral roll and shear forces and deliver incredible agility and stability, as does the addition of four-wheel steering, all contributing to incredible drivability and nimbleness.

In the case of driving off-road, the electronically controlled shock absorber adjustment system uses an air compression system to actively push down any wheel it detects losing traction to ensure every wheel is constantly in contact with the ground and maximum torque is being provided to all wheels.

One single push the ‘Everywhere’ buttonis all it takes to harness all peerless Rolls-Royce engineering and unleash all of Cullinan’s off-road capability. Once engaged, the driver can finesse the off-road setting to glide over any situation, whether it be rough track, gravel, wet grass, mud, snow or sand delivering all 850Nm of torque to all four wheels without interruption. And faced with deep snow, sand or the need to ford streams, Cullinan delivers the deepest wading depth of any super-luxury SUV at 540mm thanks to its highest ride height.

Magma Red Cullinan

Dimensions

Number of doors / seats

4 / 5

Vehicle length

5341mm / 210 in

Vehicle width

2164mm / 85 in

Vehicle height (unladen)

1835mm / 72 in

Wheelbase

3295mm / 130 in

Turning circle

13.23 m

Boot volume

600 ltr

Weight

Unladen weight (DIN)

2660 kg / 5864 lb

Engine

Engine / cylinders / valves

6.75 ltr / 12 / 48

Power output @ engine speed

563 bhp / 571 PS (DIN) / 420kW @ 5000 rpm

Max torque @ engine speed

850 Nm @ 1600 rpm

Fuel type 1

Petrol

Performance

Top speed

155 mph / 250 km/h (governed)

Fuel Efficiency

Fuel Consumption (combined) 2

15 ltr/100 km / 18.8 mpg

CO2 Emissions (combined) 2

341 g/km

Darkest Tungsten Cullinan

Dimensions

Number of doors / seats

4 / 4

Vehicle length

5341mm / 210 in

Vehicle width

2164mm / 85 in

Vehicle height (unladen)

1835mm / 72 in

Wheelbase

3295mm / 130 in

Turning circle

13.23 m

Boot volume

526 ltr

Weight

Unladen weight (DIN)

2660 kg / 5864 lb

Engine

Engine / cylinders / valves

6.75 ltr / 12 / 48

Power output @ engine speed

563 bhp / 571 PS (DIN) / 420kW @ 5000 rpm

Max torque @ engine speed

850 Nm @ 1600 rpm

Fuel type 1

Petrol

Performance

Top speed

155 mph / 250 km/h (governed)

Fuel Efficiency

Fuel Consumption (combined) 2

15 ltr/100 km / 18.8 mpg

CO2 Emissions (combined) 2

341 g/km

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