The Rolls-Royce Cullinan

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan


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Ladies and gentlemen,
behold the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan. That's just never gonna get old, is it? Now we call this an SUV.
Rolls-Royce call it a high-bodied vehicle. You can call it
whatever the hell you like. First impressions, well,
it's quite large, isn't it? Yeah, about the same length
as the standard wheelbase Phantom, but obviously a lot higher. We've got the air suspension here
in its highest setting: maximum effect. and I have to say I quite like it. Might come back to bite me, that one, but basically, this thing does
what it says in the tin. It's unmistakably a Rolls-Royce.
It's got a bit of Phantom DNA in there, and it's all been carefully moulded into
the shape of a massive off-roader. Now we should probably get the techie bits
out of the way first, so we can go and have a play in the back. Under there, we've got
the same aluminium scalable architecture that you get with the Phantom, but actually, that's the platform that's
gonna underpin all future Rolls-Royces, so the next Wraith, the next Ghost. What it means is this shares
the Phantom's four-wheels theory. It also gets
the same 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 with over 650 horsepower
and plenty of torque. Most importantly though, this car gets
four-wheel-drive, so if you have a look down here, you'll notice 22- inch wheels. There's also quite a lot of
ground clearance and quite a lot of suspension travel. That's because Rolls-Royce didn't want
this car to be just a jacked-up Phantom. It had to be a proper off-roader, so whether the owners
were charging across their polo field or cruising across the Serengeti and, by the way, these real things that
happen in the lives of Rolls-Royce owners. Well, it had to be just as effortless
as every other product they've ever made. Right, so if you come around the back,
there's two things I want to point out. The first is this little notch back here. It's what Rolls-Royce designers call
the bustle, and supposedly it mimics the fact
that in the olden days, Rolls Royces would have a trunk
latched to the back of them with leather straps. Designers, ey? Anyway, the other bit is this. It's the rear tailgate.
This thing is a hatchback. The first series Rolls-Royce to ever have
a hatch, and it gets better because if I open
this up and then open this, it's got a proper split tailgate, and all you country folk out there
will know that it's absolutely vital to have one of these
to put your wellies on. There is a slight fault, though,
which I'll demonstrate now. You can't stand fully up in it,
because this thing overhangs, which means you can't get
the prime viewing spot at the horse-racing unless of course you're
a five-year-old child. Rolls-Royce does make up for it, though, because you can have two modules that you click into the back. The first is basically a big box
with a load of custom drawers inside it, so whether you're a fisherman or you like
photography or you like hunting, it can all be customized to your needs. The second is something called
the viewing suite. Now I'm told this is two leather chairs that when you open the tailgate deploy out
the back complete with a cocktail table
in the middle. The idea is that when you back
this thing up to the edge of the Grand Canyon, you can sit back in utter luxury
with your other half, drinking a cocktail and admiring the view. I think that's called winning at life. Right. The interior it is beautiful,
of course, but if I hit this button here, yes,
you see all my instrument dial lights up, so we've got physical dials
but a digital background, and in the middle, a flap lifts up
to reveal my infotainment screen, but before we get to all that,
I want to talk about the stance, because from where I'm sitting,
it's quite an extraordinary view, just looking right down that bonnet. In the Phantom, you already sat
above the traffic, because its wings are just so massive.
In this thing, well, you tower above them. What I need to show you
is the off-road mode, so basically, you hit a button here
and you get three choices. The first is uneven firm terrain,
so gravel. The next one slippery loose terrain,
so wet grass basically. And the last one very soft loose terrain,
so basically nasty mud, deep snow or sand. Quite literally then,
Rolls-Royce isn't mucking about. Right. Now the first thing to mention
while I wait for my door to close itself is the fact that there are no plans
for an extended wheelbase version of the Cullinan, but seeing as I have
roughly 42 feet of legroom here, I don't think that's going to be much of
a problem. You'll notice up here, we don't have
the Starlight headliner with all its twinkly lights. Instead
we have a panoramic glass roof. Now you can choose between the two. There's also a choice down here, because this one is the bench seat. It's the family-friendly Rolls-Royce. For the selfish people out there, well, you can have
two individual rear seats, but yeah, this is for the family man
that has everything. Even got little zips down here
with ISOFIX mounting points. They've really thought of everything
in here. If you're late for the board meeting,
hit this button and your table and screen deploy, so you can catch up with your emails or they've got a clever
new screen mirroring function, so say you've got a TV show
or a film on your phone or iPad where you can just shoot it wirelessly
to this screen and keep your kids quiet. I could get used to this. So, time to answer
the really big question. How much for the Roller? Well, we don't have an exact price yet, but what we do know is that it sits
somewhere between the Ghost and the Phantom. Now the Phantom starts at around
360 grand, the Ghost at a bit over 200 grand. So I'm going to hedge my bets here and say the Cullinan will cost
around 300,000 pounds. That's a lot of money, sure, but come on.
It's a lot of car.

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