RE: Rolls-Royce unveils 600hp Cullinan Black Badge

RE: Rolls-Royce unveils 600hp Cullinan Black Badge

Thursday 7th November

Rolls-Royce unveils 600hp Cullinan Black Badge

London taxi. Black cab. HACKNEY CARRIAGE!!! Got it out of your system? Good



The Cullinan may have proven controversial amongst the chattering classes since its launch last year, but the 42 per cent increase in sales it has helped its maker enjoy in the interim will be anything but to shareholders. Now it's become the latest Rolls-Royce to receive the Black Badge treatment, a decision likely to fuel both outrage and sales in equal measure - so what's new?

Well, although the twin-turbo 6.75-litre V12 remains unchanged mechanically, the wide margins provided by such a gargantuan motor have allowed for an increase in output. New totals of 600hp and 664lb ft - improvements of 30hp and 37lb ft respectively - along with a new "authoritative" exhaust system and unique settings for the transmission, throttle and four-wheel steer are said to create "a sense of urgency without ever undermining its Rolls-Royce peerage."

Making a 2,660kg SUV sportier involves more than improving its sense of acceleration, however, so changes to suspension settings and components, decreased pedal travel, a lower bite point for the brakes and improved disc ventilation are all said to "bolster confidence" in the face of that extra grunt.

As with any Rolls-Royce product, the integrity of the fit and finish will likely be second to none. In this case that pursuit of perfection has led to the creation of a new interior veneer dubbed 'Technical Carbon'. A naked-weave carbon-fibre with a "powerful three-dimensional effect", each leaf of Technical Carbon is said to be finished with six coats of lacquer before being left to cure for 72 hours and then hand-polished to a mirror finish. The entire process lasts 21 days and is paired with new 'Forge Yellow' leather to result in something that will be either abhorrent or amazing, depending on whether you have a side in the KSI vs Logan Paul rematch or not.


The Cullinan Black Badge is said to have been created for "a subset of individuals who seek to subvert the motor car's domineering presence by permanently cloaking it in the night." And while it may be true that the Cullinan's design is best suited to near total darkness, Rolls-Royce has gone to some lengths to ensure it blends in further still. A high-gloss black Spirit of Ecstasy is joined by polished black vertical grille bars, dark chrome grille surrounds, door trim and exhaust pipes, and all-new 22-inch gloss black wheels.

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. And if all that dark metal proves a little too much then clients can commission their own entirely bespoke shade of paint for the bodywork, should Rolls' 44,000 existing options not suffice.

The result of all these changes is "an extremely well-mannered tourer at low speeds and a vivid driver's device when pressed,'' says Rolls. How true that is remains to be seen, but from a tagline at launch of 'Effortless, Everywhere', it does now look as if the Cullinan is trying just a bit too hard.


Search for a Rolls-Royce here















Author
Discussion

EyeHeartSpellin

Original Poster:

117 posts

30 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
I think this is gopping however I got to sit in one (first ever RR) the other day. Jesus Christ they are amazing inside. Finally understood why you would be willing to look like a complete in one.

C7 JFW

1,021 posts

166 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
That has got to be the most appealing version of the Cullinan yet.

I love murdered out cars and this, is on point. Calipers need to be black.

Edited by C7 JFW on Friday 8th November 09:28

Caddyshack

1,632 posts

153 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
Defo lottery win list car, I know it is brash and ugly but what a sense of occasion and luxury to be in

SuperPav

380 posts

72 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
Not a fan of the wheels and red callipers but otherwise this surprisingly looks bloody epic.
As above comment, the interior is otherworldly, no matter what your taste/preference is.

Ashtray83

359 posts

115 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
That is absolutely fantastic! What a thing

Water Fairy

2,960 posts

102 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
If ever proof were needed that money does not necessarily buy taste..........................

Norbury90

6,659 posts

153 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
I think it's helped by taking pictures in the half dark.

It's nice to see Rolls Royce doing well in terms of sales, regardless of my opinion of the car. I doubt I will ever see more than a handful on the road anyway, so it won't offend me too often.

So

16,388 posts

169 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
EyeHeartSpellin said:
I think this is gopping .
It's a fact.

I'd genuinely like to know why RR and Bentley cannot design their SUVs to look pleasing. They can do it with their saloons.


cookie1600

1,309 posts

108 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
TAXI !!!!

Mr-B

2,262 posts

141 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
cookie1600 said:
TAXI !!!!
Yep, just cannot get London black out of my head when I see one, particularly in that spec, even more so.

redroadster

1,018 posts

179 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
Saw one been recovered broken down on M25 yesterday 250000 junk lol

FA57REN

134 posts

2 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
It's like an automotive Rocky Horror Picture Show. I should hate it but I just keep grinning.

Though it's a shame that RR quote power and torque outputs nowadays, instead the old-school 'entirely adequate' quip.

simonbamg

437 posts

70 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
all the car you could ever need

Pericoloso

40,998 posts

110 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
What's it's Ring time ?

Oh that the was yesterday's minibus.

Simonium

659 posts

99 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
That looks ace. I’d expect the comfort to be unparalleled.

belleair302

6,156 posts

154 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
The saddest thing is over 40% of all RR sales globally is now one of these. Really!!

petemurphy

5,659 posts

130 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
yes please

Pothole

27,692 posts

229 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
When my Euromillions cash hits the bank account I'm badging one up as a TX1 and sticking an orange light up sign on the roof!

Dusty964

6,777 posts

137 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
Love it.

Had a go in a friends cullinan yesterday.
Fantastic. Interior was superb.
Don't like the wheels on this one- pretty sure that wouldn't be an issue with the correct payment--but otherwise, I'd have one in an instant.

Pica-Pica

6,068 posts

31 months

Thursday 7th November
quotequote all
Awful wheels.