The Rolls-Royce Cullinan Goes to the Dark Side
Rolls-Royce extends the Black Badge treatment to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, making it the most audacious “King of the Night”
British luxury automobile maker Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has recently announced its latest family member of the Black Badge: The Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan. Dubbed as the darkest, most urban expression of a Black Badge motor car yet, this follows the release of another previous trio in 2016 and 2017: Wraith, Ghost and Dawn.
The unapologetic and highly dynamic Black Badge was initially presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2016, a permanent bespoke family of motor cars that defined the taste patterns of new generation super-luxury consumers. Meanwhile, the Cullinan itself was launched globally in 2018 with the original silver badge guise, which shortly becomes the world’s favourite super-luxury SUV, thanks to the combination of Rolls-Royce luxury with the practicality of an off-road SUV, catering to the target audience of younger and more adventurous clientele.
The Black Badge Cullinan boasts an exterior with multiple layers of paint and lacquer, applied and hand-polished 10 times at Rolls-Royce’s home in Goodwood, West Sussex. The automaker’s Spirit of Ecstasy mascot then brands the ride in high gloss black chrome, serving as the darkest Black Badge yet. Furthermore, the double R badge on the front, flanks, and aft invert to become silver-on-black, as the chrome featured on the front grille surround, side frame finishers, boot handle, boot trim, lower air inlet finisher, and exhaust pipes are darkened. Additional exterior design elements include the marque’s first-ever coloured brake caliper in high gloss red and all-new 22-inch forged alloy wheels, reserved exclusively for Black Badge Cullinan.
The interior of the Black Badge Cullinan is highlighted by Technical Carbon veneer, with a naked-weave carbon-fiber finish that showcases highly accurate repeating geometrical shapes and powerful three-dimensional effect. Each leaf of Technical Carbon is finished with six coats of lacquer before being left to cure for 72 hours then hand-polished to Rolls-Royce’s hallmark mirror finish. Showing Rolls-Royce’s commitment as one of the best automakers worldwide, this process takes 21 days and is only deemed complete once every piece is inspected by a craftsperson to ensure complete reflective uniformity across each of the 23 pieces within the car.
The cabin also incorporates fine black leather handwoven with 1,344 fiber optic lights to mimic the sky at night. Each vehicle that bears the Black Badge designation features the mathematical symbol that represents a potential infinity, the lemniscate, in the interior. The seating is offered in a bold and contrasting new leather colour in Forge Yellow, with a final touch of Infinity lemniscate motif embroidered into the fold-down rear arm-rest as an elegant reminder of the power contained within.
The Black Badge Cullinan’s upgraded 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine now produces 600 hp (447 kW) and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque. That’s a serious improvement over the 563 hp (420 kW) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of the standard model. The Architecture of Luxury has been engineered, which results in a “Low” button on the gear shift lever that gives the Black Badge Cullinan’s exhaust a more conspicuous note, while the new exhaust system apparently creates a more bassy sound.