HARD HIT­TER

Malaysia Tatler - - LIFE -

take on ad­ven­tur­ous ter­rain such as mud, sand and moun­tain. “We al­ready had the re­sources and plat­forms to build a four-wheel drive Rolls-royce that would be able to go off-road, so the Cul­li­nan is re­ally a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion of the brand,” said Tay­lor.

Tak­ing its name from the largest rough di­a­mond ever found, the Cul­li­nan sits on the same all-alu­minium Ar­chi­tec­ture of Lux­ury space­frame as Rolls-royce’s new-gen­er­a­tion Phan­tom, but its pur­pose goes be­yond pro­vid­ing the mar­que’s clas­sic magic car­pet ride. Tough, ver­sa­tile and prac­ti­cal—th­ese words are en­ter­ing the Rolls-royce lex­i­con for the first time—“the Cul­li­nan brings you to your end des­ti­na­tion ef­fort­lessly and with a sense of el­e­gance, whether it’s up a moun­tain or to the red car­pet at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val”, said Tay­lor. And it will get you there fast, with a 6.75L twin-tur­bocharged V12 en­gine pro­duc­ing 563bhp un­der its hood. In terms of aes­thet­ics, the car’s tough­ness is shown in the bold lines that de­fine its ex­te­rior, from the strong brow that runs across the top of its large pan­theon grille to the promi­nent lines that cut and give shape to its dis­tinc­tive rear. Part of the Cul­li­nan’s prac­ti­cal­ity as a car is also its de­sire to be fam­ily-friendly. For

“We didn’t treat the Cul­li­nan as a brute util­ity ve­hi­cle to build. It’s sim­ply a Rolls-royce that sits higher and is more us­able—a high-bod­ied limou­sine”

that, we would like to bring your at­ten­tion to one of our favourite fea­tures of the car— the rear, where a mo­torised drawer dubbed the Re­cre­ation Mod­ule sits un­ob­tru­sively in the trunk un­til it is called upon. It is large and spa­cious enough to store the equip­ment needed for a va­ri­ety of hob­bies that a fam­ily might have, from paras­cend­ing to drone pho­tog­ra­phy. Al­ter­na­tively, you could opt to fix the Mod­ule with the Cul­li­nan View­ing Suite, which emerges as two rear-fac­ing leather seats flank­ing a cock­tail ta­ble at the touch of a but­ton. Classy. With­out the Mod­ule, which is an op­tional fea­ture for the car, the floor of the trunk can be raised so you can load in longer items such as your fish­ing gear. Be­sides tai­lor­ing to the di­verse in­ter­ests of a fam­ily, the car also en­sures the ut­most com­fort of its pas­sen­gers. This in­cludes the pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing a three-per­son lounge seat for rear pas­sen­gers in­stead of the stan­dard two. More­over, its coach doors make en­ter­ing the SUV a breeze as the car au­to­mat­i­cally low­ers it­self by 40mm as soon as it is un­locked. Even as the Cul­li­nan takes on new ter­rain for Rolls-royce, and fills a gap in the mar­ket for those who seek a func­tional yet ul­tra-lux­u­ri­ous work­horse, the car still very much em­bod­ies the mar­que’s iden­tity. As Tay­lor said: “We didn’t treat the Cul­li­nan as a brute util­ity ve­hi­cle to build. It’s sim­ply a Rolls-royce that sits higher and is more us­able—a high-bod­ied limou­sine.”

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