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Automobile - - Design -

1. There is vis­ual con­ti­nu­ity

with the chrome band on the

lower door skins, even if the

el­e­ments are quite far apart.

Very smoothly done, not at

all ob­vi­ous.

2. OK, it’s not a pure ver­ti­cal

line, but it’s not far off, just a

few de­grees of rear­ward lean

for the grille, a bit more for the

fender lead­ing edges.

3. Even very rich com­pa­nies

are re­strained by cap­i­tal costs,

so the Cul­li­nan has to share

side marker lines with other

R-R mod­els … where they also

don’t quite fit.

4. You can see the sub­tle

curv­ing rise of the fender line

above the wheel, but the cut

line just be­hind it is par­al­lel to

the hood cen­ter­line pro­file,

with a slight drop in from

the fender peak.

5. Not re­ally rak­ish but still quite

sport­ing, the wind­shield an­gle is

a lot less up­right than most SUVs.

6. The tra­di­tional Rolls-Royce

cen­ter-open­ing doors give us this

hand­some door han­dle pair about

half­way down the body side.

7. The peak of the up­per side

mold­ing crown is just a bit be­hind

the B-pil­lar …

8. … while the peak of the lower

sec­tion, which also is curved

up­ward from front to back, is just

about half­way along the rear door.

9. This elab­o­rate trim piece recalls

the cast­ings used by Lexus for the

LS 460, an es­pe­cially well-made

car that rather shamed Mercedes

at the time of its launch. Just

right for R-R.

10. The ex­ten­sion of the roof

sur­face im­proves aero­dy­nam­ics

and picks up a nice hard edge that

car­ries across the whole width of

the up­per body.

11. As close to the sawn edges of

the imag­i­nary wooden block as it’s

pos­si­ble to be, this rear sur­face

is per­fectly per­pen­dic­u­lar to the

road sur­face, max­i­miz­ing the

in­te­rior vol­ume avail­able.

12. The only awk­ward­ness on the

ex­te­rior are these sharp-cor­nered

color break lines be­tween body

paint and the black lower sec­tion,

worse in back than in front.

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