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
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.