MO­TOR­ING

The Rolls-Royce Cul­li­nan

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Rolls-Royce be­lieves that its cus­tomers want to go every­where in lux­ury, ef­fort­lessly and with­out com­pro­mise. Even the hash­tag that was cre­ated for the brand’s launch of the Cul­li­nan SUV de­scribes the vi­sion: #Ef­fort­lessEvery­where.

‘#Ef­fort­lessEvery­where is not just the prom­ise be­hind [the] Cul­li­nan. It’s the fact,’ says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO at Roll­sRoyce Mo­tor Cars.

It was named af­ter the largest di­a­mond ever dis­cov­ered, which now re­sides in the Crown Jew­els of the United King­dom.

The de­sign team treated this brand­new Rolls-Royce as a unique, high-bod­ied car. It had to pos­sess an im­me­di­ate sense of ac­com­plish­ment. And in­stead of what Rolls-Royce calls the ‘two-box sil­hou­ette’ of an SUV, it de­vel­oped a ‘three-box high­bod­ied all-ter­rain car with a con­ven­tion­chal­leng­ing de­sign’. The Cul­li­nan’s re­tractable glass par­ti­tion iso­lates the pas­sen­ger cabin from the lug­gage com­part­ment, in a nod to the era when lug­gage was mounted out­side the ve­hi­cle.There is a choice of ei­ther a lounge seat or in­di­vid­ual seats for the rear pas­sen­gers, with the love seat be­ing the most func­tional as it can ac­com­mo­date three pas­sen­gers. But if it is ul­ti­mate lux­ury you’re af­ter, then the in­di­vid­ual seats are ideal, with sepa­ra­tion by a fixed rear cen­tre con­sole in­cor­po­rat­ing a drinks cab­i­net with Rolls-Royce whisky glasses and a de­canter, Cham­pagne flutes and a re­frig­er­a­tor.

The Cul­li­nan will keep you con­nected with five USB ports through­out the cabin, and phones can be charged wire­lessly.

The car low­ers it­self by 40mm when you en­ter or exit the ve­hi­cle, and all seats are heated and cooled. The rear doors close them­selves au­to­mat­i­cally.

And just in case you thought you couldn’t get any more com­fort­able, the driv­e­train sys­tem has been en­gi­neered to ‘ bring the famed Rolls-Royce “Magic Car­pet Ride” to all other ter­rains, while en­sur­ing classlead­ing on-road be­hav­iour in the SUV sec­tor’. With a 6.75 ℓ twin-turbo V12 Rolls-Royce en­gine, you’re guar­an­teed to get to your des­ti­na­tion in a speedy fash­ion.

Lo­cal Rolls-Royce dis­trib­u­tor Day­tona says we will see four of these ve­hi­cles ar­rive in SA later in 2018, with more or­ders sched­uled for 2019. Day­tona can’t con­firm a price, but it is ex­pected to be the most expensive SUV avail­able in South Africa. The Bent­ley Ben­tayga cur­rently holds that spot with its price tag of just un­der R4 mil­lion. Start sav­ing.

un­der the bon­net

Model: Rolls-Royce Cul­li­nan En­gine: 6.75 ℓ twin-turbo V12, 420kW, 850Nm Com­bined fuel con­sump­tion: 15 ℓ /100km Lug­gage com­part­ment: 526 ℓ Price: POR

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