Rolls-Royce Cul­li­nan

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

of drive go­ing to the front and rear axles to en­sure ideal trac­tion in all cir­cum­stances.

You don’t have to press any but­tons or switches to key in the type of sur­face you are about to drive on, the car checks it all for you by “talk­ing” to the satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem and con­stantly scan­ning the road ahead with pow­er­ful cam­eras ca­pa­ble of de­tect­ing even the small­est pud­dle

The sus­pen­sion makes mil­lions of cal­cu­la­tions ev­ery sec­ond as it con­tin­u­ously varies and ad­justs the shock ab­sorber set­tings.

The Cul­li­nan of­fers a new gen­er­a­tion of off-road­ing.

It’s also packed with other state of the art tech­nol­ogy in­clud­ing night vi­sion, wildlife and pedes­trian warn­ing sys­tems, a high res­o­lu­tion head-up dis­play and a cam­era sys­tem which not only gives a panoramic view of the car but also does a 360 de­gree scan of the ve­hi­cle.

For­tu­nately for Rolls-Royce en­thu­si­asts there are still the mar­que’s more tra­di­tional fea­tures like back doors which open rear­wards and can be closed from in­side at the touch of a but­ton, a col­umn mounted gear shift for the eight speed au­to­matic gear­box and a cen­tre con­sole in­cor­po­rat­ing a drinks cab­i­net with whisky glasses and de­canter, cham­pagne flutes and re­frig­er­a­tor set into the rear seat.

And there are still RR mono­grammed um­brel­las hid­den in tubes in the doors - air warmed of course to en­sure they are al­ways dry.

With the Cul­li­nan buy­ers have a choice of rear seat­ing. There’s the tra­di­tional two in­di­vid­ual arm­chair­like seat­ing ar­range­ment or a new more mod­ern bench seat which al­lows the seat­backs to be folded down - elec­tri­cally of course - to give more boot space.

From be­hind the wheel the feel and the out­look - thanks to that huge bon­net stretch­ing out be­fore you - is just like that of any Rolls-Royce.

It’s a car which glides along serenely in to­tal si­lence and there’s just the slight­est in­crease to whis­per level as you put your right foot down hard and the 571bhp en­gine pow­ers you for­ward with an enor­mous surge but still in a re­fined Rolls-Royce man­ner.

The four-wheel-steer­ing sys­tem en­sures that de­spite the length of the Cul­li­nan it’s su­perbly ma­noeu­vrable when it comes to get­ting into tight spots for park­ing and the han­dling and road hold­ing are spot on.

It will hit 62 miles per hour in 5.2 sec­onds on its way to a top speed of 155 mph and while prospec­tive buy­ers are prob­a­bly not in­ter­ested in fuel con­sump­tion for those who are it’s 18.8mpg.

The new look dash­board fea­tures a nat­u­ral un­var­nished “open pore” wood as well as spe­cially cre­ated leather in­spired by a Prada suit­case from the 1920s.

It’s a nice touch Roll-Royce tra­di­tion­al­ists are bound to warm to.

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