2019 ROLL­SROYCE CUL­LI­NAN

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ON SALE: Pre­orders open now; de­liv­er­ies early 2019 BASE PRICE: $350,000 (est)

The in­evitable Roll­sRoyce SUV has fi­nally ar­rived, and the Cul­li­nan is ex­actly what we ex­pected: large, lux­u­ri­ous, be­spoke, and ex­pen­sive. It’s not en­tirely the sto­ried mar­que’s first util­ity rodeo, as many of the cus­tom Rolls-Royces built for the Ma­hara­jas of In­dia in the 1920s and ’30s for pur­poses such as tiger hunt­ing were ef­fec­tively the ul­tra­lux­ury SUVs of their time.

Power comes from, what else, the mar­que’s sig­na­ture 6.75-liter twin­turbo V-12, mak­ing 563 hp and 627 lb-ft routed through an eight-speed au­to­matic. It needs all the power it can get to move its con­sid­er­able 5,864 pounds, spread across a length of 210 inches. All­wheel drive and all-wheel steer­ing are stan­dard, and the Cul­li­nan is un­der­pinned by the same Ar­chi­tec­ture of Lux­ury plat­form as the new Phan­tom. Be­ing a Roll­sRoyce, your Cul­li­nan will be built ex­actly how you or­der it, pro­vided the wire trans­fers clear.

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