The assertion in Wikipedia that the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is a full-sized luxury sport utility vehicle seems somehow at odds with the marque’s position in the hierarchy of luxury. The car’s ancestry is more akin to the London-Edinburgh or Alpine Eagle 40-50 HP cars that performed such great feats of endurance before World War I.
The name of this car is, however, suitably lofty. It is named after the Cullinan Diamond, the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever discovered.
The Cullinan was introduced in May 2018 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. It has various driving modes, including an off-road mode that gives the car its full potential. It also has a dynamic suspension system that changes its height by 40mm in off-road mode. The car started its testing in 2016 and has since been seen testing on snow.
The Cullinan is also fitted with a stereo camera integrated into the front windscreen that scans the road ahead and adjusts the suspension proactively to improve ride quality. Like the Phantom VIII, the Cullinan employs a four-wheel steering system to improve both manoeuvrability at low speeds and stability at higher speeds.
The Cullinan is powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V12 engine, driving through a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and a permanent all-wheel drive system.