The first Rolls-Royce SUV has tricks that might actually justify its price tag
The Cullinan can cost $426,700, but wait until you see the tailgating seats.
Posh folks who drive a Rolls-Royce have always boasted about what the company describes as a “magic carpet ride.” But with the 2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan—the traditional luxury icon’s first foray into the SUV segment—translating customer expectations of that smooth ride into what is ostensibly an off-road bruiser would seem to be a challenge.
As the first Rolls-Royce with all-wheel drive, the Cullinan represents an impressive first effort. The Off-Road button on the console activates the air-spring suspension and the computer-controlled all-wheel drive system to maximize traction. That includes actually extending the suspension when the computer thinks a wheel might be in danger of losing contact with the ground.
Pop the bonnet and it is easy to see why the Cullinan is so quick; here’s the abode of the 571-horsepower, 627 lb.-ft. (that’s a lot!) 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V12 power plant. It may not be a Spitfire’s Merlin V12, but its design definitely descends from the know-how that built Merlins in wartime.