Rolls-Royce Cullinan In Overcast Weather

The ultra-luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce has released their first SUV — The Cullinan, and it doesn’t skimp on performance. Some manufacturers have been adding SUVs to their lineup (after decades of making none), including Jaguar (the F-Pace).

The Cullinan’s designers faced the challenge of making SUVs (SUVs are inherently clumsy) quick and nimble. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds and 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, which is more than quick, especially for an SUV with a 563 BHP engine. The 626 ft-lbs (850 Newton-metres) of torque that it generates at 1,600 RPM clearly helped make that happen.

Images obtained with thanks from Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce’s 2018 Phantom does that in about 5 seconds. What makes the Cullinan interesting is that the combination of off-road capabilities, ultra-luxury (i’m not saying the Cullinan is ultra-luxury, but it’s possible coming from that brand) and high performance is not something you see in SUVs every day. Not too long ago, if you wanted the most luxurious car in the world, it would be a (still large) Phantom sedan or something along those lines for six figures.

The Cullinan is $325,000, which is under the 2018 Phantom’s $420,000+ price tag. This doesn’t mean the Cullinan is a better buy. It means that the Phantom is probably nicer. A rule of thumb is that SUVs tend to cost far more than sedans with similar ride quality and performance specs, but if you need the extra space for frequent family outings or don’t want to rent an SUV, the Cullinan awaits you!

Other Details

CO2 Emissions 341 grams/km
Fuel Economy (Combined) Up to 18.8 MPG Or 15 L/100 km
Top Speed 155 mph (governed)
Cylinder Count 12
Valve Count 48
Vehicle Length 5,341 mm (210 inches)
Vehicle Width 2,000 mm (79 inches)
Curb Weight 2,753 kg (6,069 pounds)