Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV Was Made For Dune Bashing In The Arabian Desert

Rolls-Royce has put countless man-hours into the development of the Cullinan, which won’t only be a comfortable daily cruiser, but apparently, a potent off-roader, too.

In the latest round of testing, the team based in Goodwood took the SUV out for some desert driving, in Dubai. Under the close watch of hot climate test specialist Mashal Shaien, and documented by National Geographic, the Cullinan was punished on the sand dunes.

Before the grand unveiling scheduled for later this year, Rolls-Royce will drop more videos of their first-ever SUV. As it was already announced, the Cullinan will face the extreme cold in Northern Europe, and will also cross the Atlantic to the United States, for yet more testing and fine-tuning.

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When it arrives in showrooms, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan will have to challenge the likes of the Bentley Bentayga. But it should have no problems doing so, with a design that’s inspired by the Phantom, and what is expected to be one of the most luxurious cabins on the market.

The automaker has stuffed the twin-turbo 6.75-liter V12 engine under the hood. Shared with the latest Phantom, it puts down 571PS (563hp / 400kW) and 900Nm (663lb-ft) of torque, and works together with an eight-speed automatic gearbox in the flagship sedan.

 

  • TrevP

    Nice.

  • Skydis

    I wonder how many owners will actually go off road with it

    • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

      Depending on how many Arab Gulf Sheikhs will get it

  • Adilos Nave

    Since 90% of them will end up in the Middle East, it makes sense to promote it as capable of going over sand dunes with relative ease.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      They know their audience.

  • A lot of hype for Cullinan!

  • Smith

    Without a doubt, the stupidest thing I have ever seen. This is such an insult to the brand and to the DNA of the Rolls Royce name. Just so they can be a “me too” brand instead of a special and unique brand. This is a disgusting idea, a Rolls Royce in the sand dunes, how stupid. Death of the brand.

    • Joff

      They were in the sand dunes in the 40s. I think it sounds rather nice myself

      • Smith

        What have sand dunes in the 40’s got to do with anything, it is 80 years later. They did not sell SUV’s in the 40’s and they did not pamper to the perceived needs of the middle east and forget their roots in the 40’s. It was a regular Rolls being driven on the sand and it never went in to production. I state my opinion again, this is a disgusting idea, only the tasteless BMW could lower the brand to this level. JUST SAY NO!

  • SteersUright

    Well who else will be able to afford this thing…

  • JC Bond

    You knew this was coming. It wasn’t enough for Rolls-Royce to dump conservative tradition and start building grotesquely ill-proportioned and tacky cars, like the Phantom, marketed to oil barons & gangster rappers, reaching for the next highest plateau of bright bling status….
    … so get ready ganstas! Introducing Rolls-Royce’s latest horror… the last word (we can only despairingly hope) in “luxury” SUV: the 2019 CULLINAN — estimated to be more than 6 feet tall and 17 feet long (frightening size is clearly a selling feature!). Just look at the photos and you can hardly wait to take this unspeakably ungainly, twin-turbo travesty, malformed monstrosity, lump of luxury… “off-roading”.
    The name for the new “high-sided vehicle” is taken from the Cullinan diamond; mined in 1905 in South Africa, its 3,106 carat weight makes it the largest flawless diamond ever found. Like its freak of nature flawless diamond namesake, this flawed freak of man “vehicle” is equally misshapen and should be split up into smaller chunks, then cut up –not into jewels, but for scrap.

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