Rolls-Royce appears to be readying a ‘Black Badge’ version of the Cullinan SUV, something that came to light after Auto Guide discovered a filing made by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that listed a model by that name.
No mention is made as to when the vehicle may premiere nor what components will differentiate it from the regular version, but other Black Badge models like the Dawn, Ghost and Wraith give us a good idea of what to expect.
Black Badge models sport the Spirit of Ecstasy finished in gloss black as well as chrome exterior elements, including the front grille surround, trunk lid finished, lower air inlets, and tailpipes finished in black. Rolls-Royce also developed bespoke carbon alloy wheels that incorporate no less than 44 layers of carbon fiber. The Black Badge models also include aluminum-threaded carbon fiber finishes throughout the interior.
The new variant of the Cullinan will likely feature largely the same new components to give it a more aggressive and stealthy appearance than lesser models. Rolls-Royce went to the trouble of boosting power of the Ghost Black Badge by 40 HP and 51 lb-ft (60 Nm) of torque over the standard model, but similar power gains were not enjoyed by the Wraith Black Badge, so it’s anyone’s guess what will happen with their SUV.
Powered by a 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V12, the Cullinan delivers 563 HP and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque, making for a pretty nifty ride. A power bump would be welcome, though, especially since the Black Badge will come at a premium.