Ultra-luxury SUVs are a relatively new concept, though the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is not in a class all of its own; it exists alongside other exotic models like the Bentley Bentayga and the Mercedes-Maybach GLS, vying for an entirely different audience to the Lamborghini Urus. However, the 2022 Cullinan is easily the most expensive of the lot, and it embodies the very best of what an SUV could be. It combines the peerless opulence of the Rolls-Royce brand with the higher levels of practicality that come with the high-riding body style. Of course, power is never lacking thanks to an exceptional twin-turbo V12 that develops up to 563 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque in standard form and 593 hp/664 lb-ft in Black Badge guise, while comfort and style are beyond dispute. This all comes at a cost, which is equally unmatched in the segment, at $341,500. And despite a less-than-engaging drive and all the subtlety of a warship, that price tag is worth every penny.
You don't mess with perfection and the 2022 Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the very embodiment thereof. Therefore, the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV is exactly the same as the outgoing model.
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While nobody would ever describe the Cullinan as a sporty SUV, there is an effortless grace to it. This is largely due to the beast of an engine that moves 6,000 pounds as if it were nothing. The 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 makes 563 hp and 627 lb-ft, which is enough to haul the behemoth from 0 to 60 mph in just five seconds Spec the Black Badge Cullinan and you get more, shaving a tenth of a second of the 0-60 mph time courtesy of 592 hp and 664 lb-ft. Naturally, merging into highway traffic is a breeze while overtaking is a quick and silent affair. Even with twelve cylinders, the engine barely intrudes into the serene cabin. Wind and road noise are dampened to the point of non-existence, too. When you combine this with a suspension that eats up just about anything but a sinkhole, the Cullinan ticks every box there is for ride comfort. While there is definitely no Sport Mode - Rolls-Royce would never be so pedestrian - there is a Low Mode. This has a similar effect, quickening shifts and letting the engine purr a little louder.
More than anything, the Cullinan is all about comfort, and this extends to the driver, too. It's easy to pilot thanks to its super-light steering that makes the car feel a lot smaller and lighter than it actually is. You won't enjoy driving the Cullinan as much as you would an Aston Martin DBX or Lambo Urus, but you'll arrive completely relaxed and ready to face even the most high-class event without so much as a crease on your tux or gown.
You won't find a more opulent or expensive SUV in the USA than this, and it's worth the exorbitant price tag asked of it. Competitors to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan may come close, and some offer a more exciting driving experience, but none match the Rolls when it comes to pure style, status, and luxurious comfort. Both rows of seating are extremely spacious, and the middle back seat can be swapped out for a center console to create a lounge-like space. Naturally, it comes equipped with the most advanced features, including an enormous head-up display.
As amazing as the interior is, the exterior is just as head-turning, and there is no better way to arrive at an upscale event unless you happen to own a Phantom. But, for the discerning family, there is no substitute. No matter how many alternatives you review, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the one you'll keep coming back to - here's hoping you've got the bucks to spend.
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