Not long to go before the Bentayga has some proper competition.
We’re expecting Rolls-Royce to join the realms of the SUV maker at the Geneva Motor Show next March. Codenamed Project Cullinan, the uber-lux SUV, sorry “High-Side Vehicle” as the luxury carmaker prefers to call it, has yet to be named plus all we’ve had to go on in terms of visuals is the occasional batch of spy shots. Rendering artists normally do a good job at filling in the gaps, and thanks to Jan Peisert we now have our best look yet at Rolls-Royce’s Bentley Bentayga fighter.
Riding on the British automaker’s new ‘Architecture of Luxury’ aluminum-intensive platform, utilized by the recently revealed Phantom Mk VIII, the Cullinan won’t replace the sedan as Rolls-Royce’s flagship model but will doubtless become its best-seller. Especially if it looks something like this.
Powering the HSV will be the same 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 that develops 563 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque in the Phantom. The SUV’s power output will likely be upped a few notches to keep in on par with the Bentayga, while a hybrid variant using the powertrain from the BMW 7 Series will also arrive at some point down the line. Mated to an eight-speed automatic, expect the Cullinan to sprint from 0-60 mph in around five seconds and top out at 155 mph. Prices for the ultra-exclusive SUV will be around the $250,000 mark, with most buyers expected to spend in excess of $300,000 once the likes of a Starlight Headliner are ticked off the options list.