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New Rolls Royce Cullinan: 10 fascinating facts about a 4x4 for the super-rich

By Paul Connolly

Rolls Royce has unveiled its Cullinan SUV – a £230,000 luxury 4x4 for the super-rich.

Boasting a five-year long design and production process, a 6.75-litre engine and “incredible refinement”, the Cullinan is proof that SUV fever has infected every sector of the car industry.

There’s an amazing array of choices, technology and options that all add up to a supremely luxurious SUV offering 850Nm of torque from its V12 twin turbo engine.

Rolls Royce makes the usual breathless claims about the Cullinan, but given the level of cost and sophistication, in this case they are probably reasonably correct.

“Our customers expect to go everywhere in luxury, effortlessly and without compromise, conquering the most challenging terrain to enjoy life’s most enriching experiences, wherever they may be,” says company boss Torsetn Muller Otvos.

“For this reason, they have asked us to create a Rolls-Royce that offers uncompromised luxury wherever they dare to venture. Cullinan is that car. It is Effortless, Everywhere.

“It is incomparable and dramatically evolves the parameters of super-luxury travel, translating Rolls-Royce’s ethos of ‘Effortlessness’ into physical capability, anywhere in the world. Cullinan will simply take the world in its stride.”

First deliveries are expected at the end of this year, or early in 2019.

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So what’s it like? Here are 10 fascinating facts about this rich man’s off-roader.

1. The car can be specced with an Individual Seat configuration, with  the two individual rear seats separated by a centre console incorporating a drinks cabinet with whisky glasses and decanter, champagne flutes and refrigerator

2. It is, however, a proper go-anywhere 4x4 that has been “tested to destruction” all over the planet. The chassis is a double-wishbone front axle and five-link rear axle with air suspension set-up that delivers a “Magic Carpet” ride even over rough terrain

3. Don’t expect it to win any awards for fuel efficiency: the Cullinan does 18.8mpg on average

4. The Cullinan is named after the largest diamond ever discovered, which now resides in the British Crown Jewels

5. It’s the first time a Rolls-Royce has an opening tailgate (called ‘The Clasp’), which opens and closes in its two sections automatically at the touch of the key fob button

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6. It claims to be the first “three-box” car in the SUV-sector. The Cullinan’s rear partition wall creates a distinct environment for passengers, separated from the luggage compartment (which keeps noise down)

7. It’s only the second new Rolls-Royce to sit on the all-new aluminium ‘Architecture of Luxury’. And, claims the manufacturer, the Cullinan is the most technologically advanced, and only purpose-built, luxury SUV in the world

8.  For the first time ever in a Rolls Royce, the rear seats fold down

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9.  When you click the unlock button, the Cullinan lowers itself by 40mm to make getting in easier

10. Although no price has officially been given, the Cullinan is expected to cost from around £230,000. This is likely to make it the second most expensive car in the range, after the Phantom, which will remain the Rolls Royce flagship model.

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