Rolls-Royce’s Newly-Debuted Cullinan Is the Darkest Black Badge Vehicle Yet

The Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan gets the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot draped in high gloss black chrome

The Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan gets the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot draped in high gloss black chrome

Under the hood is Rolls-Royce's 6.75-liter V12, but power and torque are up 29 horsepower and 37 pound-feet to a net 600 hp and 664 lb-ft. The Cullinan serves as the pinnacle of luxury in the world of SUVs and the black badge just adds to that luxury and exclusivity quotient. You can pick a default pattern, or you can give Rolls-Royce a date and location and they will create a custom headliner that shows the night sky on that particular occasion. The Black Badge Cullinan boasts an exterior with multiple layers of paint and lacquer, applied and hand-polished 10 times at Rolls-Royce's home in Goodwood, West Sussex. Buyers have almost too much choice when it comes to interior colors, and to make the decision slightly more hard, Rolls-Royce introduced a new leather color - forge yellow - as part of the Black Badge Cullinan's unveiling. As with the Wraith, Ghost and Dawn special editions that came before, it gets the full murdered-out look, although Rolls says that the Cullinan brings "the darkest and most urban statement of Black Badge yet".

The Rolls-Royce badging is inverted, silver on black, and the front grille surround, side frame finishes, trunk handle and trim, lower air inlet finisher, and the tailpipes are all darkened. The engine now produces 28 bhp and 50 Nm more than before.

The order books for the 2020 Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan are open now, with the even-more-exclusive SUV priced from $382,000. The Black Badge Cullinan also inherits the four-wheel steering system of the original model, but minor changes to suspension components and electronic settings ensure a refined yet highly dynamic driving experience.

Power is routed to all four wheels via a smooth ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox.

But as a younger demographic of well-heeled clients made their way into Rolls-Royce showrooms, the Black Badge models quickly gained traction. Hiding behind those wheels though are red calipers - on a Rolls-Royce! With a gloss black and polished design, the dark-inspired wheels present the flawless canvass for those contrasting red brake calipers with a high-gloss finish. The Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, meanwhile, is presented in high-gloss black chrome, a finish that extends to its mounting plate. But according to Rolls-Royce, many buyers will opt for signature black paint. But the best feature is the naked-weave carbon-fiber finish on the dashboard, center console, and door sidings. There's a new carbon-fiber with repeating geometrical shapes for a 3D-effect, which the automaker is referring to as Technical Fiber. In order to obtain a racier look, every panel is treated with six coats of lacquer before being hand-polished to a ideal finish after 72 hours of storage.

Do you like what you're seeing so far? 0-60 miles per hour takes 4.9 seconds, while the top speed is an electronically-limited 155 miles per hour.

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