Last Updated on June 19, 2023 by Victor A
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the ultimate luxury SUV, it is a status symbol that very few people can afford. It comes with many exclusive features, but one of its most noted ones is the fact that this is the only SUV with a suicide door.
The model name, Cullinan, is named after a diamond. but not just any ordinary diamond, we are talking about the largest diamond ever found.
The Cullinan Diamond was discovered in South Africa in 1905 and was named after the owner of the mine where it was found, Sir Thomas Cullinan.
It is not a coincidence that the largest diamond and the largest Rolls-Royce are named the same.
The design, specs, and features of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan
The British automaker, Rolls-Royce Motor Car introduced the Cullinan back in 2018. The full-size SUV would instantly become the reference for luxury SUVs, taking the crown from the Bentley Bentayga W12.
The Cullinan is powered by a twin-turbo 6.75-liter V12 engine that produces 563 hp (420 kW) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque. It comes with a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) and it can accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in just 5.0 seconds.
When it comes to design, the SUV is based on Rolls-Royce’s post-opulent design philosophy, which translates into a refined and understated design.
With a sleek exterior that manages to stay elegant, the Cullinan is a car with presence. It features a long hood that reminds us of the other models, and the shape of the car doesn’t differ much from the Ghost, Phantom, and Wraith.
The clearest difference with any other model is the size of the vehicle. This is not a small car, as it’s considered a full-size SUV.
The interior is as luxurious as the exterior. The seats are made of the finest leather, while the hand-polished wood trim is a piece of art.
The level of attention to detail and the amount of hand-crafted materials found in the Cullinan show that this is an SUV that is unrivaled in its class.
Technology has not been left behind, as the Cullinan comes with an array of features that make it even more desirable, like:
- Panoramic sunroof
- Rear-seat entertainment system
- Massage seats
- Heated and cooled seats
- Rear-seat climate control
- Night-vision camera
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane-keeping assist
- Blind-spot monitoring
- 360-degree camera view
The SUV with a suicide door, a unique feature
The Cullinan’s suicide door is not just a flashy gimmick, it’s also a safety feature.
In the event of an accident, the door will automatically open allowing you to easily exit the vehicle.
Also, when you want to get out of the car you can slightly open the door to see if incoming cars are on their way.
It is also more convenient to get in and out, especially for people with mobility issues, or people with considerable height.
The way the door opens makes it easier to load and unload strollers, child seats, and other gear.
The looks of the doors count as well, as they help the car look sleeker, it honestly is a cool feature that looks great when the doors are open and are part of the brand’s identity.
How much is the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and is it worth it?
Having the most luxurious SUV comes with a price tag, and in this case, is quite high.
The Cullinan will cost you over $325,000 (340,000 €), and the moment you start adding options the price will skyrocket.
Now, is it worth it? In our opinion it certainly is since you are getting something unique, you are buying a status symbol, and you are buying from a brand that has been delivering incredible vehicles for over a century.
Yes, you could get faster luxurious SUVs like the Bentayga, Maybach GLS, or the all-new Land Rover Range Rover. But this is about providing an experience that no other car can achieve. And this is what the Cullinan does very well, it makes you feel special.
But, sometimes exclusivity is not enough, some people want more, they need something that very few can have and that’s why Rolls-Royce released the Cullinan Black Badge.
Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge, when luxury is not enough.
The British automaker thought that maybe some clients would prefer something more exclusive so they decided to deliver something spicier.
Enter the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge, a car that takes everything from the Cullinan and takes it to the next level.
The Black Badge lends the same 6.75-liter V12 but tunes up to unleash 592 hp and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque.
The SUV comes with a blacked-out exterior trim, that even includes a blacked-out Spirit of Ecstasy. The car is available in a few colors, and it comes equipped with red calipers.
For the interior, it follows the same philosophy as the normal Cullinan, with high-tech features, high-quality leather upholstery, and of course it’s also an SUV with a suicide door.
The Cullinan Black Badge is also more costly, expect to pay over $400,000 (400,000 €).