2022 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Review. Three things. learned driving a $429,400 SUV.

20 22 rolls-royce cullinan review three things learn driving a 429 400 suv the romance of roles translates into something tangible rolls-royce is the epitome of the vehicle as a luxury good it has features that are expensive and luxurious rather than functional and they create an image that separates a rolls royce from almost everything else save perhaps bentley

I recently spent a few days in the 2022 rolls royce cullinan the brand’s first and only suv it’s a legit people hauler good luck getting your retriever and her food in the ferrari poro segway but the cullinan borders on a hashtag van life operation here’s three things i learned after driving in the opulent 429 400. fear not it’s easy to drive the intimidation

Factor is not what i expected the cullinan is about as long as a chevy tahoe and four inches wider it does not drive that way the steering is light but direct and communicative factor in four-wheel steering and it’s like driving a much smaller car the driver’s seating position is excellent and provided a clear view of my surroundings with the spirit of ecstasy hood

Ornament leading the way it felt majestic that’s what roles is going for but the setting also gave me confidence with both corners clearly visible it doesn’t matter how much a car costs if you feel like you know what you’re doing rolls famous magic carpet ride makes for perhaps the smoothest experience i’ve had in any car or suv the suspension is always adjusting

And almost no bumps or potholes could bother me or my passengers it really is next level comfort given that the chassis is working with 22-inch wheels it’s all the more impressive the v12 engine puts out 563 horsepower and 627 pounds to foot of torque get on the throttle and it will move but with decorum yes there’s an aura i’ve driven plenty of luxury cars that

Don’t live up to the hype the cullinan is not one of them my roles had the shooting star headliner a 7975 option that turns your vehicle into a rolling planetarium it’s one of those features that sounds contrived until you experience it the celestial sky is mesmerizing and when your passengers see the shooting star feature get ready for the ooze and daws rolls

First launched the headliner in 2006 as a custom option but now it’s on most of its vehicles the stars are illuminated by fiber optic cables and six powerful light cannons according to rolls-royce and there’s up to 600 hand-cut holes in the headliner you can personalize the constellations like everything with rolls there’s a backstory and the standard configuration

Depicts the skies over goodwood on january 1st 2000 2003 marking the date the first rolls royce was built thereafter years in crew while the headliner is captivating the spirit of ecstasy is the cullinan’s grandest feature the nearly four-inch hood ornament rises and descends from the front of the car when it’s locked or unlocked it’s even more attention-getting

Than pictures indicate few cars have hood ornaments these days so anything stands out but the hand-finished sculpture of a woman with robes trailing behind her those are not wings is a head-turner this one is stainless steel but carbon fiber gold-plated steel and silver are also available given that the spirit of ecstasy dates back 111 years it makes even an suv

Instantly recognizable as a roles a rolls-royce can be a credible suv rolls-royce was one of the last luxury or sports car makers to create an suv given that some of its clients ride rather than drive it was a long time coming i’d argue roles has more business making an suv than porsche but the key word is business porsche needed to make an suv to keep making

911s rolls could afford to take its time still the company says its customers are changing and seek the active lifestyle an suv can support by the time the cullinan arrived back in 2018 there was pent-up demand with record sales last year fueled in part by the cullinan the suv is justifying its existence and solidifying that of its maker rolls-royce likes to call

Back to its origins as the ride of t e lawrence during the first world war to reinforce the brand’s surprisingly rugged streak he famously called it above rubies during his desert campaigns there’s about as much dna in the cullinan as the escalate summons from john pershing’s cadillacs in that same war but it’s a good story and after a few days motoring around in

The cullinan it’s clear to me that this suv is set up to be a legend in its own right the mythology isn’t necessary you

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