This Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan gets more power

Marco Green
November 8, 2019

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 Black Badge joins existing variants of the Wraith, Ghost and Dawn.

The Rolls-Royce Black Badge family is now complete. "Indeed, before we launched Black Badge in 2016 the idea of creating a product that would satisfy this subversive cohort - that is highly dynamic and wilfully rebellious in aesthetic - caused a great deal of internal debate", said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. 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.

In a bid to further capitalize on the popularity of the Cullinan, Rolls Royce has come up with a Black Badge edition that brings in a slew of updates to further enhance the appeal of this model. Meanwhile, all previously chromed surfaces like the boot handle, boot trim, side frame finishers, front grille surround, lower air inlets, and exhaust pipes are blacked-out as well. There is no Sport mode, per se, but pushing the throttle past the 50% mark will change how the engine and transmission work together, making for a more exciting drive. Black Badge Rollers offer even more bespoke customization than usual, offering carbon fiber, diamonds, and other exotic materials.

Matching black accents make their way to the cabin, as well. ZF's 8-speed gearbox and both front and rear steered axles work together to provide a sense of engagement with the auto and enhance it dynamically too. The Black Badge Cullinan also wears sharp new 22-inch wheels finished in a darkened silver-and-black two-tone finish. Given the sheer amount of customizability, the sky's the limit when it comes to the car's individuality - and its price, which Rolls-Royce did not mention in its release. With a gloss black and polished design, the dark-inspired wheels present the ideal canvass for those contrasting red brake calipers with a high-gloss finish. Numerous vehicle's other elements, including the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, are presented in black or darkened chrome. The Starlight headliner, which can be dimmed, features more than 1,000 tiny fiber-optic lights to create a constellation overhead of the customer's choosing-a first on the Black Badge Cullinan. At least Rolls doesn't claim that it's to save weight - the Technical Carbon is a new creation with a naked-weave finish. That gets six coats of lacquer and is then hand-polished to a mirror finish.

Of course, the interior color palette is configurable according to taste.

The standard Rolls Royce Cullinan can sprint from 0 to 96 kmph in just 4.9 seconds.

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