By Veeno Dewan
If you’re familiar with the Rolls-Royce brand and the way they do things, you might already know what Black Badge stands for. Apart from having black accents, the Black Badge models also come with a bit more power and better dynamics. It’s anything like previous Black Badge models, the new Rolls Royce Cullinan version will get more power and some styling tweaks. Previous Black Badge versions of the Rolls Royce Ghost and Wraith received an assortment of black cosmetic tweaks inside and out, along with additional power for the V12 powerhouse that was hooked up to a sportier configuration of the transmission. For the uninitiated the “Black” treatment means such items as: custom black paint, and darkened trim elements. Note, Rolls Royce “black” paint is truly bespoke. Each layer of deep black paint and lacquer is repeatedly hand polished, Rolls-Royce claims it is the “deepest, darkest, and most intense black ever seen on a production vehicle.”
Rolls-Royce is known for catering to its customer’s every need, so it can be assumed that any version of the Cullinan Black Badge can be customized with any exterior color desired. Outside of the deep black finish, the front grille is surrounded by darkened chrome trim, and the “flying lady” emblem on the hood has also taken a darker presence. Any other exterior chrome is also darkened as well. As with the exterior, the interior can be crafted in whatever color combination your heart desires. The interior surfaces that aren’t wrapped in fine leather are constructed of aerospace-grade aluminum-threaded carbon fiber.
With the base Cullinan kicking off at an already eye-watering $325,000, expect the Black Badge to command a significant premium. Throw in a couple of options and you’re probably looking at a $500,000 plus SUV for Canada.
According to sources, Rolls-Royce is working on such a version of the Cullinan right now. That’s right, the high-riding vehicle is about to get faster. At the moment, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan uses a 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 developed by BMW, capable of delivering 563 HP and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque to all four corners of the car. That’s enough to send the massive SUV to 60 mph in about 5 seconds, an impressive feat. It will be interesting to see just how different this upgraded model will be compared to the ‘regular’ Cullinan. The Ghost, Wraith and Dawn Black Badge all use the 6.6-liter V12. The Cullinan and the Phantom both use the 6.75-liter unit so it’s going to be interesting to see how far Rolls-Royce goes. The most powerful vehicle coming from Rolls Royce for now is the e Wraith Black Badge, with 624 HP and 642 lb-ft (870 Nm) of torque. If those numbers will be beat with the introduction of the new high-performance Rolls we’ll be witnessing history in the making.
With the base Cullinan kicking off at an already eye-watering $325,000, expect the Black Badge to command a significant premium. Order the must have options and you’re probably looking at a $500,000 plus SUV for Canada. A more powerful Cullinan with a hybrid powertrain is also on the cards, but it’s not known at this point whether the electrified version has anything to do with the Black Badge. Whatever the case may be, the lavish SUV will get more power sooner or later. Bring chequebooks as the lineup starts here!