The ultimate off-roader?
Black Badge is Rolls-Royce’s super-luxe series, with enhanced performance and moody styling. The Wraith and the Ghost were the first cars to be introduced in the Black Badge format in 2016, joined a year later by the Dawn. Now the Cullinan SUV has followed suit.
The Cullinan was released in its standard spec last year, and is the first off-roader from Rolls-Royce. It had already helped the brand to find a new market, but now the aim is to tackle the sub-section of these owners that pride themselves on styling – with the Black Badge version, you get the series’ signature black paint, the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot and other details in a high-gloss black chrome, black 22in forged alloy wheels, and brake callipers painted in glossy red.
Inside, the veneer features a reflective, woven carbon-fibre finish, with seats upholstered in black leather. There’s a leather ceiling headliner too, embedded with 1,344 fibreoptic lights to mimic the night sky, and even eight shooting stars darting about at random. A bold new leather colour, Forge Yellow, has also been introduced.
Under the bonnet sits a 6.75-litre V12 engine, tuned to provide nearly 600bhp and 664lbf.ft of torque. The drivetrain and chassis have been reworked to handle the increase in power, with an entirely new exhaust system added.
No word on pricing yet. Probably more than a standard Cullinan, though.