The 2023 Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the most expensive and most luxurious SUV for sale today.
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- Lambs Wool Floor Mats
- Refrigerated Drink Compartment
- Starry Night Headliner
- Model: Cullinan
- Engine/Motor: 6.7-Liter, Twin-Turbocharged V12
- Horsepower: 563-592 Horsepower
- Torque: 627-664 pound-feet
- Drivetrain: Front-engine, AWD
- Transmission: 8-speed automatic
- Near-Limitless Customizability
- Powerful Twin-Turbo V12
- Undeniable Luxury
- The Most Expensive SUV In Existence
- Paltry Fuel Economy
- Designed To Be Chauffeur Driven
Where Does The Name Cullinan Come From?
Rolls-Royce named the Cullinan after the Cullinan Diamond, which is the single largest uncut diamond in the world. Found in 1905, the giant jewel weighed in excess of 3,000 karats, and had an equivalent of $21 million in today’s money. So, with a name like that, Rolls set the bar pretty high for its massive SUV, but the Cullinan manages to live up to its lofty etymology.
2023 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Powertrain
For more than a quarter of a million dollars, you might think that the Cullinan could come with any engine you might be able to imagine, but that is not the case. Nope, Rolls-Royce offers up one drivetrain, but in this case, one is more than enough. A massive 6.7-liter DOHC twin-turbo V12 generates a silly 563-horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. Opt for the even more powerful Black Badge trim, and those numbers shoot to 592 and 664 respectively. From there, those gobs of power are then funneled through an eight-speed automatic transmission and then on to all-four wheels to help maintain as much traction on, and off-road as possible.
Rolls-Royce Cullinan Performance
In terms of performance, the Cullinan isn’t going to be at the tops of its class. Compared to the Urus, it gives up 800 pounds and nearly 100-horsepower and as expected, isn’t nearly as fast. But then, almost every SUV isn’t as fast as the mighty Urus. That said, 0-60 MPH still comes up in just 4.5 seconds and the Cullinan has an electronically-limited top speed of 151 MPH if you dare run the 6000+ pound SUV that fast. Its assumed that if you have enough money to afford the Cullinan, you probably won’t care too much about its paltry 12/20 city/highway MPG.
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2023 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Interior, Quality, And Technology
The real experience of the Cullinan does not come from the massive engine under the hood. In fact, it is almost impossible to find details about it on Rolls-Royce’s own homepage for the Cullinan. Instead, they (rightly) have chosen to focus on the impossibly lavish and opulent features their SUV provides to someone who wants the very best. Start by opening (or have your chauffeur open for you) the rear-hinged doors, which actually hide a built-in Rolls-Royce umbrella and umbrella storage holder, complete with drainage and all. Once you actually get inside, you can push the button on the ceiling, which will automatically close the door for you, allowing you to not have to expend any more energy entering the vehicle. Inside, $1,550 of lambs wool carpeting waits to greet you as well as real wood, plush leather, and aluminum trim pieces. Both front and rear seats offer heat and cooling as well as massaging options. The headrests to those seats are not just cushioned, but have actual pillows to rest your weary skull.
While resting your head, glance up at the ceiling, and you will see the optional ($7,500) Starry Night headliner, which is a dimmable, fiber-optic distraction that makes the back of your Cullinan look like the night sky, replete with actual simulated shooting stars. Inside the seat backs of the front seats, are two picnic tables that automatically deploy with the push of a button. Push another button and a digital screen will extend out, allowing you access to the car’s onboard computer as well as operate the aforementioned heated seats, or even choose to heat your armrests.
The 2023 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Has A Base Price Of $351,750
The customizability of the Cullinan is almost limitless, and rivals that of the unreachably expensive Bugatti Chiron. How unique you want your Cullinan just depends on how much past the base $351,750 MSRP you want to go. Opt for the Black Badge edition and throw in a few fun features, and you will be well past the half-million dollar mark quicker than you can say “insider trading”. But then, if you are actually in the market for a Cullinan, those numbers are about as daunting and frightening as a newborn kitten.
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The Cullinan is quite simply the most luxurious and most expensive SUV to ever drive off a production line. Sure, you could spend ten percent of what a fully loaded Cullinan would cost and be extremely happy with a brand-new Acura RL, which hilariously enough, is also categorized as a luxury SUV. So maybe you are one of those 3,000+ billionaires running around the planet, or maybe you are not.