Arguably, a Rolls-Royce is not the first vehicle that comes to a young entrepreneur’s mind; most of them would want something Italian or maybe from Stuttgart. Rolls-Royce tried to change that with the Black Badge variants which indeed look a lot more appealing to the successful people under 40.
The latest Roller to join that lineup is the Cullinan. The British luxury brand’s first-ever SUV received polarizing opinions for the way it looked. However, the Black Badge might be able to fix it. While the clients can choose from the existing paint options or create their own, the signature finish of the Black Badge is always Black. Multiple layers of paint and lacquer are applied and hand-polished 10 times to create a depth and intensity that is unique to the variant. The Spirit of Ecstasy is in Black and so are the other exterior bits including the grille.
The new 22-inch forged alloy wheels are exclusive for the Black Badge Cullinan. The calipers are painted in high gloss Red; the marque’s first-ever colored calipers.
The interiors are special and dark too, with Forge Yellow accents for contrast. The materials used include Technical Carbon, which is finished with 6 coats of lacquer before being left to cure for 72 hours and then hand-polished to a mirror finish, a process that takes 21 days. The Starlight Headliner, handwoven with 1,344 fibre optic lights, is presented in a fine black leather too.
As with other Black Badge models, the Cullinan Black Badge is not just an aesthetic treatment. Here, the 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 puts out 600 hp and 900 Nm of torque, which is 29 hp and 50 Nm more than the regular Cullinan. There’s also a new exhaust system which apparently produces a deep authoritative “basso profundo” note.
Also check out: Benjamin Sloss’ Dawn Black Badge finished in a bespoke deep yellow.