Rolls-Royce Cullinan – The first SUV ever produced by Rolls Royce

The first SUV ever produced by Rolls Royce – and we’ve been for a drive in it!

Last month Euro Motors arranged the first press drive of the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan in Bahrain and we were delighted to attend.

After meeting up at The Four Seasons, we had a brief introduction before getting behind the wheel and going for a drive around the island on a particularly grey and windy day.

Impressions – It’s amazingly quiet inside thanks to the extensive soundproofing, which gives the driver and passengers a sense of separation from the hustle and bustle, and noise outside. Sitting very high, you look down the bonnet at the famous Spirit of Ecstasy ‘Flying Lady’ mascot, while you are cocooned in a luxurious sanctuary of exquisite hand-made craftsmanship of leather, wood, glass, and calm. Even the hi-tech parts are hand-crafted, with all the switches made from metal or glass, or wrapped in leather; including a ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ controller dial on the central console.

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Under the bonnet there’s a 563bhp 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 engine that you cannot really hear unless you put your foot down to accelerate.

Under the bonnet there’s a 563bhp 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 engine that you cannot really hear unless you put your foot down to accelerate, when you will experience a reassuring but restrained roar as it ‘glides’ from zero to 100 kph in just 5.2 seconds.

Flick a switch, referred to as the ‘Everywhere’ off-road terrain button, and the vehicle tightens and is ready to go off-roading. Whether it be a mountain or just some grass, once you flick this single switch the car will take care of everything for you. We didn’t get a chance to test Cullinan’s off-road capabilities, but understand from international reviews that it is more than capable of handling itself extremely well away from tarmac.

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As for the name; Cullinan takes its title from the 3,106-carat diamond that is the largest and most flawless gem ever found.

… and the starting price? Approximately starting BD 170,000.

To arrange your own test drive in Bahrain, contact Euro Motors on +973 17 750 750

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