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Rolls Royce reveals Black Badge version of new Cullinan SUV

Special edition, blacked-out version of huge Rolls SUV gets unique styling tweaks and extra power

Rolls Royce has released a special edition version of its first ever SUV, called the Cullinan Black Badge. 

Like other Black Badge Rolls-Royces It features a redesigned, blacked-out exterior styling package, a retrimmed interior (finished almost exclusively in black leather) but also some mechanical revisions, most notably more power. It’s available to order now by commission only.

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Styling changes include a fresh set of black 22-inch forged alloy wheels, a blacked-out radiator grille and a new Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, finished in black chrome. The Cullinan Black Badge also comes with new red brake calipers, marking the first time painted brakes have appeared on any factory-delivered Rolls Royce.

While buyers can have their choice of 44,000 off-the-shelf paint finishes, Rolls Royce anticipates that most Cullinan Black Badge owners will spec their vehicles in its newly developed signature Black paint, which the firm claims is applied, cured and then polished ten times by hand to achieve the desired finish.

Inside, buyers have a similar breadth of customisation options. As standard, all Black Badge models get new naked-weave carbon-fibre interior trim, an embroidered rear centre armrest and red-tipped dials. The pictured example also features Rolls Royce’s newly developed Forge Yellow upholstery tone as the highlight for its door cards, seats and dashboard.

It’s powered by a tuned version of the standard Cullinan’s twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V12 engine which, thanks to a mild ECU reflash and a fresh exhaust system, produces an extra 28bhp and 50Nm of torque – taking the total figures to 592bhp and 900Nm of torque. Like the standard SUV, power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Rolls Royce has also reworked the Cullinan’s chassis setup by fitting a set of redesigned vented brake discs and implementing a handful of changes to the SUV’s suspension components, drivetrain and four-wheel-steering system. The Cullinan’s throttle response has also been sharpened and its brake pedal travel decreased. 

Like all special-order Rolls-Royces, the firm has not publicly issued a price, but the Black Badge Cullinan will cost comfortably north of the £250,000 asking price for the initial launch version of the SUV. 

What do you make of the new Rolls Royce Cullinan Black Badge? Let us know in the comments section below…

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