The black badge Rolls-Royce Cullinan, revealed last November, is the answer to the needs of the world’s ultra-high net worth individuals searching not only for the highest definition of comfort driving and luxury in cars but besides being dynamic they want an aesthetic that comes close to the world best products, industrial design and architecture.
We have been lucky to test-drive the new Cullinan SUV on powder in Kitzbühel for a sunny three day Lady’s Winter Game event staying at the alpine Hahnenkamm Lodge on 1712 meters altitude just to be first on the slopes skiing down and driving off to test-drive around the most stunning winter landscapes in the Tyrolian Alpes.
Their product specialist on board, Andi McCann not only thought us how to get easily down an icy curve but gave us a quick round up on what the Cullinan is all about.
Inside, the dashboard is made of “Technical Carbon”, finished with six coats of lacquer, left to dry for 72 hours and then hand polished. The process takes a total of 21 days to complete and is only signed off when the appointed Rolls craftsperson is happy with the uniformity of finish across the cabin.
All stitching is handmade, and you can choose any kind of coloured yarn. The leather embossing is inspired by Prada and Louis Vuitton.
The car paint is also bespoke as Rolls-Royce can create any colour, might it be my favourite lipstick or the fur of my Persian cat. Although you can choose between 44.000 paint options the Black Badge doesn’t automatically comes in a black exterior paintwork. Still the most Cullinan Black Badges will indeed be black.
SPIRIT OF ECSTASY
Created after Eleonor Thornton in 1911 , a legend says she was the mistress of the former Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, is made out of a dark chrome colour for the Black Badge Cullinan, as well as all silver jewellery and trim inside are slightly darkened.
As with all Rolls-Royce the statue will disappear elegantly, the minute it gets touched or hit. Might it be for security reasons or simply to frustrate thieves.
UNDER THE STARS
The “Starlight Headliner” is complete with 1,344 fibre-optic lights, with the added dazzle of a random shooting star and if your like with your astrological star composition or if you prefer your personal Logo, shining bright.
Have you noticed how smooth and soundless the Rolls-Royce drives? As if you fly. There is no unwanted exterior or interior noise due to a gel like liquid in the tires, in the organs (buttons to push for air circulation etc.) and the double laminate glass windows. You will not be disturbed by any noise. The interior head lining has the same qualitylike a recording studio and that makes a point for….
THE SOUND SYSTEM
… Rolls-Royce designs each sound system individually for each car type.
SIT DOWN & RELAX
if you like on a massage theatre chair, with soft leather padding that keeps your blood pressure and metabolism dynamic while you drive. You always sit slightly higher than the driver to get a better view.
Getting in and out of the car in your haute couture or white jeans will never leave any traces of dust behind as the rear/ sides of the car is fully covered by the doors.
We encourage you to go for a test drive although we guarantee that you will not want to go back and drive your own everyday car.
Irmasworld was invited by Rolls-Royce Motorcars and Hahnenkamm Lodge to this experience.