The Rolls-Royce Cullinan made its debut in January of 2019 and it finally receives the Black Badge treatment.
For the uninitiated, the Black Badge is Rolls-Royce’s way of embracing the dark side of life; it is for those who oppose conformity and live by their own rules. Rule-breakers, disruptors, innovators… everything that resonates the brand with its Black Badge family.
The Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Kuala Lumpur is also the only dealer in the entire Southeast Asian region that carries the entire Black Badge line-up of luxury motor cars. The Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan joins the rest of the family that includes iconic members like the Wraith, Ghost, and Dawn in the same signature shade.
To achieve such a colour, it has to go through multiple layers of paint and lacquer while also being hand-polished 10 times. All this is done at Rolls-Royce’s very own home in Goodwood, West Sussex, England. Even its ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ mascot comes in a high gloss black chrome, which extends to its mounting plate.
Also reserved exclusively for the Black Badge Cullinan is the 22-inch forged alloy wheels. Its gear-like graphics showcase the true power of the Cullinan while also recalling an infinitely occurring lemniscate. Its brake callipers also get a splash of colour — not in black, but in red. The high gloss paint was specifically developed to withstand high levels of pressure and temperature from the luxury SUV’s braking system.
At the heart of the Black Badge Cullinan, you’ll find its gargantuan 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine, which is essentially the same setup as the Silver Badge Cullinan. However, the engine has been tweaked with a total output of 592hp and 900Nm of torque. The motor car also benefits from a bespoke transmission and throttle treatment, as well as an entirely new exhaust system.
On the inside, you’ll find that the Black Badge Cullinan is unlike any other Rolls-Royce. For one, it utilises a luxury new material developed by the marque’s designers, engineers, and craftspeople. It’s called Technical Carbon and it is a naked-weave carbon-fibre finish that was developed to create highly accurate repeating geometrical shapes.
Starlight Headliner also makes an appearance, joining the ranks of other historical Rolls-Royce iconography like its ‘Double-R’ monogram, the Spirit of Ecstasy, and the Pantheon Grille. It’s presented in fine black leather and handwoven with 1,344 fibre optic lights to show a true reflection of the sky at night. It also features eight shooting stars that dart at random predominantly over the front occupants.
And in line with the marque’s bespoke philosophy, the Black Badge Cullinan is customisable with a near-infinite range of interior colour palettes. The Cullinan Rolls-Royce’s Colour and Trim designers created a new colour known as ‘Forged Yellow’, the latest addition to the brand’s curated collection.
As of right now, the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan is available for viewing. Be sure to visit their website for more info or head to their showroom.
All images courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Kuala Lumpur.