The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the SUV of my dreams.
I am partial, I must admit, I own the brand and the brand owns me. Whenever I do something or have a project for my butler school I think to myself “How would they do it at Rolls-Royce?”
Why do I say that the Cullinan is the Rolls-Royce of my dreams?
Because it can play by the script (on the tarmac) or evade from the score and improvise effortlessly (everywhere) like a great jazzman.
The idea of moving in a refined and serene environment while enjoying the famous magic carpet ride for which RR is famous for, oblivious of the temperature or the conditions of the terrain, makes it a unique proposition.
Have I road test the Cullinan? No, but I know about the RR magic carpet ride. I got trained in Crewe in 2001 on a Silver Seraph prior to getting my Bentley/Rolls-Royce Chauffeur certificate.
I live in Canada and, as RRMC CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös mentioned, Cullinan should be happy here in Canada and find itself a few good homes.
I imagine taking off early morning after a snowstorm to be the first on the slopes and enjoy the powder snow before other put tracks in it;
Or driving the family of my employer to a picnic in a private and secluded place, one that offers a gorgeous scenery that wouldn’t be otherwise accessible;
Or going hunting or a photo safari expedition, and bring back a bear in the cargo space;
Or taking the Cullinan close by the river to a sweet spot for salmon fishing and go fishing (fly fishing -or- ask your new friend, the bear in the cargo space, to do it for you);
Or use the cargo space to move part of the wine cellar for celebrations in the wilderness (Chassagne-Montrachet with salmon works fine).
Or to a field where the Sikorsky S76 just landed to collect guests and their gear.
Or to go at the end of winter to a private Sugar Shack for a gastronomic maple oriented feast. Private Sugar Shack are traditionally lost in the woods and in days of yore you could only get there with a horse sleigh if it wasn’t too muddy or, like we did when I was young, on a farm tractor (no magic carpet).
Cullinan is limitless in its possibilities.
I have seen on the internet some chaps who find the shape of the Cullinan boxy.
In my opinion this is wrong, the Genius is inside!
Perhaps you may imagine sleeker lines, but bear in mind that this car will probably grace the car collection of people who have already more than one set of wheels.
This is not why they will buy a Cullinan.
Finally, I like the self-deprecating humour of RR calling it a « Diamond in the rough » like how the original massive Cullinan stone was looking with its 3,000 plus carats before getting a haircut.
My imagination is on fire.