Extreme sports with a Rolls Royce Cullinan Black Badge. Sort of…
We take Rolls Royce Cullinan Black Badge to the mountains and test its worth as an SUV for extreme sports junkies, not the Royal Family.
What do you do when Rolls Royce Motor Cars offers you the new Cullinan Black Badge for a weekend? Do you make a review of it for YouTube? Well, there is too much of that already. Do you write a review article, pretending to have learnt what the car is really about? Not our style. Instead we decided to just ram it with downhill bikes, boards and other extreme sports attire and go as per usual about our typical weekend in Swiss Alps.
Yes, perhaps you have noticed that this video is slightly different to what we typically produce but there is nothing to worry about. We decided to add a bit of lifestyle flair to the Misha on Wheels YouTube channel but will also continue to shoot the highly cinematic reviews that you have all come to love. Just like we did before.
Rolls Royce Cullinan Black Badge - The Why!
Fact of the matter is, there is no simple answer to it. See, the Black Badge is worth 450,000EUR and we are certain that the most extreme off-roading it will ever see is when it wafts from the front gates to the castle on a beautifully laid gravel road. Exaggeration it is, but you get the drift. In all fairness, the only reason why Cullinan exists is because SUVs are in great demand and demand means cash. The Cayenne saved Porsche and just look how the Lamborghini Urus is working out for its rightful conglomerate.
Naturally, the Rolls Royce Cullinan Black Badge followed suit and became quite a success for the company. First and foremost in Russia, thanks to its congenital love for SUVs, shooting both of the country’s dealerships to become the world’s top RRMC showrooms in terms of sales. Therefore, like it or not but the most opulent representative of the off-road world is here to stay so let’s just embrace it like the haters of the new M3 grille changed opinion as soon as journalists started to rave about how great the car is.
Can Rolls Royce Cullinan Black Badge be a normal car for normal stuff?
Loading all our gear in the car took absolute ages. We struggled to lower the back seats down to make space for the bike and, oh god, had to Google it. Nope, both Antoine Truchet and I are not monkeys with a pair of cymbals but we just couldn’t get them down no matter how many times we pressed the designated button. Nevertheless, we managed to get them down, load the Cullinan and take off for the mountains.
The Black Badge quickly ate up the miles that led to the mountain passes and we started to execute upon our extreme sports plan. Unpacked the bike and boards, conquered some hills and slopes and took back to the civilization. Something wasn’t quite right. More specifically it was the dirt bike and its greasy wheels rubbing against the pristine interior. Opposingly, it is astonishing how the Cullinan engulfs you in its presence. Don’t forget, it is enormous and yet, feels incredibly easy to navigate around. The whole 450,000EUR of its real-estate.
Is it any good for people who are not part of the Royal Family? Yes, yes and yes. In fact it is more of an experience that I wish all of you can get subjected to along the course of your life. Think of it as transporting yourself in a very expensive leather bag that has windows, a 600BHP 6.8 litre V12 and is capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in just 5.2 seconds, which is incredible for a 2,753 kg (6,069 lb) bulk of luxury.
In some unknown to me way, the Cullinan imposes its own way of life on you. It all comes from the attitude you have towards the money spent on the car. I doubt many Rolls Royce owners feel like sticking pro downhill bikes into it, being prompted by complete disregard of the seashell white leather and thick carpets that no one in this world ever forgets to mention. Perhaps, at some point of the Black Badge’s own life though, there will be a YouTuber who decides to burn it down or crash the Cullinan in a race to get the sacred views but it is just not what this car moves you to do. At least, no one in their right mind will daily the Cullinan the same way most of us daily company cars or the 300GBP Fiestas that beg their new found student owners to just let them die in peace at a nearby scrapyard.
Final thoughts on the Cullinan Black Badge
The first SUV by Rolls Royce is all about the experience that makes you want to cherish the sensory emotions resultant from every mile. I am sure you know what I mean if you love cars beyond getting from point A to point B. It is a luxury real-estate on wheels that doesn’t leave you questioning why on earth you have just spent all this cash on it. And it is this, that is so hard to achieve nowadays and what most luxury brands aspire to reach. Afterall, simplicity is key to perfection and Rolls Royce is great at it. These were my thoughts on the 2021 Rolls Royce Cullinan Black Badge as I was on my way back to the company’s Geneva showroom. And if I ever come to owning one, loading my dirt bike on top of the car’s exquisite leather will most likely be the last thing on my schedule.
Rolls Royce Cullinan Black Badge Specs
Engine: 6.8 litre V12
Horsepower and Torque: 600bhp / 900Nm (664 lb-ft)
Top Speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)
Weight: 2,753 kg (6,069 lb)
Brakes: Enough to stop you on the road
NOTES: We would like to thank Rolls Royce Motor Cars Geneve for the car and support it continuously provides us with.
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