Lord Vader, your new Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge has arrived.
Rolls-Royce is finally taking its Cullinan SUV over to the Dark Side. The new Vader-inspired Black Badge Cullinan is, according to Rolls-Royce “the boldest and darkest expression of Black Badge yet.”
Like the sinister Black Badge versions of the Wraith, Ghost and Dawn, the Cullinan gets the full noir treatment. Nearly every piece of chrome has been chemically darkened, rather than painted or coated, to give a smokey hue that doesn’t chip or peel.
Inside the Cullinan features a much-demanded Starlight headliner with 1,344 individual twinkling fibre optic ends. There’s also a new “shooting star” feature that randomly uses groups of eight, brighter-white fiber optics to dart across the roof.
The SUV features a 6.75-litre v12 engine that delivers an increased power output of (600ps) and torque (900nm). The drive-train and chassis are re-engineered for enhanced dynamic performance and bespoke 22-inch alloy wheels are introduced in Black Badge house style.
Rolls-Royce has made changes to suspension components to add to a ‘suite of dynamic technologies’ that ensure a smooth ride. The drive-train, Zf 8-speed gearbox and both front and rear steered axles work collaboratively to adjust the levels of engagement depending on throttle and steering inputs.
To create the depth of colour that characterises the Black Badge exterior, multiple layers of paint and lacquer are meticulously applied and hand-polished 10 times. It serves as the perfect canvas for the contrasting hand-painted coachline.
A pop of red offers relief with the marque’s first ever coloured brake caliper. A high gloss red paint was specifically developed to withstand the elevated temperatures generated by the motor car’s uprated braking system.
Another painstaking process, each leaf of technical carbon is finished with six coats of lacquer before being left to cure for 72 hours then hand-polished. This process takes 21 days and is only deemed complete once every piece is inspected by a craftsperson to ensure complete reflective uniformity across each of the 23 pieces within the car.