Think of the desert, and you’ll picture undulating sand dunes that are impossible to traverse. Throw in a couple of pre-runners or race trucks, and you’ll relearn what excitement really is but doing that in a Rolls-Royce? That’s as unimaginable as Rolls-Royce making a hot-hatchback but that’s exactly what they did, with the new Cullinan.
The British luxury carmaker is keen to let you know, that their behemoth of an SUV is more than capable of crossing the Arabian desert dunes, should the unthinkable arise.
This particular Cullinan in pristine Sapphire Black is neither a demo unit nor is this a marketing gimmick. Instead, it actually belongs to a private owner who took to the desert dunes just outside of Dubai for a very fun but expensive way to social distance.
Clearly, the desert was no mountain too high to climb for the Cullinan. If anything, witnessing the bulky SUV gracefully glide over the steep sand dunes so effortlessly, and blasting sand in every direction is actually quite mesmerising.
It was definitely an effective demonstration of the Cullinan’s off-road capabilities, as Rolls-Royce said the Cullinan “became a force of nature” during the desert drive and “surfed over high and low terrains with absolute authority.”
Powering the Cullinan is a 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 with 571 hp and 850 Nm of torque, allowing the 2,700 kg Cullinan to waft its way from to 100 km/h from standstill in just 5.1 seconds.
Recently, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge joined the likes of the Wraith Eagle VIII in Malaysia with the latter being the only unit available in Malaysia. Globally, Rolls-Royce limited the supply of these commemorative pieces to just 50 units.