Rolls Royce Gets Dark, More Powerful with Cullinan Black Badge
It's hand-polished 10 times in what it calls the most comprehensive surface finish process ever applied to a solid paint colour.
Three years ago, Rolls Royce showed a new label for the company. Black Badge was “a permanent Bespoke family of motor cars that defined the taste patterns of an emerging generation of super-luxury consumer.” Now they’ve completed the line of “unapologetic and highly dynamic products” by sticking the badge on the company’s biggest model. This is the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan
At just a black-background badge on the nose, there’s more to this big SUV than just that label. For example, while you can pick one of the 44,000 shades of paint from the Rolls menu, or even make your own if you can find one that fits inside those cracks, Rolls expects most Black Badge buyers to get the signature black you see in the photos. It’s hand-polished 10 times in what it calls “the most comprehensive surface finish process ever applied to a solid paint colour.” And then they apply a bright yellow pinstripe below the windows.
The Rolls Spirit of Ecstasy is also darkened, with a high gloss black chrome finish. The grille surround, and most of the rest of the standard chrome, is also gloss black now, though the grille bars are polished so you can see how black the surround is. New 22-inch alloys show off the first time Rolls has ever sold a coloured brake caliper. It’s red, of course, which seems a bit of a stand-out on what is otherwise clearly a subtle exterior.
Inside, there’s carbon fibre finished with six coats of lacquer on the inside, again hand-polished for a mirror finish. It’s a new geometric shape Rolls-Royce hasn’t done before. A late addition to the Cullinan, the starlight headliner is finally here, with 1,344 fibre optic cables showing a starscape or even a new shooting star feature.
But what you’ll notice in there isn’t the headliner or the carbon, it’s that new bright yellow leather that’s accenting the cabin. It’s tough to miss on the dash and seats, though you can, of course, pick just about any colour you’d want that’s not the yellow.
The Black Badge also gets some additional performance. The 6.7L V12 makes 600 hp, up 29 from the standard model, and the 664 lb-ft of torque is up 37. It’s also a nice, round 900 Nm. In contrast to the usual sport modes on these crossovers, toggling Low on the gear shift puts it in the mode with a louder exhaust, and the Black Badge gets a “more aggressive shift pattern” than the standard big ‘ute. If you want one, they’re “open for commission,” which is Roller for taking orders now.