Not long to go before the Bentayga has some proper competition.
We’re expecting Rolls-Royce to join the realms of the SUV maker . Codenamed Project Cullinan, the uber-lux SUV, sorry “High-Side Vehicle” as the luxury carmaker prefers to call it, has yet to be named plus all we’ve had to go on in terms of visuals is the . Rendering artists normally do a good job at filling in the gaps, and thanks to Jan Peisert we now have our best look yet at Rolls-Royce’s Bentley Bentayga fighter.
Riding on the British automaker’s new ‘Architecture of Luxury’ aluminum-intensive platform, utilized by the , the Cullinan won’t replace the sedan as Rolls-Royce’s flagship model but will doubtless become its best-seller. Especially if it looks something like this.
Powering the HSV will be the same 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 that develops 563 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque in the Phantom. The SUV’s power output will likely be upped a few notches to keep in on par with the Bentayga, while a hybrid variant using the powertrain from the BMW 7 Series will also arrive at some point down the line. Mated to an eight-speed automatic, expect the Cullinan to sprint from 0-60 mph in around five seconds and top out at 155 mph. Prices for the ultra-exclusive SUV will be around the $250,000 mark, with most buyers expected to spend in excess of $300,000 once the likes of a Starlight Headliner are ticked off the options list.