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Rolls-Royce gives Cullinan the Black Badge treatment

Firm calls it the ‘darkest, most urban expression of a Black Badge motor yet’

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Rolls-Royce has revealed a new Black Badge version of its luxurious Cullinan SUV.

Previously featured on the firm’s Wraith and Ghost models, the Black Badge specification brings with it a range of touches which help the Cullinan to stand out even further.

It’s also been given a boost in power, with a mild ECU refresh and a new exhaust system increasing the car’s output by 28hp and 50Nm of torque — now up to 600hp and 900Nm of torque.

The chassis has been given some small tweaks too, with a set of vented brake discs added along with a series of edits to the suspension components. The car’s throttle response has been sharpened as well.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge - rear | The Car Expert

Notable styling changes include a set of 22-inch forged alloy wheels finished in black, along with a blacked-out radiator grille and a black chrome Spirit of Ecstasy figure on the bonnet.

Buyers are able to choose from one of 44,000 paint colours, though it’s likely that most people opting for the Black Badge will go for a new signature black paint, which is cured and then polished ten times to achieve the right finish according to Rolls-Royce.

Inside, all Black Badge models come with naked-weave carbon-fibre interior trim, and red-tipped dials too.

The Cullinan range has been a significant sales success for Rolls-Royce, helping it to achieve recored sales for the first nine months of this year. According to The Car Expert’s unique Expert Rating system, the Cullinan currently holds a rating of 79% based on reviews from 18 different UK motoring websites. It has received praise for its interior comfort and interior quality, but criticism for its poor cabin proportions and very high fuel consumption.

Rolls-Royce has yet to announce official pricing for the Black Badge Cullinan but expect it to be above the £250,000 price tag that applied to the launch version of the car.

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Jack Evans
Jack Evans
Articles by Jack Evans are provided for The Car Expert by PA Media (formerly the Press Association). They include test drives of the latest new cars and features on various aspects of automotive life.