TEST DRIVE: Rolls-Royce Cullinan 2019, Feeling the Sensation of "Luxury Tanks"

In the previous article Carvaganza had a story about the history and exterior appearance of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan . I happened to get the chance to try out the first luxury SUV from the British manufacturer in Singapore. This SUV has also been officially introduced in Indonesia with a "basic" price when entering Indonesia at around Rp 14 billion.
Behind the steering wheel, it's hard to feel the difference with Phantom. Except, of course, higher driving positions and commanding, as well as wider outward views. Also there is no need to be afraid of blind spots, because Cullinan has been equipped with 5 external cameras, including one 'flag bearer' camera at the top of the windshield. The function of the camera at the top, one of which is to anticipate the condition of the road surface in front, while sending signals to the car computer to adjust the suspension settings, as well as transmission.
There is no sport or sport + mode on Cullinan. However, if you want to just feel a more thrilling sensation, there is a "low" button on the gear lever that is installed to the right of the steering rod. Press the button, the air suspension will automatically drop by 40mm and engine speed increases due to the longer displacement distance between the transmission gears.

Swelling symptoms that are characteristic of every SUV are also very minimal. The all-wheel steering technology in Cullinan can make a car maneuvering gently with almost no beat. When you want to overtake or change lanes, for example, the car seems to be inching or shifting, not turning. The all-wheel steering system is also very helpful when the car has to turn on a broken corner, or when it turns low. So, despite having a 130-inch or 3295mm wheelbase, Cullinan's turning radius is only 13.23 meters. Compare with the rotating radius of the Land Rover Defender 130 (double cabin) which also has a similar wheel-base, which is 14.46 meters.
The heavy traffic conditions made me unable to explore the car's power to the full. I only had time to try out the steering performance when bulldozing a short road segment which split the relatively quiet "urban forest" area. The asphalt road is quite narrow and many twists seem to mean nothing to Cullinan. The lightweight yet dense steering wheel is always precision, as if being able to read the driver's mind. The car will turn right in the direction we want, without any symptoms of understeer or oversteer or neutral.
Towards dusk, I request permission from Rolls-Royce Asia Pacific colleagues to try out the off-road capabilities of this car. The thing is, from earlier I was very curious to play the "off-road" button and the hill descent control in the center console. The problem is, where can we get off-road tracks in highly developed City Countries like Singapore?
Fortunately, on the way back to the hotel, we found an empty land that was being worked on for the construction of an apartment. But, still there is no mud or incline and sharp derivatives that can be used to test the ability of this car on heavy terrain. There is only an open grass field that covers almost half the football field.
I tried to do some maneuvering a drifting that made the sliding car in the direction I wanted while generating thick dust behind the car. On the slippery surface of the grass, Cullinan moves very smoothly like a trained ballet dancer. The rear wheel does not spin, let alone leave the hole in when the gas pedal suddenly starts from a stationary position. Again, the engine torque is channeled to each wheel smoothly and measurably. The car also glides gracefully as if without effort.
The steering is light, but still solid and precise. You can even do the 8 figure maneuver with just one hand on the steering wheel, without having to sweat holding down the torque load on the wheel. The brakes also work very optimally. The car can always stop at the point you want, even though it's on the grass that is still wet with drizzle.
As a lover of off-road adventure activities, Cullinan is not for me. And indeed, from the very beginning, this super-luxurious SUV is actually intended to bulldoze terrain such as desert, ice, or other slippery road surfaces. After all, it is very difficult to find any rich person, who could use this worth of (at least) Singapore $ 1.5 million SUV to devour extreme off-road terrains like the Camel Trophy or do rock crawling in the Moab desert, United States. This car was created for fans of outdoor sports or adventure and hobbies in the wild, but not to open new roads in the forests of Borneo.
MUNAWAR CHALIL (SINGAPORE)




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