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The Darkest Black Badge yet – New Black Badge Cullinan

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Rolls-Royce introduced Black Badge with the Wraith and Ghost in 2016, followed by Dawn in 2017 and in 2019 the family is completed with the Black Badge Cullinan.

Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan
Rolls Royce Introduces the first Black Badge Cullinan. Credit:Rolls-Royce
  • Introduced as the darkest, most urban expression of a Black Badge motor car yet
  • First coloured brake caliper from Rolls-Royce
  • 6.75-litre V12 engine now delivers increased power (600PS) and torque (900NM)
  • Drivetrain and chassis re-engineered for enhanced dynamic performance
  • Curated collection debuts striking Forge Yellow leather and Technical Carbon veneer
  • Bespoke alloy wheel introduced in Black Badge house style
  • Infinity lemniscate symbol continues to codify noir expression of Rolls-Royce

Launched in 2018, the original Silver Badge guise of the Cullinan was created to satisfy overwhelming demand from younger, more adventurous clients looking for a super-luxury SUV. If the Silver Badge Cullinan was built to conquer the world’s wildest reaches, then the alter ego Black Badge Cullinan has been built to conquer the urban frontiers.

Front View of the Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan
The darkest Black Badge to date. Credit:Rolls-Royce

The Idea Of Black Badge

Rolls-Royce noted that within its new group of clients a subset of individuals existed who sought to subvert the motor car’s domineering presence, as Rolls-Royce states, “by permanently cloaking it in the night”. Rolls-Royce goes on further to describe them as “men and women who take risks, break rules and build success on their own terms”. Rolls-Royce also gives a hint that the idea of Black Badge didn’t arrive without opposition. “Before we launched Black Badge in 2016 the idea of creating a product that would satisfy this subversive cohort – that is highly dynamic and wilfully rebellious in aesthetic – caused a great deal of internal debate” declares Torsten Müller-Ötvös, the CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan
Cloaked in the night – Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan. Credit: Rolls-Royce

The Darkest Black Badge Version

The Black Badge Cullinan’s multi-layered signature high gloss Black paint is hand polished 10 times, representing the most comprehensive surface finish process ever applied to a solid paint colour. While the black paint will be popular for many, the Black Badge Cullinan can also be coated in any of Rolls-Royce’s 44,000 ‘ready to wear’ colors or commissioned with a completely new bespoke hue.

The Spirit of Ecstasy mascot is presented in high gloss black chrome and for the first time this finish extends onto its mounting plate, creating the darkest Black Badge yet.

Other darkened features include the ‘Double R’ badge on the front, flanks and aft which invert to become silver-on-black, while chrome surfaces such as the front grille surround, side frame finishers, boot handle, boot trim, lower air inlet finisher and exhaust pipes are darkened. While they appear black, the vertical grille bars remain polished, reflecting the blackened surfaces that surround them.

Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan Wheels
All new 22 inch rims especially reserved for Black Badge Cullinan. Credit: Rolls-Royce

The Black Badge Cullinan is further enhanced by all-new 22-inch forged alloy wheels, reserved exclusively for Black Badge Cullinan. Lurking behind these are Rolls-Royce’s first ever coloured brake calipers. The high gloss Red paint has been specifically developed to withstand the rigors of elevated temperatures generated by the motor car’s uprated braking system while still offering a perfectly smooth finish befitting of Rolls-Royce. To help driver confidence when exploiting the Black Badge Cullinan’s increased power, the braking bite point has been raised and pedal travel decreased. Redesigned brake disc ventilation also allows consistency in these changes while braking at elevated temperatures.

As we delve inside the cabin of the Black Badge Cullinan, the now iconic Starlight Headliner intensifies the cabin’s ambience by casting a low light over the lavish leather seats. Presented in fine Black leather, handwoven with 1344 fibre optic lights, it is a true reflection of the sky at night and incorporates eight brilliant white shooting stars that dart at random predominantly over the front occupants, subtly acknowledging the Cullinan’s owner-driver appeal.

Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan Starlight Headliner
1344 fibre optic lights and 8 shooting stars intensify the ambience. Credit: Rolls-Royce

What Is Technical Carbon?

Inside their cars, Rolls-Royce usually go to lengths to remove any notion or sense of the raw mechanical function of the motor vehicle. However, for the Black badge Cullinan, Rolls-Royce’s Colour and Trim experts wanted to gently sensationalise the engineering substance of Black Badge, but asked themselves, how should this be done?

In the spirit of Sir Henry Royce’s founding philosophy, “When it does not exist, design it”, a collaboration between the marque’s designers, engineers and craftspeople saw the creation of a new luxury material called Technical Carbon.

Inspired by masterpieces of urban architecture, a naked-weave carbon-fibre finish was developed to create highly accurate repeating geometrical shapes that produced a powerful three-dimensional effect.

Each leaf of Technical Carbon is finished with six coats of lacquer before being left to cure for 72 hours then hand-polished to Rolls-Royce’s hallmark mirror finish. This process takes 21 days and is only deemed complete once every piece is inspected by a craftsperson to ensure complete reflective uniformity across each of the 23 pieces within the car’s interior.

Rolls Royce’s Technical Carbon takes 21 days to manufacture. Credit: Rolls-Royce
Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan Dashboard
Inside the Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan. Credit: Rolls-Royce

The Infinity Motif

The Black Badge contains symbolism of the mathematical symbol that represents a potential infinity, which is placed discreetly within the motor car’s interior. This marking, also known as the lemniscate, was applied to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s record-breaking Rolls-Royce-powered Blue Bird K3 hydroplane, denoting that it belonged to an insurance class reserved for boats with unlimited and therefore infinite engine power. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars states it “selected this hallmark for Black Badge to reflect its own unrelenting pursuit of power”. Within the car’s interior, the Infinity lemniscate motif is embroidered into the fold-down rear arm-rest, incorporated in the illuminated treadplates and engraved on the brushed and darkened steel clock case.

Sir Malcolm Campbell’s record-breaking Rolls-Royce-powered Blue Bird K3 hydroplane was also celebrated by Rolls-Royce with the planned limited edition production run of 35 Phantom Drophead Coupes revealed in 2014. The unique models were to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Sir Malcolm Campbell’s last water speed record, which occurred in 1939.

Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan Rear Seats
the Infinity lemniscate motif on the fold-down rear arm rest. Credit: Rolls-Royce
Sir Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird K3 hydroplane
Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird K3 hydroplane.

Black Badge Cullinan Engineering & Power

Key to the visceral thrill of Black Badge Cullinan is the Architecture of Luxury, Rolls-Royce’s proprietary all-aluminium architecture that debuted with Phantom. The sub-structure not only delivers extraordinary body stiffness but its flexibility and scalability allowed Cullinan to be fitted with all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering in its silver badged guise. These dynamic features have been comprehensively exploited and re-engineered for Black Badge while retaining the peerless quality of ride that has driven Rolls-Royce’s success.

The Architecture of Luxury has been engineered to meet size and weight requirements of different propulsion systems. When the driver presses the ‘Low’ button situated on the gear selection stalk, they unlock Black Badge Cullinan’s full suite of technologies. This is asserted by the proud amplification of the motor car’s 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12 through an entirely new exhaust system, announcing its arrival with a deep, authoritative basso profundo.

Instrument Cluster In The Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan
The V12 in the Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan puts out 600PS. Credit: Rolls-Royce

It was deemed unnecessary to make changes to the engine’s ample internal capacity, however the flexibility of the twin-turbo V12 has been exploited to generate an extra 29PS creating a total output of 600PS. The sense of a single, infinite gear has also been sensationalised with the addition of a further 50NM of torque, bringing the total to a 900NM.

Black Badge Cullinan benefits from a Bespoke transmission and throttle treatment that creates a sense of urgency without ever undermining its Rolls-Royce peerage. The drive-train, ZF 8-speed gear box and both front and rear steered axles work collaboratively to adjust the levels of engagement depending on throttle and steering inputs. The result is an extremely well-mannered tourer at low speeds and a vivid driver’s device when pressed.

Black Badge Cullinan is now available to commission.

Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan
Rolls-Royce’s latest tourer, Black Badge Cullinan. Credit: Rolls-Royce

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Bentley Celebrates Flying Spur Hybrid With “Odyssean Edition”

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New Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid “Odyssean Edition” is the first production Bentley to introduce elements of the futuristic EXP 100 GT concept car.
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The limited edition Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition. Credit: Bentley Motors

Earlier this year, Bentley revealed the new Flying Spur Hybrid as their second electric model, and to celebrate the launch, they’ve created a special “Odyssean Edition” that takes inspiration from Bentley’s futuristic EXP 100 GT concept car.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Side
Inspired by the futuristic Bentley EXP 100 GT concept car. Credit: Bentley Motors

As the first production Bentley to introduce details seen in the concept vehicle that imagines the future of luxury mobility in 2035, the new Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition introduces a range of new sustainable materials that enhance the design without compromising the level of luxury expected of a Bentley.

Like other Flying Spur models, the “Odyssean Edition” also uses Bentley’s signature Flying spur “lofted diamond” pattern throughout the interior and features tweed material made from 100% British wool especially made for Bentley, Koa veneers, sustainable leathers, and specially engraved treadplates and D-pillar badging.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Side Rear
Six curated colors have been selected for the exterior of the Flying Spur Odyssean Edition. Credit: Bentley Motors

For the exterior of the Flying Spur Odyssean Edition, owners have a choice from a curated palette of six colors to complement the detailing and have five interior specifications to choose from, including Beluga, Porpoise, Cricket Ball, Brunel or Burnt Oak (owners are still able to select from the full range of Bentley colors if they desire).

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Treadplates
Custom treadplate of the Odyssean Edition. Credit: Bentley Motors

The Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition is powered by a 2.9-liter turbocharged V6 engine combined with an advanced electric motor that together delivers 536 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque for a 0-60mph time of 4.1 seconds. When fully fuelled, the Odyssean will be able to travel over 435 miles due to the new powertrain that requires significantly less fuel.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Interior Dash
Luxurious interiors made with sustainable materials. Credit: Bentley Motors

Like other Bentley models, owners can review various options and data through the My Bentley app, including the “find my car” and “lock my car” feature, location of e-charging stations, remote initiation of battery charging, and cabin comfort control.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Seating
“Lofted Diamond” pattern featured throughout the Flying Spur Hybrid. Credit: Bentley Motors

The Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition is a limited edition, although price and numbers have not been revealed as yet.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Interior
Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Details
Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Taillights
Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Wheels

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McLaren 765LT Spider is McLaren’s Most Powerful Convertible Yet

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The new limited-edition McLaren 765LT Spider is McLaren’s most powerful convertible yet and offers owners the Longtail driving experience.
The new McLaren 765LT Spider revealed. Credit: McLaren Auto
The new McLaren 765LT Spider revealed. Credit: McLaren Auto

McLaren has revealed the McLaren 765LT Spider as the brand’s most powerful convertible to date and fastest accelerating LT Spider yet.

Following on from the McLaren 765LT “Longtail” coupe unveiled last year, the new 765LT Spider will be limited to only 765 vehicles to match the production numbers of the already sold-out coupe.

The 765LT Spider is McLaren's fastest accelerating LT Spider yet. Credit: McLaren Auto
The 765LT Spider is McLaren’s fastest accelerating LT Spider yet. Credit: McLaren Auto

The 765LT Spider, like its predecessors, stays true to the Longtail principles first developed over 25 years ago and features McLaren’s triple-patented retractable hard top roof for a driving experience that puts the driver at the center of the action.

Featuring an electrically operated one-piece carbon fiber retractable hard top. Credit: McLaren Auto
Featuring an electrically operated one-piece carbon fiber retractable hard top. Credit: McLaren Auto

“Lowering the convertible roof of the 765LT Spider opens up another level of driver engagement. The coupe is impressive in its own right, but when you lower the roof of the Spider, there is a step-change in character – almost a theatrical element, like experiencing a live orchestra from right in front of the stage,” shared Ian Howshall, Global Product Manager, McLaren Automotive.

The McLaren 765LT Spider is only 108lbs heavier than the coupe version. Credit: McLaren Auto
The McLaren 765LT Spider is only 108lbs heavier than the coupe version. Credit: McLaren Auto

As the most powerful convertible to date (not including the Elva, which doesn’t have a roof and thus can’t “convert”), the 765LT Spider is powered by the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine to produce 765PS and 800Nm of torque, hitting 0-60mph in 2.7 seconds and reaching a top speed of 205mph.

Limited to only 765 vehicles in total will be produced. Credit: McLaren Auto
Limited to only 765 vehicles in total will be produced. Credit: McLaren Auto

Pricing of the McLaren 765LT Spider starts at £310, 500 with availability limited to only 765 cars for customer order worldwide and production capacity for 2021 already filled.

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McLaren 765LT Spider Lifestyle Parked Door Up
McLaren 765LT Spider Exhaust

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The Final Bugatti Divo Delivered To European Customer

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Bugatti has revealed the 40th and final Bugatti Divo hypercar has been completed at the Molsheim factory and delivered to a European customer.
Last Bugatti Divo Front Side View
The last Bugatti Divo has now been built and delivered. Credit: Bugatti

A little over three years ago, Bugatti announced the Divo as a revival of its coachbuilding division and has now completed the last and final Bugatti Divo of the 40 bespoke vehicles built in total.

Delivered to a European customer, the final Bugatti Divo is finished in Bugatti EB 110 Blue with contrasting Blue Carbon and an interior with French Racing Blue and Deep Blue accents.

Last Bugatti Divo Rear Side View
Reviving Bugatti’s historic coach-building skills. Credit: Bugatti

Following in the footsteps of Bugatti’s historic coach-built vehicles, each of the 40 Bugatti Divo’s has been individually styled by the owners with various colors, materials, and bespoke design features to ensure that none are identical.

Where the coach-built Bugatti’s of the past have consisted of various bodywork shapes tailored around a single chassis, owners of the Divo have been able to push the envelope with the design and development team being able to modify one-off technical components to create entirely individual models to suit the driving style of the owners.

Last Bugatti Divo Rear View
Custom built to each of the 40 owners specifications. Credit: Bugatti

“As well as unique design, customers who buy a coach-built model enjoy a new, individual driving experience,” explains Pierre Rommelfanger, Head of Overall Vehicle Development at Bugatti. “Each small series undergoes the same degree of development as would a larger production run.”

Named after the French race car driver Albert Divo, who scored a series of race victories for Bugatti over a 20-year period, in honor of him and headquarters in Molsheim, the French flag adorns the Divo’s left and right front fenders as seen on the final Divo to leave the factory.

Priced at five million euros, the Bugatti Divo was Bugatti’s most expensive model when it was first announced in 2018 and was sold within weeks of its first reveal to select customers.

Last Bugatti Divo Interior
Final Bugatti Divo delivered features interior with French Racing Blue and Deep Blue accents. Credit: Bugatti

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