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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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The New $3.4 million Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel”: Legends of Heaven

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Aviation-inspired Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” pays tribute to its racing driver from the “golden decade” and their love for flight.
The new aviation-inspired Bugatti Chiron Sport "Les Legends du Ciel". Credit: Bugatti
The new aviation-inspired Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Legends du Ciel”. Credit: Bugatti

Bugatti’s latest limited-edition Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” (translated as The Legends of Heaven) pays tribute to its historic racing drivers of the “golden decade,” many who were accomplished daredevil pilots with a need for speed.

Featuring an aviation-inspired paint color scheme in a matte-grey “Gris Serpent,” with a contrasting high gloss white stripe down the center, the new Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” takes inspiration from the 1920’s aircraft piloted by Bugatti drivers and is based on the Chiron Sport.

Matte-grey Gris Serpent with high gloss racing stripe. Credit: Bugatti
Matte-grey Gris Serpent with high gloss racing stripe. Credit: Bugatti

“Bugatti has had close associations with aviation since the company was established more than 110 years ago. Many successful Bugatti racing drivers, such as Albert Divo, Robert Benoist and Bartolomeo ‘Meo’ Costantini, flew for the French Air Force, the French aviator legend Roland Garros privately drove a Bugatti Type 18 to be as fast on the road as in the air,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “It is therefore almost an obligation for us today to pay tribute to the legends of that time and dedicate a special edition to them.”

Other small aeronautical details found on the exterior of the Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” include the small “Les Légendes du Ciel “logo on the front wings, the “Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge” tricolor in Blue, White, and Red on the front area of the side sills and door entry lights that project the edition logo onto the ground when the doors are opened.

Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge tricolor on the front area of the side door sills. Credit: Bugatti
Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge tricolor on the front area of the side door sills. Credit: Bugatti

Bugatti has also chosen to use a fine light brown Gaucho” leather for the entire vehicle interior as a nod to the aircraft’s leather interiors of bygone eras. Further aviation references throughout the interior include the logo “Les Légendes du Ciel” found on the headrests and door panels with a hand-sketched racing scene as well as the special edition numbering “1 of 20”.

Light brown Gaucho" leather is used throughout the interiors. Credit: Bugatti
Light brown Gaucho” leather is used throughout the interiors. Credit: Bugatti

For owners that want a little something extra, comfort seats are offered as an additional upgrade, along with the optional glass roof “Sky View” through which occupants can gaze into the sky like in open-top aircraft of the past century.

Owners can upgrade to the "Sky-view" glass roof if desired. Credit: Bugatti
Owners can upgrade to the “Sky-view” glass roof if desired. Credit: Bugatti

Powered by the same iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine as the Chiron Sport, the new edition delivers 1,500 PS with 1,600-newton meters of torque and is electronically limited to a top speed of 260mph (420 km/h).

Production of the Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” is expected to begin at the end of this year and will be limited to 20 vehicles in total at €2.88 million (USD$3.4 million) each.

Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Side Rear View
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Aerial Side Rear
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Aerial View
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Aerial Rear View
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Grille View
"Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge" tricolor in Blue, White, and Red on the front area of the side sills
"Les Légendes du Ciel"
Carbon fiber engine bay
Gaucho Leather interior
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Leather Seats
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Steering Wheel
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Door Details
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Console Insert

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McLaren Artura Teased As The Name of New Upcoming Hybrid Supercar

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McLaren has confirmed “Artura” will be the name of its new V6-based high-performance hybrid supercar.
McLaren Artura Hybrid Teaser
McLaren Artura will be UK automaker’s first series-production hybrid supercar. Credit: McLaren

McLaren Automotive has revealed the name for their first series-production hybrid supercar, which will be launched officially next year and named the “Artura.”

Known as a High-Performance Hybrid (HPH), the McLaren Artura is new in every respect and marks the beginning of a new era for the UK based automaker. Building on the experience gained through the development of both the McLaren P1TM hybrid hypercar in 2012 and later the Speedtail Hyper-GT, the Artura is expected to have incredibly quick times if the Speedtail Hyper-GT’s top speed of 250mph (403km/h) is anything to go by.

“Every element of the Artura is all-new,” says Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive. “From the platform architecture and every part of the High-Performance Hybrid powertrain, to the exterior body, interior and cutting-edge driver interface – but it draws on decades of McLaren experience in pioneering super-lightweight race and road car technologies to bring all of our expertise in electrification to the supercar class.”

McLaren Artura Hybrid Teaser Front On
Powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine with electric motor. Credit: McLaren Automotive

The new McLaren Artura is said to sit between the GT and 720S in their lineup and will be built on a new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) platform designed and manufactured at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre. It features a new compact twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine and when combined with the lightweight High-Performance Hybrid powertrain and electric motor, retains the power and performance of McLaren’s much larger V8 engines.

For daily driving, the McLaren Artura will also run on electric power alone for emission-free urban journeys.

The McLaren Artura supercar will be on sale in the first half of 2021, with McLaren to reveal further details and pricing in the coming months.

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The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Is Designed to Be Chauffeur Driven

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The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is more luxurious than the standard S-Class sedan and, with the Chauffeur package included, makes it an attractive option for the owner that needs to be driven daily.
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The new luxurious 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new top-of-the-line 2022 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, which sees the wheelbase extended by seven inches (18cm) compared to the standard Mercedes-Benz S Class, and luxurious features like the Executive Seating and Chauffeur Package come as standard.

Designed to combine the Mercedes-Benz flagship model’s high-tech solutions with the exclusivity and tradition of Maybach, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class was first launched in 2015 and has already sold approx. 60,000 vehicles to date.

Over 60,000 models have been sold since first launched in 2015. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Over 60,000 models have been sold since first launched in 2015. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

Powered by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers 496hp and 516lb-ft of torque and paired with AIRMATIC air suspension, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class provides an ultra-smooth ride and remains popular to this day as a “car to be driven in” thanks to the comfort afforded by the extended rear area and the luxurious upgrades.

Extended wheelbase offers more cabin room than the standard Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Extended wheelbase offers more cabin room than the standard Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

“With the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, we are emphasizing the progressive, modern approach of its exclusive product portfolio shortly before the 100th anniversary of Mercedes-Maybach automobiles,” says Dirk Fetzer, head of Mercedes-Maybach product management. “As they did then, today’s customers have high expectations of their exclusivity and individuality, elegant design and first-class standard of finish, all based on the latest technology. Especially with respect to comfort, safety and design, the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has unique selling features in the hotly contested luxury segment.”

Easily recognizable by the front chrome radiator grille marked “MAYBACH” and the distinctive bonnet with its chrome fin and wider rear doors, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has an elegant appearance, which can be further customized with the option of a two-tone paint finish. Other optional extras include electrically operated comfort rear doors.

The front chrome radiator grille of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
The front chrome radiator grille of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

The interior of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is essentially based on the new interior design of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and shares the same sculptured appearance of the dashboard, center console, and armrests. Owners have the option of adding Ambience Lighting that features throughout the interior cabin.

Optional ambient lighting can be adjusted to suit the driving mood. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Optional ambient lighting can be adjusted to suit the driving mood. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

In the latest model, the infotainment system MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) is even more personal and intuitive to use. On request, the MBUX Interior Assist can also be equipped in the rear of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

MBUX Interior Assist recognizes the intentions of occupants and assists where needed. credit: Mercedes-Benz
MBUX Interior Assist recognizes the intentions of occupants and assists where needed. credit: Mercedes-Benz

Designed to recognize the intentions of the occupants of the vehicle, MBUX Interior Assist recognizes eye-direction, hand gestures, and the body language of the occupants to assist with automatic vehicle functions as the situation requires. The Mercedes‑Maybach S-Class can also recognize movements and gestures by the rear occupants with the help of 3D laser cameras in the roof liner. For example, the belt extender for the outer rear seats automatically offers up the seat belt when MBUX Interior Assist recognizes the occupant’s intention to reach for the belt by hand movements.

Luxurious rear seating so that passengers are comfortable whether working or resting. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Luxurious rear seating so that passengers are comfortable whether working or resting. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

Deliveries of the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class are expected to begin mid-2021, although no pricing has been announced.

Mercedes Maybach Rear Seats
Mercedes Maybach Seats
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