Tuned Cullinan Looks Like the Luxury Wagon Rolls-Royce Won't Make

Criticized for its ugly design when it came out five years ago, the Cullinan has made its way to our hearts ever since. It is a real Rolls-Royce with proper underpinnings and a V12 engine under the hood, and depending on whom you ask, it is probably the best luxury SUV ever made.
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Entering a segment that Land Rover's Range Rover dominated for decades, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan has another direct rival in the form of the Bentley Bentayga. However, those who know a thing or two about cars can tell you that the latter is basically a re-bodied VW Touareg with additional enhancements, whereas the former uses the same construction as the Ghost and Phantom.

True opulence on wheels, the British brand's high-rider costs more than a very nice home in most parts of the Western world. You're looking at a starting price just below the $400,000 mark in the United States. And for something this expensive, there are certain copies out there valued at much more than that. All of them boast aftermarket upgrades, and examples worth seven digits (that's one million dollars if math isn't your strong point) grace the used car market every now and then.

The black Cullinan pictured above is not for sale, however, as Anrky Wheels is using it as a marketing tool to promote its RF-230 set presented here in 24 inches. These alloys are available in diameters ranging from 19 to 24 inches, can be ordered in different style variations, and come with a selection of numerous finishes. In this case, they sport a black look that goes in hand with the overall styling of the luxury high-rider that features no chrome trim whatsoever, as everything was blacked out.

Did you notice the fender flares? Those, alongside the side skirt add-ons and several attachments at the front and rear, bear the signature of Novitec. The renowned tuner was behind the modifications that make this Cullinan even more noticeable wherever it goes. Yet if there's one thing that we cannot support, it is the lowered ground clearance, as it makes it look like a luxurious station wagon – and it's not like Rolls-Royce is famously known for having such products in its portfolio.

We have no clue whether it has more power, but even without any extra boost, the Cullinan is still fast. It uses a 562 hp (570 ps/419 kW) twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V12, which steams out 627 pound-feet (850 Nm) of torque. For something that weighs over 2.5 tons (~5,640 lbs), it is very agile, taking a little over five seconds to hit 62 miles an hour (100 kph) from a standstill. On a final note, we have to remind you that Novitec has power boosts available for the Cullinan, so chances are this one is not stock under the hood.

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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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