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Rolls Royce Debuts First SUV, the gorgeous Cullinan

Luxury, performance and usability have never been seen in the SUV market – until now. The long awaited release of the brand new Cullinan is the Rolls-Royce that will take drivers to the ends of the Earth in ultimate luxury. Rolls Royce CEO Müller-Ötvös says the Cullinan is the “answer to the visionaries, adventurers, explorers and those who believe in the supremacy of liberty” and it’s easy to see why.

The Cullinan is said to have been named after the largest diamond ever discovered, which now resides in the British Crown Jewels. Much like the Crown Jewels, this Rolls Royce exemplifies an iconic status thanks to its contemporary and functional design in the face of increasingly bland SUV designs. Undoubtedly, it is the most anticipated car of 2018 and, quite possibly, the most anticipated Rolls-Royce of all time.

Now, with a younger and more adventurous clientele base, Rolls-Royce has created the Cullinan, taking them completely off the beaten track and rewarding them with life’s most enriching experiences. What they didn’t want was a vehicle as ubiquitous as an SUV. “We knew we had to offer our clients what they couldn’t find in the SUV market,” continues Müller-Ötvös. “They do not accept limitations or compromises in their lives. They are the new pioneers, and for them it’s about their sense of adventure and daring in how they live their experiences. This approach to life demands a motor car that can go-anywhere in ultimate luxury and style – Rolls-Royce style. Hence Cullinan.”

The driver instantly recognises Cullinan as a driver’s car thanks to its thicker, smaller steering wheel. It’s heated, pliant rim hints at epic voyages which Cullinan is all too eager to begin, whilst heated and ventilated seats mean passengers will be perfectly acclimatised. Catering to the technological demands of 21st century, the latest generation of digital instruments are designed with clear and beautiful virtual needles, Rolls-Royce jewellery-like chaplets and clear lettering.

A host of other cutting-edge technology makes Rolls-Royce Cullinan the most technologically advanced car of its type in the world. Further equipment includes: Night Vision and Vision Assist including daytime and night-time Wildlife & Pedestrian warning; Alertness Assistant; a 4-Camera system with Panoramic View, all-round visibility and helicopter view; Active Cruise Control; Collision Warning; Cross-Traffic Warning, Lane Departure and Lane Change Warning; an industry leading 7x3 High-Resolution Head-Up Display, WiFi hotspot, and of course the latest Navigation and Entertainment Systems.

Why We Love It

For those not behind the wheel, the world’s most spectacular scenery is to be seen from a privileged position. Those in the rear sit higher than those in the front of the car on Rolls-Royce’s Pavilion Seating, enjoying grandstand views of their surroundings thanks to the large glazed area of Cullinan’s side windows and industry-leading panoramic glass roof.

In all in all, this high-bodied car makes the idea of authentic, luxury off-road travel a reality for the first time. It is the most practical of Rolls-Royces, the most versatile, family oriented, fun-to-drive super-luxury SUV available today. Luxury travel is now effortless, thanks to this exciting addition.

Prices are estimated to be in the region of £230,000 and will soon be available now at P and Wood

First a Speedboat, Now an Aston Martin Submarine

First there was the AM37 – the powerboat that launched Aston Martin’s first exploration into the maritime world. Now, the car manufacturer has ventured into deeper territory with Project Neptune. This Bond-like submarine is in collaboration with Triton, who produce state-of-the-art submersibles for superyacht owners and explorers. Able to descend 500 metres under the surface of the ocean, it will further enhance Aston’s place in the luxury world, with another lesson in elegance and performance. Showcasing Aston Martin’s craftsmanship and design (just look at it), combined with Triton’s operational, manufacturing and diving expertise, Project Neptune will be – unsurprisingly – a limited edition, but will redefine luxury for a very lucky select few. ‘Project Neptune is defined by its sleek, elegant exterior,’ says Marek Reichman of Aston Martin. ‘We have used forms and proportions that express the same devotion to design, engineering and beauty that shape our cars, such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar project.’ The sleekest submarine you’ll see will also be an engineering masterpiece, though. ‘We have always admired Aston Martin,’ Patrik Lahey, Triton’s president adds. ‘The marque represents a deeply held passion for technology, engineering and timeless, elegant design. From our first interaction, it was apparent that Triton and Aston Martin were natural partners and our complimentary values will be realised in this truly exciting project.” Aston Martin’s newest innovation follows the AM37, a speedboat which boasts a top speed of 50 knots, 1,000 bhp and a luxurious cabin with Aston-like features throughout. The iconic British brand also teamed up with Storck to produce a one-off bike. Only 107 will be made so it will be a rare sight on the road, but the head of Storck believes it sets a new benchmark for bicycles. We can only wait to see what will be dreamt up next!  

BMW M5: the king of high-performance saloons

The sixth generation M5 has rolled up, and the newest high performance from BMW looks to have raised the bar once again for other super saloons.. For more than 30 years, the M5 has been the epitome of the ultimate sports saloon. Launched in 1984, it was always a car that hid its amazing sporting capabilities behind a powerful exterior. The latest model embodies that spirit and takes it yet further. The BMW M5 is the original model that started the high performance super saloon genre, becoming one of the most loved cars on the market. Now an all-new sixth generation of the BMW M5 Saloon is equipped with an enhanced V8 engine, a new M- specific, all-wheel drive system known as M xDrive and performance statistics that surpass all previous incarnations. Key to this heightened level of performance is the introduction of M xDrive and its adaptability thanks to a central control module and the variety of different dynamic modes that can be selected. When first started, the car is in four-wheel drive mode with the Dynamic Stability Control switched on. But it comes with various driving dynamics modes, up to a track-friendly pure rear-wheel drive without stability control. Power comes from the latest 4.4-litre V8 engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology. It delivers a maximum torque of 750Nm, accelerating the new M5 from zero to 62mph in just 3.4 seconds, making it the fastest M5 yet. Power is transferred to the road via a new eight-speed transmission system with the latest Drivelogic technology.

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