Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

NOV-DEC 2018

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on-road behavior in the SUV sector." is was accomplished via a thorough re-engineering of the existing air suspension system, and a complete reworking of the 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 engine to deliver just the right level of torque (850Nm) at the lowest possible revolutions (1,600rpm). When driving off-road, the electronically controlled shock absorber adjustment system uses air compression to actively push down any wheel it detects losing traction, thereby ensuring that every wheel is constantly in contact with the ground and maximum torque is being provided to all wheels. "Put simply, what makes the car great on-road makes the car great off-road," said Krismer. When it came time for a name, the company eschewed what Carter called the tradition of selecting "ethereal and slightly spooky" monikers that have included Dawn, Wraith, Phantom and Ghost, in favor of something completely different. "Cullinan" is derived from the appellation given to the largest diamond ever mined. e 3,107-carat stone was unearthed in South Africa in 1905 and eventually sent in a biscuit tin via Royal Mail to King Edward VII for his 66th birthday. When the rough diamond was finally cleaved, the two largest pieces made their way into some of the most significant pieces that comprise the British Crown Jewels: the Sovereign's Scepter and the Imperial State Crown. In all, there were more than a dozen Cullinans cavorting over the river and through the woods in Jackson—not to mention the fleet of other members from the house of Rolls-Royce that were on hand for use as shuttles and support vehicles—and it was a site to behold, even in a county that boasts the highest income per capita of any the United States. "For Rolls-Royce, this is a seminal and phenomenal moment," said Carter. "Cullinan is so completely different to anything we've done before, which called for a launch location that is completely different, but links with the car and tells the story of where we are as a brand." The Cullinan entrusted to me for the 147-mile test drive boasted a Smokey Quartz exterior. The cabin was a thing of absolute beauty and craftsmanship. Befitting a couture handbag, the two-tone leather (Armagnac and Dark Spice) with contrast stitching was exquisite, as was the Mimosa Negra wood veneer used extensively throughout, including the central console and second- row tables that fold out to reveal a touch-screen entertainment system. Underfoot were plush lambs wool floor mats. 41

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