Rolls-Royce Cullinan Blue Shadow: A Glimpse of the Heavens on Earth
A car marque such as Rolls-Royce rarely creates a vehicle that celebrates the beauty and mystery of space, but when it happens, it's worth our attention.
The last time Rolls-Royce created something like this was with the Wraith – Inspired By Earth model in 2020, an exclusive, artistic variant inspired by our planet and the solar system.
The BMW-owned manufacturer has unveiled the Black Badge Cullinan Blue Shadow edition, which draws inspiration from the Kármán Line - a point some 100 kilometres above Earth where the atmosphere ends and space begins.
Shades Of Blue
Interestingly, the sky blue that appears from Earth fades into the blackness of space, which creates an intense dark-blue zone where darkness becomes visible hence the Blue Shadow exterior colour of the bespoke Cullinan.
Rolls-Royce plans to only build 62 Black Badge Cullinan Blue Shadow Edition units, each representing a mile from Earth to the Kármán Line (62 miles).
The expectation is straightforward when talking about a Rolls-Royce: it's smooth, refined, and unmatched. The interior lives up to that expectation, thanks to the meticulous attention to detail that goes into creating it. Its exterior is finished in a Shadow Blue paint job, further complemented by a satin-tinted grille surround and aero bumper insert sets.
As for the Spirit of Escasy, it has been created with 3D printing expertise in titanium, and it's wrapped in a thin layer of blue-tinted lacquer. Meanwhile, the Black Badge and Blue Shadow Private Collection nameplate are printed on its base and infilled with Charles Blue colour.
A set of Blue Shadow wheels that are subtly darkened using a translucent lacquer completes the exterior look of the RR Cullinan Blue Shadow.
To the Edge of Space
Then there is the interior with perforation on the seats arranged to emulate Earth from outer space. The dashboard and door cards also feature the same blue colour, while the sills have the 'Cullinan Blue Shadow Private Collection One of Sixty-two' plaques.
Rolls-Royce has tweaked the Starlight Headliner, and in this application, it represents the moon's surface with its multitude of craters in 3D and comes with hues of thread to showcase a distinctive feature. The embroidery takes two full days and 250,000 stitches to complete.
For an added out-of-this-world feeling, the headliner has 799 white LEDs and 384 in blue.
An exclusive indoor car cover that matches the seat pattern and a distinctive luggage set will be given to each customer. A full-size 1:8 scale replica of the model can be commissioned with fully functioning features such as exterior and interior lights, doors and bespoke Illuminated Collection Treadplates.
Mechanically, the Cullinan's normal 6.7-litre twin-turbo V12 engine is unchanged and spews out 441 kW and a colossal 900 Nm to all four corners.
The Cullinan, as the first SUV produced by Rolls-Royce, has attracted the attention of those who appreciate luxury performance SUVs with lavish features and remarkable performance that rank it among the best.
The limited edition Shadow Blue model elevates the luxury SUV genre to a higher standard, but unfortunately, all 62 units have been sold, and the likelihood of seeing one locally is very low.