It’s usually the Ghost and Phantom sedans that get the one-of-a-kind treatment from Rolls-Royce but with its latest bespoke project, the ultra-luxury brand has turned its attention to the Cullinan. The majestic SUV has been commissioned by a long-standing RR customer from the Middle East to celebrate his father’s 90th anniversary in an opulent manner.
The British brand part of the BMW Group needed no fewer than 30 attempts to perfect the Rose paint, which it combined with a discreet hand-applied coachline in Rose Gold to complement the Spirit of Ecstasy statuette. Open any of the four doors and the first thing you’ll notice will be the special treadplates on the sills, also featuring a Rose Gold finish.
Because this is a Rolls-Royce first and foremost, it’s the interior that stands out from any other posh SUV out there. The unique Cullinan has a pair of tabletops, each inlaid with carefully selected 1,351 separate pieces of mother-of-pearl. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it refers to nacre – an inner shell layer of which pearls are composed. Each was placed by hand, surrounded by burr walnut marquetry. These mother-of-pearl pieces are sealed with clear lacquer, and because the wood is genuine, the tabletops are not completely identical since there are some color differences.
It wouldn’t be a proper Rolls-Royce without the Bespoke Starlight Headliner, which is marketing jargon for an illuminated ceiling. For this application, the stars were carefully placed to mimic the sky as it appeared on the night and place where the customer’s father was born. This fancy Cullinan is RR’s first car to incorporate a clock in a mother-of-pearl surround. Predictably, the clock’s dial and hands are finished in rose gold while the dial has mother-of-pearl accents as well.
RR doesn’t say whether The Pearl Cullinan is based on the standard version or the Black Badge. The difference between the two can be found underneath the imposing hood where the twin-turbo 6.75-liter V12 makes 563 hp and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) in the former and 591 hp and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) in the latter.