Now dubbed Project Cullinan, the test car is based on a shortened Phantom Series II body, beneath which sits an early development of the 4×4 suspension.
Rolls-Royce says the suspension is being developed to deliver the brand’s ‘magic-carpet’ ride both on-road and, for the first time, off it. Surfaces will include Belgian Pave, cobblestones, corrugated concrete and surfaces to test noise, resonance and acceleration bumps.
Rolls-Royce fans (and admirers of taste and decency) should breathe a heavy sigh of relief, though – the firm has stated the production version will look nothing like this test mule.
“The body may hint at the size of the new car, but it features no design aspects of the eventual high-sided, all-terrain motor car announced by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in February this year.”
Maybe Rolls-Royce is warning us in advance of this, given how on-road testing is now underway…