lifestyle /Motors Adventure meets luxury: Leaving trails through the unexplored in style The luxury game has changed and has shaken hands with the off-roading community with the introduction of luxury SUVs. It time to move to a better way of enjoying those moments of thrill in the utmost comfort the money can buy.
by Vivek Sharma

There is a certain kind of pleasure, a certain kind of contentment when we allow ourselves to walk out of our comfort zone and try to experience things in a way we never imagined. The free-spirited adventurers out there would agree with us on this.

When we say the word ‘Off-roading’, what comes in the mind right away? Ease, comfort and congenial are probably not the words that cross our mind instead, tough, intense and dangerous are better-suited words to describe it. But who says that the former definitions cannot be associated with off-roading and adventure drives. The world of luxury has now introduced vehicles to the world that let you travel anywhere you want and everytime you do that, you do it in style.

Here are two of the most prominent luxury SUVs in the market that combine the unparalleled luxury with sporting abilities. The perfect mix of off-road performance and everyday usability.


1. Rolls Royce Cullinan

The brand which is known to be one of the best in class when it comes to luxury automobiles has now entered into a new segment of luxury SUVs with the introduction of the Rolls Royce Cullinan aptly named after the largest Diamond ever found, The Cullinan in 1905 in South Africa. With the palatial suite of the Rolls Royce Cullinan, you are cosseted from the elements of pure luxury. Add to that the ability to go all-terrain mode to make that luxury off-road travel a reality, is something that every luxury enthusiast dreams of.

Adventure meets luxury: Leaving trails through the unexplored in style
Cullinan
Photo: Rolls Royce
Adventure meets luxury: Leaving trails through the unexplored in style
Cullinan Interiors
Photo: Rolls Royce

The very first luxury SUV by Rolls Royce is for those who live a life of many facets and prefer to overcome any challenge that nature throws on them. The advanced chassis technology and aluminum spaceframe handles dramatic landscapes in all weathers with intelligence and ease.

With a Biturbo 6.75-Liter V12 engine, Rolls-Royce estimates a 0-to-60-mph time of just 4.8 seconds—impressive for a large SUV that weighs as much as the Cullinan does. The 12-cylinder engine produces 563 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque to help you push through the toughest terrains that may come effortlessly and reach up to a top speed of 155 mph (250 kmph). The SUV has a modified suspension specification as well with a double wishbone suspension in the front and a 5 link suspension in the rear and air struts all around the car that are all controlled electronically. All the off-roading function starts with the push of a button literally. As soon as you hit that ‘Off-road’ labeled button, the Cullinan uses a series of cameras, sensors, GPS data and more to analyze the terrain ahead of you and automatically adjust to the proper settings.

Adventure meets luxury: Leaving trails through the unexplored in style
Cullinan Interiors
Photo: Rolls Royce
 
Adventure meets luxury: Leaving trails through the unexplored in style
Cullinan Interiors
Photo: Rolls Royce

And of course, with all that power in this machine, there are tons of options for the interior customization including a bespoke configuration of having a set of viewing seats that emerge from the back seat to help you enjoy those finest views in the world with finesse. The Cullian starts at a price of $325,000 with nearly limitless options for customization that can easily make the price tag go up.

Website – Rolls Royce Motors


2. Bentley Bentayga

Moving forward to another British Manufacturer of Luxury cars and SUVs, Bentley Motors has an offering in the same segment which they first launched in 2017, the Bentley Bentayga. The name has been inspired by the marvels of nature namely the rugged peak of  Roque Bentayga and Taiga the world’s largest transcontinental snow forest. The derivation of the name itself says a lot about the nature of the SUV and what it is capable of delivering to the owner.

Adventure meets luxury: Leaving trails through the unexplored in style
Bentayga
Photo: Bentley
Adventure meets luxury: Leaving trails through the unexplored in style
Bentayga
Photo: Bentley

This powerful, all-terrain, all-purpose car offers an exceptional driving experience. Having one of the most technically advanced engines in its category, the Bentayga has Mulliner Driving Specifications fitted as standard. This beast brings together outstanding performance and unparalleled levels of luxury on and off-road.

With a W12 petrol engine, the Bentayga produces 600 hp and 660 lbs-ft of torque thus redefining what an SUV engine can do. The Bentayga 6.0 litre engine achieves 0-to-60 mph in 4.0 seconds and accelerates to a top speed of 187 mph (301 kmph), making it the world’s fastest SUV. Talking about the drive, you can select from myriad driving modes using a rotary controller on the transmission tunnel, some intended to configure the car for surfaces such as snow, sand and wet grass and others for day-to-day road driving. Driving simplified.

Adventure meets luxury: Leaving trails through the unexplored in style
Bentayga Interiors
Photo: Bentley

If this is not enough to make you think about this vehicle yet, then Bentley is leaving no stones unturned for you. With the Mulliner Driving Specification Package that includes diamond-quilted seats, drilled alloy pedals, Bentley emblems embroidered on the seats, and a full selection of leather, carpet, and color combinations, there isn’t a thing you cannot customize in this vehicle to make it as personal and unique to your taste.

Adventure meets luxury: Leaving trails through the unexplored in style
Bentayga Interiors
Photo: Bentley
 
Adventure meets luxury: Leaving trails through the unexplored in style
Bentayga Interiors
Photo: Bentley

Talking about Luxury, we cannot forget about the bespoke customization offered by Bentley here including unique visual packages that include Molten Bronze, Big Skies, Quicksilver, Roulette, Stonecutter, and Alpine Air. The Bentayga starts at a price of $195,000 options for customizations all over the car that can easily raise it $200,000 more than the base price.

Website – Bentley Motors


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