When you first come across the Rolls Royce Cullinan, its ability to drift isn’t the first topic that comes to mind but let’s face it, there’s something deeply entertaining in attempting to slide a six-figure posh ride that was never meant to be slided around.
Autocar’s excellent ‘Will It Drift’ video series returns with a very white and eye-wateringly expensive Rolls Royce Cullinan Black Badge.
Under its humongous bonnet lies the company’s twin-turbo 6.75-liter V12 engine, which here produces a whopping 592 HP (600 PS / 441 kW) and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
These power figures alone should be enough to guarantee some tire-slaying action in any car but the Cullinan isn’t any ordinary car – or SUV in this case. This Rolls Royce measures 5,341 mm long (210 inches) and 2164 mm (85.1 inches) wide while the wheelbase stretches over 3,295 mm (129.7 inches). In addition, the official curb weight is 2,753 kg (6,069 lbs), making the Cullinan the very definition of hefty.
Still though, that torque figure alone should be enough to loosen the grip of those massive tires but apparently only in the right conditions. Even on a damp track, with its stability system turned off and following some provocation, the Rolls Royce Cullinan won’t let its tail step out for some sweet all-wheel drift action, resulting in a predictable understeer.
Thankfully for our viewing pleasure, a dirtier private road with a slippier surface was nearby, allowing the heavy Roller to finally break traction and perform some tasty muddy donuts. Yes, you can hoon a Cullinan after all.