I’m half way up Jackson Hole’s ‘Town Hill’ in a Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Town Hill is the nickname given to the double black diamond ski run that has the terrifying legend of being the steepest slope in North America. And this AED 1.2m SUV is going up it with ease.
Computer programs in the Rolls-Royce Cullinan are keeping us climbing slowly but surely up the 500-metre incline. As we reach the summit I get out and run my still shaking hands over the bodywork and interior of the Cullinan.
Many of today’s large SUVs are rounded, but the designers at Goodwood have gone for a more regal and visually impacting three-box design, in the same vein as the iconic Silver Spirit. A Phantom-like front, with its towering grille topped with the Spirit of Ecstasy leaves you in no doubt as to what you’re looking at, with the grille surrounds flowing up and over the bonnet creating a distinctive bulge.
But the SUV’s finest exterior detail is its rump. Sloping down from the roof, the sharply raked hatch lines end in a classic notch, very similar to that of the 1949 Silver Wraith. It’s a tiny detail, but adds a sophisticated feel, especially as its flanked by the glowing tail lamps, which are similar to the Phantom’s and feature the RR logo in the indicator fingers.