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Rolls-Royce launches micro-car! No, we’re being absolutely serious…

Rolls-Royce, creator of the Cullinan, probably the world’s most luxurious SUV, has unveiled a unique panacea for owners currently unable to enjoy their pride and joy out on the road – a 1:8 scale model they can admire back at home.

Being a Rolls-Royce creation, of course, it’s more than a little bit special. For one thing, each metre-long model will be individually and painstakingly crafted by hand, to the client’s specification, from over 1,000 individual components. That means buyers will need to be patient. The process is likely to take around 450 hours, around half the time taken to build a full-size Cullinan.

But, as TLR always maintains, the best things in life are always worth waiting for. Get this: the replica is hand-painted using Rolls-Royce colour-matched paint, then hand-polished to the marque’s exacting specification; the coachline is even applied using a fine brush, just as it is on the original. And customers can choose from a palette of around 40,000 ‘standard’ colours, or request their own personal Bespoke finish. 

The replica model is hand-painted using Rolls-Royce colour-matched paint, then hand-polished to the marque’s exacting specification…

This Rolls-Royce Cullinan could do with a bigger boot

The fully-functioning and exterior lights, meanwhile, are operated by a Cullinan-branded remote control while, under the bonnet, there’s a perfect likeness of the ‎iconic 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine.

Unsurprisingly, similar artisanal levels of care are lavished upon the interior. Open the coach doors and illuminated (USB-powered) treadplates gently light up, revealing an exact, miniaturised replica of the full-size version, from the headrest embroidery and wood finishes down to the seat piping and stitching. Want to create a version of a Cullinan you fancy, rather than the one you already have, Rolls-Royce can do that for you too.  

“This scale replica brings a new dimension to Cullinan’s Effortless, Everywhere philosophy,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “Our super-luxury SUV is now as perfectly at ease in the serene surroundings of its owner’s residence as it is in the most challenging and hostile terrain on Earth. It is not just about the big things: we seek and achieve greatness in everything we do, down to the smallest item and minutest detail.” 

As to how much one of these extraordinary replicas will cost, well, it’s POA in the UK. Rolls-Royce isn’t quite as shy with its US customers, however, informing them that they can expect to pay between $17,100-$27,360 for their lovely new plaything.

An experienced PR professional who’s represented some of the world’s best-known technology brands, Kulwinder began his career as a journalist and then editor, with stints on legendary British car magazines Supercar Classics and Fast Lane.

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