For the most part, the Cullinan Black Badge handles exactly as you’d expect a big Rolls-Royce might.
Except for right at the margin of its dynamic potential, it is not a car that will surprise you with keenness, or whose outright stability or body control urges you on to great speeds. It is, almost to the base of its contact patches, a pretty simple, relaxing conveyance, and its dynamic mission is clearly not to equal the versatility, capability or grip of some of its rivals, but instead to do ‘luxury’ well – with just the merest hint of sporting seasoning sprinkled thereon.
The car wears its size and heft on its sleeve, with steering that isn’t heavy but is quite gentle and slow around the centre. That allows you to guide and position the car with the finely metered precision that has marked out Rolls-Royce’s cars for decades and makes it change direction quite softly – up to a point.
The suspension permits some body roll to build as you turn in, only to check it at an entirely comfortable angle as you’ve dialled in about a quarter turn of steering, just as you’re sizing up the apex of the tight bend you happen to be negotiating.
It’s at this point, however, that the chassis of the Cullinan Black Badge delivers its final, carefully hidden year-end bonus: an extra dose of cornering purchase and agility, coming perhaps as the four-wheel steering system finally empties its pockets, or possibly thanks to an acceleration in directness from the front axle. Whatever the reason, this Rolls-Royce chooses to keep its dynamism under a bushel until it’s absolutely required, rather than waving it under your nose with every twitch of the wheel or vertical fidget of the ride; and you can’t help quite liking that about it.