The Rolls Royce of SUVs

After years of teasing, Rolls-Royce reveals the Cullinan SUV
After years of teasing, Rolls-Royce reveals the Cullinan SUV

Need proof that SUVs are here to stay? This week brings it in the form of the Rolls-Royce of SUVs – the all-new Cullinan. Designed from the ground up to give the jet set a taste of visceral, boots-on-the-ground adventure without requiring them to give up necessities like plush heated seats and ice-cold champagne, the new SUV brings ultra-premium comfort to rock-strewn canyons, undulating mountain roads and dusty desert expanses. And it should get you noticed in the spa parking lot, too. read more

Bomb Proof SUV

The owner of a run-of-the-mill Toyota wasn’t satisfied with the style and protection the car came with, and spent $160,000 to add a champagne bar, a widescreen TV and grenade proof armor.

The Toyota Sequoia SUV, which retails at $48,000, has been converted to withstand driving over a landmine as well as the lavish additions on the inside.

Its exterior remains as anonymous as before, but open the door and the changes are far more noticeable.

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Crib car: Although the Toyota looks the same on the outside, its inside has been significantly spruced upAlthough the Toyota looks the same on the outside, its inside has been significantly spruced up
Expensive wheels: The SUV already costs £30,000 but it wasn't enough for its owner who spent another £100,000 to convert it into a luxurious - and bomb proof - supercarThe SUV already costs $48,000 but it wasn’t enough for its owner who spent another $160,000 to convert it into a luxurious – and bomb proof – supercar. The result is a fortress on wheels which includes a widescreen TV, wood trim, leather thrones, champagne compartments and mounted tablet computers on the side. The outside has been armored to withstand 7.62x51mm rifle rounds, hand grenades and landmines.

Kim Pemberton, director of sales at Lexani Motor Cars said: ‘It is the only Toyota Sequoia we have done although the owner has another one coming next week as well as a Sprinter for us to do.7.62 x 51mm

‘The most popular models are Cadillac Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburbans, and GMC Yukon Denali.

‘Our client base comes from affluent professionals and heads-of-state who appreciate luxury but also want something unique that very few will have.’

Pass the popcorn: The car relies on a driver as the divider between the back and front has been turned into a widescreen television and champagne bar The car relies on a driver as the divider between the back and front has been turned into a widescreen television and champagne bar
Terror Toyota: As well as the tablets on the walls, the outside is strong enough to withstand landmines, hand grenades and rifle rounds  As well as the tablets on the walls, the outside is strong enough to withstand landmines, hand grenades and rifle rounds
They see me rollin: The owner has not spared the change for the driver leather with a comfortable wide leather seat and wood panels: The owner has not spared the change for the driver either with a comfortable wide leather seat and wood panels

‘The cost for a Lexani Motors interior on an SUV generally runs around $150,000 give or take depending on options.

‘The interiors are handmade by our craftsmen in house and we are a small boutique company so we don’t mass produce our products like many.’

‘When we are through with our executive vehicles they not only offer the luxurious appointments the client has chosen in designing their environment but also will function as a mobile office.’

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This SUV is not for Everyone

You might not think that there would be much overlap between Lamborghini lovers and SUV drivers.

After all, the flashy sports cars are usually driven by stars and musicians, while rugged off-road vehicles are more the preserve of farmers and outdoorsmen – or, in recent years, suburban soccer moms.

But the two worlds are about to collide, as the luxury Italian firm launches its own four-by-four, for the lumberjack who wants to look smart as he traverses the forest.

The Lamborghini Urus was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show this week, and it could be coming to a road – or dirt track – near you before too long. Although Lamborghini has not yet revealed the price,  it is expected to hit the market in 2015.

It arguably looks more like a sports car than like the average SUV, with its aerodynamic shape, sleek design and glossy finish. This “crossover” has huge 24-inch wheels and a 600 horsepower engine. Like most of Lamborghini’s cars, the Urus has full-time all-wheel-drive with a focus on on-road performance.

At just 5ft 6in high, the car is also significantly shorter than most other four-wheel drives, making it more attractive to the city-dwellers who provide Lamborghini’s usual customer base.

And its more hi-tech features are a world away from the rural origins of the the SUV, as it is equipped with all sorts of clever gadgetry.

Instead of wing mirrors, it has cameras feeding video to screens positioned next to the driver.

The Urus – named after an extinct ancestor of the cow – is packed with carbon fibre, which is exceptionally strong relative to its weight.

And the car even changes its own shape, with a front spoiler which adjusts its position depending on whether the driver is off-road or speeding down the freeway.

Surprisingly, this is not the first time Lamborghini has tried to launch an SUV.

From 1985 to 1992 they made the LM002, a less fashionable model which did not find success as just 300 were ever sold.

The company is determined that the Urus will be different, and is planning to turn out as many as 3,000 per year.

That would make the SUV Lamborghini’s most popular model – but it remains to be seen whether the firm is ready to shift from boy racers to rednecks.

 Attribution: INAutoNews, Mail Online