Mountain climbing in a Rolls-Royce SUV

Jackson, Wyoming (CNN)Immediately to my right, there was a steep mountainside, a veritable wall of brown grass, bushes and trees. On my left was a long steep drop toward a valley far below. In between, was a narrow path covered in jumbled rocks and me in the driver’s seat of a nicely optioned Rolls-Royce with a total price of about $400,000.

This was nuts. If I’d been in a Jeep Wrangler or a Land Rover, maybe this would not have been such a big deal. But when Rolls-Royce told me they were going to let me drive the new Cullinan, the brand’s first SUV, off-road, I figured I’d be taking it over a dirt road and maybe up and down a few little hills. I hadn’t imagined I would be threading my way up a zigzagging pass cut into the side of a Wyoming mountain.
The Cullinan was handling this terrain surprisingly well, especially considering it was riding on the same tires used to drive on paved streets. The fact that the Cullinan has all-wheel-drive certainly helped. But it also has one especially important thing other Rolls-Royces do not: selectable driving modes. Well, at least one.

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