Rolls shrinks big SUV into 1:8 scale model

Scale-model assembly is nearly half as time-consuming as building the full-size vehicle

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1:8-scale model of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan comes in a display case nearly a yard long | Rolls-Royce photos

Quoting Henry Royce: “Small things make perfection, but perfection is no small thing,” Rolls-Royce has unveiled its newest vehicle, a 1:8 scale model of its Cullinan sport utility.

The automaker says the model “faithfully reproduces every detail of the original in miniature,” and each model is produced from more than 1,000 components and takes as long as 450 hours to be assembled, “over half of the time required to build a full-size Cullinan.”

Although pricing is not listed on the Rolls-Royce website, we’re guessing that the 1:8-scale model costs more than some actual cars you can drive and carry the family along with you.

You also can specify the paint color for your scale model, and you can have other details on the model that duplicate those on your full-size Cullinan.

“This scale replica brings a new dimension to Cullinan’s Effortless, Everywhere philosophy,” said Torsten Muller-Otvos, Rolls-Royce chief executive. “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.”

The model’s interior lighting is functional and is operated by a Cullinan-branded remote control. 

“On opening the coach doors, illuminated treadplates are revealed, leading to an interior designed and executed with the materials, skill and attention to detail lavished on Cullinan itself,” Rolls proclaims. “From the headrest embroidery and wood finishes to seat piping and stitching, these Bespoke creations allow clients to recreate their full-size vehicle with astonishing accuracy, or even envision future Cullinans to add to their collection.”

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Under the hood is “a perfect likeness” of the Cullinan’s 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine.

The model comes in a display case nearly a yard long. 

To order yours, visit the Rolls-Royce online boutique.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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