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Fresh 2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge embodies the allure of the dark side

Rolls-Royce has just introduced its latest Black Badge model, the Cullinan Black Badge.

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With the recent introduction of Cullinan, their first ever SUV, Rolls-Royce took their brand to new places. Now they're pushing the boundaries even further with Cullinan Black Badge, an edgier, more daring, and more powerful version made for the streets.

The smoked chrome parthenon grille comes at you like a shadow. The Spirit of Ecstasy is also darkened and unlike Wraith or Ghost now rides on a darkened mounting plate. All the rest of the traditional brightwork surrounding the windows, along the doors, on the boot, and exhaust tips have been blacked out. Cullinan Black Badge also gets model-specific black and brushed aluminum 22-inch alloy wheels.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black BadgeCullinan Black Badge is the darker side of the brand's first SUV.Photo by Harvey Briggs

Black Badge is more than an appearance package. In addition to upping the 6.75-liter V12 engine's output by 29 horsepower to 600, Rolls-Royce has recalibrated the satellite-aided 8-speed automatic transmission which propels the three-ton SUV from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds.

Press the "low" button on the traditional Rolls-Royce column mounted shift stalk and you'll notice something rarely heard in a Rolls, engine noise. Cullinan Black Badge has a new exhaust system which issues a satisfying low rumble at idle and actually snarls and burbles at speed.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black BadgeThe 6.75-liter V12 engine now offers 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.Photo by Harvey Briggs

The ride is also more dynamic with firmer spring and damper settings. The brakes, which, for the first time ever, feature painted calipers (red, of course) are also more aggressive with a raised engagement point and shorter pedal travel. Four-wheel steering also insures nimble handling for a vehicle with an almost 130-inch wheelbase.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge

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Optional 1-inch thick lambswool carpeting enhances the experience and helps deaden the noise permeating the cabin.

Inside, Cullinan Black Badge offers the Rolls-Royce signature starlight headliner – now with shooting stars! You'll also find carbon technical fiber trim panels. The infinity symbol they've placed throughout the cabin is the mark of Black Badge, honoring the legacy of Sir Malcom Campbell's record-setting, Rolls-Royce powered unlimited hydroplane,

Cullinan Black Badge is available for order now and pricing starts at $382,000.

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Honda announces freshened HR-V for 2023

The new HR-V is based on the Civic.

Honda

With the release of the all-new Civic and its performance variants, Honda's lineup grew more exciting this year. Even so, the automaker can't forget about its bread and butter models, which in the United States means SUVs. Its smallest, the HR-V, is getting an overhaul for 2023 with fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain. Honda hasn't elaborated on pricing or given out an exact release date for the HR-V, but we know the SUV is coming this summer.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new HR-V gets fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain.Honda

The 2023 HR-V gets a new grille with a longer hood and sweeping roofline. Honda notes that the new HR-V is based on the Civic, so while we don't have full powertrain and tech details for the new SUV, we can draw some inferences from that information. The new Civic comes standard with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a CVT, which would be a reasonable choice for the HR-V. As it did in the Civic, the base will likely also bring a lively driving experience and confident handling to the HR-V.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V will hit the streets this summer.Honda

Honda says the HR-V features a large greenhouse with door-mounted mirrors and a low cowl for better visibility. LED headlights and tail lights are standard, and the new rear-end design features a more rounded, grown-up shape than the previous model.

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The Everglades adds off-road upgrades to the already rugged Bronco.

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The Ford Bronco remains one of the most difficult to find vehicles around, months after its release. Though it doesn't need any help generating demand for the rugged SUV, Ford just released an Everglades Special Edition model with unique features and improved off-road capability.

The Special Edition 2022 Ford Bronco® Everglades™ | Fordwww.youtube.com

The Everglades is available as a four-door model, and comes with everything in the Sasquatch package plus a snorkel, winch, and more. Ford says the snorkel runs on the passenger-side A-pillar, and features an adjustable inlet to change the direction based on conditions. The intake also allows the Bronco to ford deeper water without fear of drowning the engine. Further bolstering the SUV's aquatic abilities, both axles, the transfer case, and transmission all feature modified vents to increase fording depth. Together, the Bronco Everglades' upgrades give it a water fording depth of 36.4 inches.

Using the Bronco's modular design, the Everglades features a Ford Performance bumper with a Warn winch and modified fenders with squared wheel arches. The winch offers a 10,000-pound capacity and a 100-foot line to pull the SUV out of hairy situations, while the wheel arches are squared instead of rounded, and feature Everglades graphics.

Ford Bronco EvergladesA 12-inch touchscreen is standard.Ford

The Bronco Everglades gets a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine making 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive, and a 67.1:1 crawl ratio. Ford says it will offer the Everglades in five colors: Model-exclusive Desert Sand, Eruption Green, Area 51, Shadow Black, and Cactus Gray.

Orders for the new Bronco Everglades open in March, but is reserved exclusively for existing reservation holders. Pricing starts at $54,495, including a $1,495 destination charge.

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