Driving the most exclusive version of the most luxurious SUV in the world

Where? We drove in convoy from the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay to Bahrain Fort, and back again, a short drive to give us a general feel.

What’s “Black Badge”? It’s Rolls Royce’s ‘special’ badge, designed particularly with the company’s younger customers in mind, that are even more posh, stylish, faster… and they cost more.

It’s faster than a normal Rolls Royce? Yes. The engine is a huge 6.7-liter V12 producing 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. This is noticeably more powerful than for non Black Badge models. Rolls-Royce doesn’t specify the time it takes to go from zero to 100 kph, nor its top speed. But it’s fast.

Do they look different? Yes, but subtly so, it has a darkened grille and Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament with a new high-gloss black chrome chemical finish. The alloy wheels are unique to this trim, and a “Technical Fiber” (a type of carbon fiber) trim comes standard. But that’s just the start – there’s lots more differences.

Did you enjoy driving it? Of course, it’s like driving a super smooth luxury penthouse on wheels.

How much? If you have to ask, you can’t afford one.

Oh come on, how much? You better have lots of money. Prices in Bahrain start from around BD 170,000 though you can easily pay up to BD 220,000 with added options.

Okay, I want one, who do I call? Euro Motors on +973 1775 0750. Enjoy