Spy photographers make a whole business out of catching new models undergoing road testing, but Rolls-Royce gets out ahead of the espionage game by releasing photos of a development car it will be putting on the streets. Called an "engineering mule" in an open letter (Rolls-Royce-speak for "press release"), the vehicle serves as a test-bed for a four-wheel-drive SUV it calls Project Cullinan.
The vehicle shown in the photos is a shortened Phantom model, so it runs on a unique Rolls-Royce chassis, likely with air suspension components. Space between the tires and wheel wells shows quite a bit of lift in the suspension, and it sports a wing on the trunk, a performance component as unlikely to be seen on a Rolls-Royce model as neon under-lighting.
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