Rolls-Royce: Everyday Elegance on a Winter’s Day

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
Magic Carpet
More than simply lavish interior treatment, Rolls-Royce vehicles are well known for their incredibly smooth ride, referred to as a “Magic Carpet Ride.” The suspension of both the Ghost and Cullinan SUV — called the Planar Suspension System — features a world-first upper wishbone damper unit for the front suspension, developed to further improve the continuously variable, electronically controlled shock absorbers. The self-leveling, high-volume air strut assemblies combine with what Rolls calls the Flagbearer system, which use cameras to read the road ahead. At the rear, a five-link axle benefits from the same self-leveling, high-volume air suspension technology, as well as rear-wheel steering. Granted the systems are quite complex, but the result is a ride that’s best described as sublime, even when travelling over snow-covered dirt roads.

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