2020 Vehicle Of The Year: Right Hand Drive Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Behind The Wheel’s award for Vehicle Of The Year was driven by a need to highlight that driving is much more than benchmarks. The enjoyment of getting from point A to point B is a priceless experience that far outweighs lap times or the bargain price of a car.

My pick for vehicle of the year is based upon my most interesting experience behind the wheel every year. Previous winners include driving the Porsche 911 GT3 RS around a race track, taking a Ford Mustang GT on a cross country road trip, and going rock crawling with Range Rover in Arizona.

This year’s winner is the right-hand drive 2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan. While in the UK on holiday, Rolls-Royce sent one to my hotel as transport to tour their factory. The experience of being chauffeured around London with my wife by my side was surreal. I almost always prefer to drive, but relaxing in the back with heated seats and lambs wool carpet on a cold day while soaking up the scenery as we drove up to Goodwood was magical.

I knew that all Rolls-Royce vehicles were true works of art, but the customization options from the factory are truly incredible. Master craftsmen can take any idea, any material, any color, and tastefully integrate it into the design of the vehicle. Their workshop is located on the same grounds as the Goodwood Festival of Speed, a fitting place since Rolls-Royce once held the records for the fastest car, boat, and aircraft.

Rolls-Royce’s factory is state-of-the-art and precise in every aspect, however old-world attention to detail is seen throughout. For instance, the pinstripes on every specified vehicle is all done by hand. The seats are stitched and inspected by hand for locating even the slightest imperfections. The culture of their workforce is one of unity. Everyone is on the same team, and they even sit together in the cafe for every meal together – from workers on the floor to executives.

Following the tour, I got to drive the Cullinan on both narrow country roads through history towns and on the city streets of London. Despite its opulent size, the Cullinan was quite pleasurable to drive. The vehicle makes grand touring carefree, and you never want the journey to end. Driving the vehicle is just as magical as riding in it, because I was driving the quintessential english car in its natural habitat.

Topless In Miami 2019 Winners

For the past 9 years, the Southern Automotive Media Association has hosted an event called Topless in Miami. It is an annual gathering of its members to determine what are the best convertibles on the market. The definition of a “convertible” has obviously changed over the years with the introduction of hardtop convertibles and “convertible like” vehicles such as panoramic vehicles, which are becoming more and more popular. However the spirit of the event holds true now more than ever… soaking up the sunshine is the best way to enjoy the streets of South Florida.

Here are this year’s winners and why I think they deserve the title:

Convertible Of The Year: Mercedes AMG GT C Roadster

This Roadster deserves a home run with classic Roadster styling, a knockout exhaust and racing inspired interior. It not only looks and sounds fast, but it rockets from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds thanks to 550 horsepower bi-Turbo V8 engine.

This vehicle also won the luxury convertible of the year award.  Click Here To Continue Reading

The Rolls Royce Dawn is the “World’s Best Luxury Convertible”

“There is no substitute.” 

“The Best or Nothing.”

“The Pursuit of Perfection”

All three of these automotive tag lines describe the Rolls Royce Dawn even though they belong to other manufacturers (Porsche, Mercedes, and Lexus respectively). After spending a week with the Dawn, I understand why people enthusiastically spend over $400,000 on an ultra-luxury car. It’s not just for the prestiege of owning a car from the iconic brand who once held the speed records for land, air, sea. Discerning millionaires and billionaires drive (or better yet, are chauffeured in) Rolls Royce Motors Cars because of the unparallel experience.


Nothing comes close to the level of detail Rolls Royce has placed into the Dawn. This is because over 90% of Rolls Royce vehicles are bespoke works of art. Every detail, from the type of exotic materials used to the embroidery of family crests, are handcrafted. The particular car I tested feature a sporty design with bulls leather read and black seats, and piano black wood trim. I was told that on average, craftsmen spend 80 hours just on the interior of each car – that is someone spending 8 hours a day for two weeks!!!


Roll Royce calls their patented suspension system, “Magic Carpet Ride” for a reason. Driving a Rolls Royce feels like you are floating on a cloud. The vehicle glides over bumps like nothing was there in the first place. 

While all Rolls Royce vehicles have amazing rear passenger compartments, the Dawn was built for the owner to drive it. I put approximately 350 miles on the car and every minute was a surreal experience. 

Cruising down the boulevard or along a coast road with a cool breeze flowing through your hair is what the Dawn was designed for, but it quickly adapts to any situation.

Even when sitting for hours in rush hour traffic, it is a pleasure to drive the Dawn. You feel relaxed because you are sitting in an extremely comfortable and roomy seat, plus you are enjoying studio quality tunes from you favorite brands via the satellite radio. When the noise from the other vehicle start to bother you, simply push a button and the top closes in a matter of seconds, delivering a nearly silent experience.

The noise isolation on the Dawn is an impressive feat, because at full speed on the highway, you barely hear anything from the outside. Convertibles on the highway are typically a noisy affair when compared to hardtops – even modern convertibles. Rolls Royce Dawn breaks the mold, with the top up, it is quieter than most fixed roof vehicles.


There isn’t a car manufacture that represents “true luxury” more than Rolls Royce. The Dawn I tested featured a multitude of unnecessary, but nice to have features – all of which enhance the experience of driving the “World’s Best Luxury Convertible.”

Example 1: Motorized doors. A distinguished gentleman (or lady) should never have to close his own door when entering a vehicle. So, Rolls Royce added a mechanism to close the front doors with a button.

Example 2: A Beautiful Mascot. Every proper motor car deserves mascot. Jaguar has a cat, Mercedes has a Star, and Rolls Royce has “The Spirit of Esctasy.” Unique to Rolls Royce though, their hood ornament mechanically pops in and out of the front fascia. It pops up automatically when you unlock the car. And when you lock the car, it automatically hides into a spot right above the grill. You can bespoke your car with the Spirit of Esctasy made using an assortment of materials, including crystal. If you want to highlight its beauty at night, and optional LED spotlight is available.

Example 3: Performance. Gas mileage is terrible on the Rolls Royce Dawn – I got less than 300 miles on a single tank of gas – this is thanks to a thirsty 6.6L V12 motor. What is more luxurious than having a V12 engine that can rocket your 5,776 pound car from zero-to-sixty faster than a Porsche 911? 4.3 seconds to be exact. 

Before I conclude this review of the Dawn. I want to give a shoutout to the Dawn’s discontinued bigger brother, the Phantom Drophead Coupe. It is the only convertible “nicer” than the Dawn. The Phantom Drophead Coupe took the passenger experience to another level. It was larger and featured a more refined backseat with options such as a champagne cooler. While the Dawn is all about the driver, the Phantom was about cruising in style while your man servant drives you into town. So if I had to choose between the two vehicles, I would take the Dawn… Which is why I say the the 2017 Rolls Royce Dawn is the “World’s Best Luxury Convertible” that money can buy.

Visit your local Rolls Royce dealer or go to www.Rolls-RoyceMotorCars.com to learn more.

A week with the Rolls-Royce Wraith


Since 1907, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars have been braking the mould of engineering and craftmanship. Their pedigree places them as one of the most iconic brands in the world. Renowned for luxury, but also with a history for performance. In the 1930’s, Rolls-Royce ruled the land, air, and sea – Having held simultaneous speed records for all three challenges. 80 years later, we are under a new era for Rolls-Royce. The brand is owned by BMW, but the company continues its tradition of making “the world’s best automobiles.”

When I got a phone call that Rolls-Royce was sending me a Wraith for a week, I thought I was dreaming. The Wraith is Rolls-Royce’s most powerful production car ever built.


Under the hood is a monsterous 624 horsepower V12 engine. The motor is paired with a satilite aided transmission – you heard right, satilite – the transmission uses GPS to know the road ahead. If you are driving the car hard and approaching a turn, the Rolls-Royce Wraith will automatically downshift for you before you get into the turn… The car thinks for you.

At a curb rate of over 5,000 pounds, most people would think this SUV sized coupe wouldn’t be quick off of the line… but they’re are wrong. The Wraith can do zero to sixty in 4.4 seconds. That is faster than the Porsche 911!


Of course the best part of the Rolls-Royce Wraith is its luxurious interior. The seats, dash, and doors are wrapped in bull’s leather. Most other manufactures use cow leather, because it is cheaper. Cow’s leather stretches overtime and causes creases. Rolls-Royce only uses bull’s leather, because bull’s leather is stronger and doesn’t stretch. The vehicle I drove was a bespoke model, which means that it uses custom materials, and it makes it a one-of-a-kind car. This beauty featured ostrich leather on the center consol, 1″ lambs wool floormats, and teak wood trim on the doors. The doors on Rolls-Royce are particularly special, because they are the suicide doors (notice the photo at the very top). The doors open from the front, which it make it easier to get in and out of the car. But, unless you have someone to close the door for you, it is extremely difficult to close the door for yourself. Rolls-Royce has a solution… motorized a doors! With the push of a button, your door closes for you.


Another opulent feature of the Rolls-Royce Wraith is the night sky headliner. 1,340 LEDs re-create your favorite constellation in the night sky.

The whole point in owning a Rolls-Royce is how refined it gets you from point A to point B. Driving the Wraith is like “floating on a cloud.” You don’t feel the bumps in the road, you don’t hear the wind noise, and you don’t realize that you are moving until you look out of the window. The Wraith is nearly silent, even at highway speeds. I caught myself going faster than I had intended on multiple occasions. The car is a joy to cruise in – I could drive it for hours up and down A1A or 95. It is by far the best Rolls-Royce to drive yourself in.

I will admit, being a 28 year old guy, I felt a little weird driving a $400,000 car for a week. One of my friend’s commented that it looks like I stole Dad’s car… The Rolls-Royce Wraith draws a lot of attention. I had people ask me all sorts of questions: How can someone so young afford such a nice car? Can you give me money? Are you a celebrity? The Wraith is definitely over the top! It makes a statement and sets you apart from all of the other drivers on the road.


A Rolls-Royce wouldn’t be complete with out its mascot, the Spirit of Ectasy. She pops out of the grill when the car is turned on; and at night, she lit with brilliant white LEDs for all of the world to see.

Let’s talk about the Pros and Cons of driving a Rolls-Royce…

Pros: 1) You get a lot of attention. 2) You know you are driving the world’s best luxury car. 3) The seats and ride are so comfortable, you feel refreshed getting out of the car after a long trip.

Cons: 1) You get a lot of attention. 2) You need to be carful where you park – theives like to steal the hood ornament, fans like to take pictures with the car, and envious drivers might try to key the car.


There is no question that the 2015 Rolls-Royce rules the road. Its superior ride, beautiful design, and vast number of factory customizations makes it the most luxurious car money can buy.

So the question is, is the 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith worth the $400,000 (with options) price tag? I say yes!

Contact your local Rolls-Royce dealer for more information or click here to visit Rolls-Royce’s website.