Not impressed by the “standard” Bentley Bentayga? Perhaps sir would be delighted to discover the announcement of the Bentley Bentayga Mulliner by the good chaps of Bentley Motors from the town of Crewe.
This is the crème de la crème (or is it the creamiest of butter, if you catch my drift) of all SUVs, as Bentley boldly declares their Bentayga Mulliner as the ultimate luxury SUV. Naturally, the flagship Bentayga Mulliner is powered by the biggest block of the lot, the 6.0-litre W12, because the 4.0-litre triple-charged V8 diesel variant basically reeks from its buttocks.
To refresh your memory, the W12 generates a healthy 600 hp and a heady 900 Nm of torque to get the all-wheel drive leviathan from nought to hundred in 4.1 seconds. And don’t forget that the Bentayga is also the world’s fastest SUV, maxing out at 301 km/h. Blimey indeed.
Externally, the Bentayga Mulliner differs little from the non-Mulliner Bentaygas, apart from the seven-spoke 22-inch Paragon wheels. The Duo Tone paintwork also makes its debut on the Bentayga Mulliner, but eventually the lesser-Bentaygas can be specced with this option from April onwards.
However, the Mulliner touches are more obvious inside. The front and rear seats are wrapped in different coloured leather, but they’re finished with matching contrast stitching and Mulliner embroidery to remind you that you’re sitting in the poshest Bentayga. Meanwhile the Ombré Burr Walnut Veneer looks as delicious as it sounds, where the Burr Walnut trim seamlessly appear from deep black as it wraps towards the back of the cabin.
If you prefer to lounge in the back, the Mulliner Bottle Cooler inside the rear center console holds your bubbly together with a couple of bespoke Cumbria Crystal flutes. Completing the ultimate SUV experience is customisable mood lighting and a 20-speaker 1,950-watt Naim for Bentley Audio system.
But those are just the standard items. The option list for the Bentayga Mulliner extends to the Linley Hamper by Mulliner for that ultra haute cuisine from behind the Bentayga. It includes a refrigerator (yes, a fridge!), fine Linley china cutlery, crockery and crystal glass, and storage area for dry goods. Also not forgetting is the world’s most expensive in-car clock, the Mulliner Tourbillon by Breitling with its own winding mechanism.
The Bentley Bentayga Mulliner will be produced in “very limited numbers”, and it will premier at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in a special one-off example featuring a unique inlay to the front fascia depicting the stunning Monte Rosa mountain range in exquisite hand-crafted marquetry. Fancy certainly is an understatement.