Exclusive Bentley Bentayga Mulliner sets new bar for luxury SUVs


Mulliner makes the best of the best even better 

No one questions Bentley's ultimate luxury SUV title, its Bentayga setting a new standard for style, performance, and overall opulence, but the new Bentayga Mulliner edition has caused the British ultra-premium brand to specifically claim it "The Ultimate Luxury SUV".

Bentley further stated that the Bentayga Mulliner is a "flagship model" that sets "new standards in automotive luxury" at its Geneva auto show introduction, a bold statement that makes sense considering its improvements would need to be plentiful in order to warrant the highly respected Mulliner nameplate.


Mulliner is Bentley's personal commissioning division, or in more common terms the British firm's exclusive in-house bespoke customizing shop, which has long made the brand's magnificently accoutered coupes, convertibles and luxury sedans even more magnificently accoutered, and therefore is now doing the same for Crewe's first-ever SUV.


Handmade custom detailing is apparent throughout 

Available this spring, the 2017 Bentayga Mulliner will get unique 22-inch Paragon alloys with floating wheel centres, a variety of solid or two-tone paint schemes, yet more exclusive exterior trim including bright chromed lower front fascia grilles, body-coloured lower panels, and unique "MULLINER" exterior badging grafted onto the stylized "B" front fender vents, as well as LED welcome lights that project a Bentley logo on the ground when approaching, illuminated "Mulliner" logos on the otherwise metal doorsills, customizable "My Mood" ambient LED lighting in 15 colours, a four-seat layout with plush suede-like alcantara pillows at each position plus 18-way power-adjustable second-row captain's chairs boasting heat, cooling and massage functions, a fully featured centre console between the rear passengers, a wrap-around bulkhead separating rear passengers from cargo, plus more.


The special one-off model on Bentley's Geneva show stand included new Duo Tone paintwork, a first for the Bentayga which will be available across the entire model line starting April, while this unique Mulliner edition's interior featured gorgeous piano black lacquered veneer inlays that seamlessly blend into exclusive Ombré Burr Walnut as they flow rearward into the cabin. Additionally, baby blue and cream thread was used for the hand-stitched diamond-quilted leather upholstery that was colour-split with black up front and cream white in back, while blue "MULLINER" logos were embroidered into all four seat uppers (orange stitching is shown in the available photos; Bentley suggests a total of seven "colour ways"), while last but hardly least a special Mulliner Bottle Cooler came fitted within the aforementioned rear console featuring glass holders adorned with two handcrafted Cumbria Crystal champagne flutes as well as an illuminated chilling cabinet just behind.


An incredible list of unique Mulliner accessories is available for every Bentayga 

Also notable, the Bentayga Mulliner show model came equipped with a picnic set dubbed the Linley Hamper that was first offered as an accessory last year, which includes three large leather-clad cabinets designed to precisely fit within the cargo compartment, one refrigerated with four champagne flutes and two wine/champagne bottle holders, the second filled with Linley silver cutlery and china, and another meant for linens. These hampers are also removable to be used as outdoor seats.


Such individualized details make clear that Bentley's Mulliner division will handcraft most any accessory or feature within your Bentayga, additional Mulliner offerings announced previously including a fully stocked fly fishing kit encompassing cotton, hooks and feathers, reel cases, a fly-tying vice, plus all the tools a fly fisher could require housed within three saddle leather-trimmed trunks of which one is waterproofed for stowing wet clothing, the latter also included; while horology fans can opt for an exquisitely handcrafted Breitling Mulliner Tourbillon dash clock available for a cool £110,000 sterling, which converted to $180,351 CAD at the time of writing. The tourbillon is amongst the most intricate mechanical watch complications ever created, the entire movement comprising 196 individual components including an automatic pendulum winder, while the dial, which is decorated with eight diamond indexes, can be had in mother-of-pearl or black ebony, and casing in solid yellow, white or rose gold.


More traditional option packages include the Sunshine Specification that adds double sunvisors and powered rear blinds, whereas the Touring and City Specifications incorporate a comprehensive suite of standard driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, self-parking, lane assist, traffic assist, night vision, and a head-up display.

Audiophiles needn't worry about enhancing sound quality, as all Bentayga Mulliner editions will be fitted with the model's best 1,950-watt Naim audio system with a 21-channel amplifier, while a remote-controlled parking heater function is also standard, allowing a heated or cooled interior when the engine is turned off.


Otherworldly performance sets the Bentayga apart from all challengers 

The Bentayga Mulliner is infused with Bentley's top-tier twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine boasting 608 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque for a 4.1-second sprint to 100km/h and a top speed of 301 km/h (187 mph), which while seemingly unfathomable for such a substantive SUV is nevertheless standard Bentayga fare, as is its claim to fastest production SUV on the planet. 

Ultimate speed without total control wouldn't make it a Bentley, so therefore the Bentayga Mulliner benefits from Bentley's Dynamic Ride, the industry-first adaptive and reactive roll control technology utilizing 48 volts to constantly counteract lateral rolling forces during aggressive cornering and therefore ensure maximum tire patch contact for class-leading stability, ride comfort, and unmatched road-holding characteristics.


To order this very special new flagship Bentayga, contact Mark Cheema of Bentley Vancouver, located at 1770 Burrard St, Vancouver or available directly at 604-730-8998. As with all Mulliner editions, its numbers will be strictly limited.


Story credits: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press 
Photo credits: Bentley Motors 
Copyright: Canadian Auto Press Inc.

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