There’s little doubt that when Bentley introduced its first ever SUV, the Bentayga, in 2016 it raised more than a few eyebrows with its claims of being the world’s most opulent SUV - and with a starting price of over $420,000 in Australia before options it no doubt raised the ire of a few high-level corporate accountants too.
But that’s nothing compared to this latest creation, the Bentayga Mulliner, which applies a series of unique touches crafted by Bentley’s bespoke division of the same name to create the ultimate expression of no-expense-spared luxury.
Setting the tone for the upmarket makeover are unique 22-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels, in lieu of the ‘regular’ 21-inch items on more run-of-the-mill Bentaygas, plus unique exterior badging, lower bodywork and chrome grilles along with the option of extra-cost two-tone paintwork.
The Mulliner treatment doesn’t just touch on the exterior though, with the interior upgraded via a back seat Mulliner bottle cooler that features an illuminated chilling cabinet and bespoke Cumbria Crystal flutes.
A premium ombre-finish burr walnut veneer has been extensively used throughout the cabin, which itself can be trimmed in one of seven suggested colour-split leather finishes, enhanced via six LED-lit interior “moods”.
There’s also a concert hall-rivalling Naim sound system featuring 20 speakers powered by a 1950-watt, 21 channel amplifier.
To ensure the utmost comfort no matter the weather a remote controlled parking heater allows the car to be heated or cooled when the engine is switched off. However, adding rear window blinds and a double sun visor will (unsurprisingly) cost extra.
On top of all this, Bentley is offering potential buyers the opportunity to include some of its fine Mulliner extras already available on lesser Bentayga models including the the Mulliner Tourbillion by Breitling mechanical dash clock, a pinch at just $300,000.
Those with a penchant for picnicking can add in the a $55,055 Linley hamper by Mulliner, complete with Havilland crockery, four sets of Alta Robbe and Berking silver cutlery, not to mention David Redman of London champagne flutes.
Bentley also offers the world's most expensive fishing kit, a $210,000 box for your tackle, called the Fly Fishing by Mulliner.
The Bentayga is still powered by the sizeable 6.0-litre W12 turbocharged petrol unit that produces 447kW and 900Nm and paired to an eight-speed auto with power delivered to all four wheels.
Pricing has not been detailed, but you can expect it to cost substantially more than the standard version.
Bentley will have a one-off Bentley Bentayga Mulliner on display at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March, and will accept orders about the same time.
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