Bentley bespoke craftsmanship on show at Beijing Auto Show 2016
The highly exclusive Bentley Mulsanne First Edition made its global debut at Beijing Auto Show 2016, alongside Flying Spur V8 S in its China debut and a unique bespoke Bentayga with Mulliner 'Roque Bentayga' Marquetry.
Mulsanne First Edition
Just 50 examples of Mulsanne First Edition will be made available across the new three-model Mulsanne family: Mulsanne, Mulsanne Speed and the new Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase.
Bespoke features of Mulsanne First Edition include a Mulliner sterling silver vanity kit inlaid into the rear picnic table. The luxuriously weighted set – created by Asprey of London – includes a vanity mirror, hair brush and comb, all of which fit perfectly into a unique Mulliner-designed picnic table for discreet stowage.
First Edition motifs are featured throughout the cabin, including a unique diametric overlay on the rear seat picnic tables, special tread plates and Union Jack-inspired First Edition embroidery on the seats.
A true celebration of Bentley’s new flagship, each Mulsanne First Edition also features a specially engraved Bentley ‘Flying B’ bonnet ornament and can be specified with a champagne cooler.
Displayed at the Beijing show was a Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase First Edition featuring a ripple-patterned Fulbeck veneer sourced from a 350-year-old English walnut tree. This extremely rare and sought-after wood fetched an undisclosed record price at auction, with Bentley able to acquire enough to create veneer panels for a small number of cars. All other Mulsanne First Edition models are available with a unique Antique Ash veneer.
Rear compartment curtains, available on Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase, in the First Edition are specified in a new Ivory colour to match the interior.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “The Mulsanne is the epitome of Bentley’s DNA – exquisite, individual and powerful. It defines luxury in the automotive world and offers the unique Bentley blend of luxury and performance.”
Bentayga by Mulliner – A Vision in Veneer
Also unveiled in Beijing is a one-of-a-kind version of the brand’s new, highly sought-after luxury SUV – the Bentayga by Mulliner, Bentley’s bespoke coachbuilding division.
This unique model features a remarkable veneer set depicting the mountain scenery that inspired the Bentayga’s name. More than 30 individual pieces made from 10 different veneers have been crafted and shaped to create a vivid, detailed mountainscape picture – a real showcase of the skill possessed by the Mulliner team in Crewe.
Combining unparalleled luxury with sporting ability, off-road performance and everyday usability, the new Bentayga offers a true Bentley driving experience.
Flying Spur V8 S – The Sporting Side of Luxury
Bentley also unveiled its new Flying Spur V8 S in China for the first time. Sitting between the current Flying Spur V8 and the family flagship W12 model, the performance-focused V8 S develops 528 PS and 680 Nm. This powers the Flying Spur V8 S to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, 0.3 seconds faster than the V8’s already impressive sprint time.
The exterior of the Flying Spur V8 S features dark and sporting revisions. Bentley’s iconic matrix grille is black as standard with an exclusive front bumper design which, along with optional dark-tint lamps front and rear and a Beluga gloss rear diffuser, gives the Flying Spur V8 S a dramatic on-road presence.
Inside the cabin, styling is precisely matched to the sportier exterior aesthetic and includes piano-black veneer, knurled gear knob and gearshift paddles and three-spoke sports steering wheel as standard.