- Debuting at this time at The Quail is a brand new top-trim $339,150 Bentayga from Bentley’s Mulliner customizing division, with deliveries beginning in early 2024.
- It’s powered by the identical 542-hp twin-turbo V-8 as other Bentaygas, however it’s constructed on the long-wheelbase variant, which makes room for 22-way-adjustable rear seats with plenty of recline.
- The tri-tone leather-based is tanned utilizing a brand new course of that employs wastewater from olive urgent.
There seems to be no scarcity of demand on the ultra-high finish of the car market, which is protecting Bentley’s Mulliner customizing division loads busy of late. After its farewell to the W-12 engine, the $2.1 million Batur, and constructing 12 new copies of the of the pre-war Speed Six for the same worth, Mulliner has now turned to the guts of the lineup, making a extra upscale Bentayga SUV.
Proven at this time at The Quail, the place to be for all of the big-price-tag automakers through the Monterey Automotive Week festivities, is the $339,150 EWB Mulliner, now the most costly Bentayga.
Just a little Bentayga background: the ultra-lux SUV begins at $200,025, with the extended-wheelbase (EWB) variant that was added to the lineup for 2023 leaping to $229,625. This new top-spec Mulliner, which relies upon the long-wheelbase mannequin, leaps up one other $110K, roughly $60K greater than the Bentayga Velocity variant that was the earlier high canine, and in the identical neighborhood as the corporate’s Mulliner variants of the Continental GT coupe or convertible and Flying Spur sedan.
EWB means a wheelbase stretch of seven.1 inches, with all of that extra size going to create stretch-out area within the rear seat. So, naturally, the Mulliner Bentayga comes customary with the 22-way-adjustable rear seats—Bentley calls this the Airline Seat, a descriptor it appears to contemplate as extra constructive than we’d—which might be a $11,195 choice on the common EWB Bentayga. These outboard rear seats (when you should have the ability to match 5, there’s a center-seat choice) can recline to virtually 40 levels, complemented by a leather-trimmed footrest that folds out from the seat in entrance. The seats have each temperature and humidity sensors, that are used to find out whether or not to robotically apply warmth, air flow, or each concurrently. Additionally they periodically regulate to keep at bay fatigue. Take your footwear off, and your piggies will likely be dancing in 100-percent-wool flooring mats.
Tri-tone leather-based is unique to the Mulliner, with practically 4000 attainable mixtures of the primary coloration, secondary coloration, and accent coloration. And that leather-based, which Bentley calls Olive Tan, is made with a brand new course of that employs wastewater from olive urgent to create the tanning agent. This can be a additional nod to sustainability, as the corporate already touts it makes use of solely leather-based that’s clearly traceable to being a by-product of the meat business. Embroidery on the diamond-quilted seats matches purchaser’s chosen inside coloration combo, and the Mulliner additionally comes with an identical, three-color pouch for the important thing fob.
Different Mulliner bits embody a diamond-patterned grille and a singular design for the 22-inch wheels fitted with weighted middle caps that stay steadfastly upright. The powertrain is equivalent to a lot of the remainder of the lineup, a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 making the identical 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque and an eight-speed automated. The corporate claims the Mulliner is however a tenth of a second slower to 60 mph than the short-wheelbase Bentayga S, which we coaxed to 60 in 3.5 seconds.
The Mulliner Bentayga is accessible to order now, with deliveries beginning in early 2024.
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