Get ready for a little bit of fantasy – who knows, you may win the lotto
Bentley is not exactly a car brand of the people; it’s more like the car you drive in heaven. Restrictively expensive and the choice of royalty and well-heeled rappers alike, us commoners can only look on in envy at the way so much cash can so quickly be blown.
Not least on the accessories. Take the brand’s less-than-subtle SUV – called the Bentayga – which is the current darling of the super-rich for collecting the children from our nation’s finest private schools.
You need at least $335,000 to buy a Bentayga (although the 12-cylinder version is the preferred choice for up to $435,000), but it’s so very simple to spend more.
The model famously had a $300,000 built-in gold and diamond Breitling clock on the options list last year, while this year
Bentley is tapping in to the desires of the more sporting buyer.
No, not with a branded boot bin for your footy gear, but a bespoke installation in the rear which houses all the equipment needed for an “enjoyable falconry expedition”.
Keeping it real there, Bentley. The ultimate in-car falconry kit. Called the Bentley Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner, it’s ideal for taking your falcons (birds, not Fords) out into the desert to stretch their wings.
Housed in the boot are two individual natural-corkfabric-trimmed units, one a “master flight station” and the other a refreshment case. For the XXXX Gold, presumably.
There are individual compartments for all your key falconry gear. You know, the GPS bird tracking unit, binoculars and hand-crafted leather hoods and gauntlets.
The driver is also rather spoilt as this special Bentayga’s cabin features artistic decoration inlaid in the dashboard’s wood panelling.
This artistry is called marquetry (you probably knew that already), where 430 individual pieces of wood sourced from over the world have been hand-crafted (over nine days apparently) to create a sweeping desert scene in your dash.
Geoff Dowding, director of Mulliner, said: “Falconry is regarded as the sport of kings in the Middle East, so it was vital that the kit we created was as luxurious as it was practical and durable to appeal to our valued customers there and around the world”.
A price for the Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner hasn’t been released (if you’ve gotta ask, etc.) and as we Australians haven’t as much of a passion for falconry as our Middle Eastern cousins, we’re unlikely to see one pull up at the local sand dunes.
So let’s just enjoy the wonderful way the super rich can treat themselves.
Thought the car was expensive? Your hobby can still cost more than the Bentayga. A saker falcon, as depicted in the wooden dashboard art, can cost up to a million dollars for an exceptional example.
Maybe it’s best we Aussies stick to club cricket and a good ol’ Holden Commodore wagon.