Bentley Creates Unique “Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner”
Company’s In-House Customization Arm Builds SUV for Falcon Enthusiasts
The 2017 Bentley Bentayga is known for a few things: being the fastest SUV ever (and one of the quickest), being the most expensive SUV ever (though not for long), and being the most excessive SUV ever (check out that somewhat silly optional Tourbillon dash clock that costs well into the six-figure range).
Now, Bentley can lay claim to one more superlative: the ultimate accessory for the falconry enthusiast, thanks to the Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner. That’s right. If your pockets are deep enough, Bentley’s in-house commissioning division will turn your $229,100 SUV into a rolling falcon roost.
In the luggage compartment, Mulliner fit the Bentayga with two large cases trimmed in cork fabric that contain all the accouterment for the sport. One case, called the master flight station, includes a drawer with bespoke storage for the tools and equipment required for falconry. The drawer is veneered in Bentley’s piano black, with the image of a saker falcon featured prominently. Beneath it is a leather-trimmed stowage tray, with space for bird hoods, gauntlets, a GPS bird-tracking device, and binoculars (all of which are available from Bentley, by the way).
The other unit—and the one we’re most interested in, honestly—is the refreshment case, which includes three metal flasks and durable cups. The refreshment case also houses a blanket and “refreshing face cloths,” for those hot summer falconry expeditions. Also included in the rear are two individual falcon perches, which can be stowed in a cork-trimmed hard pocket on the side of the flight station.
In addition to the luggage compartment’s special fittings, Mulliner also included a removable transportation perch and tether on the Bentayga’s center console. The piece de resistance of the cabin, however, is a beautiful, bespoke wood trim panel on the dashboard. The panel, which was made from 430 individual pieces of wood from around the world, features a soaring saker falcon, flying high over a desert scene. The panel took nine days to create, and Mulliner is quick to point out the division’s skills in marquetry, thanks to its master craftspeople.
Falconry was borne out of using trained birds of prey to hunt for their owners, called falconers. It’s an ancient form of hunting, and much like other similar pursuits, falconry has become something of a status symbol among the wealthy. As such, it makes perfect sense that Bentley would eventually receive a commission from one of its well-heeled customers seeking an appropriately posh transport for the sport.
Bentley doesn’t disclose the cost of its custom-commissioned Mulliner vehicles, but we can’t imagine the Bentayga Falconry was cheap. If we had enough cash, do you think Mulliner would build us a Bentayga for desert racing and taco runs?