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Bentley aims its latest bespoke Bentayga SUV at sports shooters

on November 24 2017 | in Industry news, Latest news | by | with Comments Off

Luxury British marque Bentley has revealed the latest version of its Bentayga SUV – a customised model especially for sports shooters.

It’s called the Field Sports and it has been co-developed with shotgun specialist Purdey. It follows two other lifestyle-focused models, Bentayga Fly Fishing and Bantayga Falconry. The Falconry of course is aimed mostly at markets like Saudi Arabia, where falconry is known as the ‘sport of kings.’

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Each specialised Bentayga is tailor-made at considerable cost by Bentley’s coachbuilding arm, Mulliner. Bentley hasn’t revealed the price of the Field Sports, but the Bentayga Falconry, for example, costs NZ$145,000 over the recommended retail price (RRP).

In New Zealand that’s $285,000 for the 4.0-litre diesel and $350,000 for the V12 petrol. New Zealanders who like the idea of a bespoke Field Sports with a Purdey shotgun, for instance, can expect to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars over the RRP – a double-barrel Purdey alone starts at around $NZ200,000.

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They would have to wait a while for such a package, too – handcrafting a Purdey can take two years. Bentley says the partnership with the shotgun maker is “a perfect fit”, thanks to the two British firms sharing a “passion for painstaking attention to detail and exquisite craftsmanship”.

The Field Sports has a humidor, a twin-compartment stowage unit in the luggage area, and an additional storage cubby between the rear seats for two shotguns.

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Mulliner is Bentley speak for ‘whatever you want, made of whatever you want.’ The Bentaygo Fly Fishing comes with:

• Four rods stored in special tubes trimmed in saddle leather with linen cross-stitching and located on the underside of the parcel shelf.

• A pair of landing nets in matching leather bags stored in a carpet-trimmed hard pocket built into the side of the boot.

• Three individual, saddle-leather-trimmed units: a master tackle station; a refreshment case; and waterproof wader-stowage trunk. Inside the master tackle unit is a special Burr Walnut veneered drawer containing a fly-tying vice and tools, as well as a selection of cotton, hooks and feathers.

• Beneath this are aluminum reel cases trimmed in saddle leather with a linen cross-stitching. The interior of the refreshment case is trimmed in linen leather, and contains up to three metal flasks and a set of Mulliner fine-china tableware, as well as a separate food storage compartment. The case can also be removed and used as seating.

• Waders and boots are conveniently stowed in a handcrafted wood trunk, wrapped in saddle leather. It is lined with a waterproof neoprene.

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The Bentayga Falconry (below) is fitted with a perch between the front seats. Inside the boot are two compartments – a flight station, which sits behind a second, artificially-turfed perch, and a case for refreshments.

The flight station houses a GPS bird-tracking unit, binoculars, handcrafted leather bird hoods and gauntlets, tracking antennas and various tools and tethers. A blanket, facecloths and three metal flasks are housed inside the refreshment case.

The dashboard boasts a handcrafted desert scene took nine days and 430 individual pieces of wood to craft. It features a native Saker falcon.

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