Highlighting the options list for the Continental's sedan counterpart is a champagne bottle cooler mounted between the rear seats behind the armrest. The on-board mini-fridge fits two standard-size champagne bottles – no magnums, we're afraid – canted forward, as well as a stopper and a pair of flutes with bases designed to evoke the shape of the wheels outside. It all fits in behind frosted glass trimmed in chrome, just in case it wasn't blingy enough for the hip-hop set, and takes Bentley's craftsmen 15 hours to make. No wonder the company charges $10,135 for each one installed, which comes within a Bentley buyer's pocket change of a new Nissan Versa.
The manufacturer does not typically "disclose to the public prices for bespoke features," Bentley spokesperson Erin Bronner told Autoblog, "as these are private commissions" and pricing varies from region to region. But the options list, as you might have guessed, does not start and end with the wine cooler. It also includes specially painted veneer panels, quilted stitching, scent atomizers in Stirling silver, and a leather-trimmed storage compartment for jewelry.
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(Crewe, 01 February 2016) Mulliner, Bentley's in-house coach-building division, is revealing its latest range of bespoke creations for the Flying Spur, enabling customers to personalise the four-door luxury sedan to an even higher level.
For the first time, the Flying Spur can now be specified with a refrigerated bottle cooler between the rear seats, painted veneers, Mulliner quilted leather, sterling silver atomisers and hide-trimmed stowage boxes. This new range of personalisation options are but a few of the limitless possibilities a customer can find with Mulliner, and further enhance the Flying Spur's reputation for unparalleled luxury and refinement for both work and relaxation.
Available with either a 4.0-litre V8 or mighty 6.0-litre W12, the Flying Spur offers immense performance to complement its class-leading comfort and refinement.
Geoff Dowding, Director of Mulliner explains: "Mulliner offers customers the opportunity to personalise their car over and above the one million plus combinations already available to them. Creating bespoke features is about understanding our customer needs and requirements and the Flying Spur is a perfect outlet for us to interpret their ideas."
Mulliner Refrigerated Bottle Cooler
A luxuriously appointed refrigerated bottle cooler is now available in the Flying Spur for the first time. Rear-seat passengers will find storage for a champagne bottle in a canted position, a bottle stopper and two bespoke champagne flutes, all secreted behind frosted glass with bright chrome detailing.
The flutes – designed so that the base of the glasses mirror the design of Bentley wheels – can also be placed in specially designed flute holders in the centre console armrest, for secure storage between sips. When not in use, the bottle cooler and glasses can be stowed and concealed, with the fifth seating position reinstated.
Each refrigerated bottle cooler is made to order, hand built and trimmed in the Mulliner workshop in a process that takes highly skilled artisans 15 hours.
Bentley is bringing colour from its extended exterior paint range into the cabin, with a painted veneer finish unveiled for the first time on the Flying Spur.
The striking painted veneers offer an ultra-modern look that perfectly complements the wide range of interior hide options available.
Each veneer is carefully selected by Bentley's master craftspeople, before being mirror matched and applied to the substrate. The veneer is then hand sanded before it is lacquered, then paint is carefully applied to ensure a flawless finish. After painting, the veneer receives a final polish with lamb's wool to achieve a mirror like finish.
Sterling Silver Atomisers
Elegant and convenient, Mulliner has redesigned the doors of the Flying Spur to accommodate hallmarked silver atomisers. These sterling silver items can be used to spray a fine mist of water or perfume, delivering fragrance or refreshment for rear seat occupants.
Each atomiser is highly polished and housed in a dedicated compartment within the interior trim of the rear door, for discreet and secure storage when not in use.
Hide Trimmed Stowage Boxes
The centre console in the Flying Spur can now be specified with a hand-crafted rear stowage compartment. This luxurious yet convenient feature includes a watch holder and an area for the secure stowage of cufflinks, coins and the like.
Inside, Mulliner suggests the compartment is trimmed with an unexpected burst of colour – for example, Mandarin 'Hidden Delights' hide. Inspired by the tradition of Saville Row tailoring, this contrast colour showcases the extent of customer personalisation offered by Mulliner.
Mulliner Signature Quilting
Mulliner's Signature Quilt Pattern can also now be applied to the Flying Spur's centre console, creating a subtle yet eye-catching visual enhancement. The technically complex pattern can also be specified for the seat bolsters and door panels, for a luxurious and cosseting effect.
Mulliner – Rare by Design
Mulliner exists to respond to the requirements of Bentley's most discerning customers. The specialist division's Limited Editions reflect carefully chosen and inspirational themes. Individually these might have special significance for customers in specific markets, but what they all share is the highest standards of Mulliner craftsmanship – taking the concept of Bentley luxury and pushing it even further.
Mulliner Limited Editions are rare by design and, as a result, they all have the potential to become instant classics, desired by many but driven only by a fortunate few.
More information about Mulliner can be found at www.bentleymotors.com.