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Bentley’s New $300,000 Fishing SUV is Off the Hook

Specialty Cars Reach New Rich-Man Heights

BY Jim Shi // 07.26.16
photography James Lipman

Hook, line, and sinker.

Bentley has created the ultimate accessory for the high-flying nature-loving vacationer: a $100,000 fly-fishing kit. The luxury carmaker’s in-house customization crew, Mulliner, designed the kit, which is available on the $230,000 Bentayga, Bentley’s first sport-utility vehicle. The system includes rod holders, a portable fly-making shop, and cabinetry to hold tea and your gear.

The Bentayga Fly Fishing, as it’s called, is crafted with a waterproof wooden frame swaddled in saddle leather and hand stitched with linen. There’s also a layer of neoprene to keep out liquid and odors — because no one wants a musky Bentley. It took the coach-building division’s craftsmen three months to perfect the kit, which is nothing short of exquisite. 

“The Bentayga Fly Fishing car showcases the breadth and level of detail a customer can expect from Mulliner,” says Geoff Dowding, director of the design concern. “This is an individual bespoke solution and our skilled craftspeople can design elegant and exquisitely executed bespoke solutions to complement any customer lifestyle or hobby.”

Four rods are stored in special tubes trimmed in saddle leather with linen cross-stitching located on the underside of the parcel shelf. A pair of landing nets in matching leather bags are stored in a carpet-trimmed hard pocket built into the side of the boot.

Your entire fishing trip is stored here.
Your entire fishing trip is stored here.

At the heart of the vehicle are three saddle leather-trimmed units: a master tackle station; a refreshment case; and waterproof wader-stowage trunk. The master tackle station and refreshment case sit on a sliding tray, which allows for easy access. Inside the master tackle unit is a burr walnut-veneered drawer containing a fly-tying vise and tools. The interior of the refreshment case is trimmed in linen leather, and can accommodate as many as three metal flasks and a set of Mulliner fine-china tableware, as well as a separate and removable (use it as outdoor seating!) food-storage compartment. 

Waders and boots are stowed in a saddle-leather-wrapped wood trunk, lined with neoprene material to keep the items in a waterproof environment. Waterproof boot-floor and rear sill-protection covers —as well as an electronic dehumidifier unit to keep the area fresh and dry — are also discreetly integrated into this Bentayga edition

Of course, all three units can be removed from the Bentayga’s boot whenever maximum luggage space is required.

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