How many Bentley Bentayga owners would use it to go fishing? Enough of them for Bentley and its coachbuilding division to create the Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise. Last year, a Bentley rep told our sister site, Teamspeed, that the company expected Bentayga owners to take their vehicles to equestrian events, hunting grounds, and snow and marine sports.
As its name implies, the Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner is ready for riverside recreation – Bentley style. It comes with four rods inside Saddle-leather-trimmed tubes and two nets with their own leather bags stored in a bespoke hard container. Sliding out a tray provides easy access to a leather-trimmed box that contains room for food, three metal flasks, and fine china, as well as a tackle station. According to Bentley, “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 four machined-from-solid aluminium reel cases trimmed in Saddle leather with a Linen cross-stitching.”
There’s also room for storing waders and boots. Those go inside a hand-crafted wood trunk that’s wrapped in Saddle leather and lined with neoprene.
A waterproof rear floor and rear sill protectors keep the Bentayga looking its best; an electronic dehumidifier keeps its cargo area fresh and dry.
When the fish are no longer biting, the tackle station, refreshment case, and wader storage trunk can be removed to make room for other types of cargo.
It’s likely that many Bentaygas are being used as “mall-crawlers,” but it’s good to see that Bentley is willing to equip them – however lavishly – to be used as what they are underneath their rich paint, supple leather, and gleaming wood trim: SUVs.