One for the birds: Bentley's SUV with luxury falconry kit
BENTLEY is not exactly a car brand of the people.
Restrictively expensive and the choice of royalty and well-heeled rappers alike, us commoners can only look on in envy at the way so much cash can so quickly be blown.
Not least on the accessories. Bentley's Bentayga SUV famously had a $300,000 built-in gold and diamond Breitling clock on the options list last year, but what about for the more sporting buyer?
No, not a branded boot bin for your footy gear but a bespoke installation in the rear which houses all the equipment needed for an "enjoyable falconry expedition."
Keeping it real there, Bentley. The ultimate in-car falconry kit.
Called the Bentley Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner, it's ideal for taking your falcons (birds, not Fords) out into the desert to stretch their wings.
There are two individual natural-cork-fabric-trimmed units: one a "master flight station" and the other a refreshment case. For the XXXX Gold, presumably.
There are individual compartments for your key falconry gear. You know, the GPS bird tracking unit, binoculars and hand-crafted leather hoods and gauntlets.
This key falconry gear doesn't come with the Falconry by Mulliner Bentayga by the way. You have to pay additional for them, so let's hope the birdies' leather hats are at the very least embossed with a Bentley logo.
The pampered feathered fliers have two individual perches stored in a trimmed case, while there's a rear sill protection cover so the birds can be prepared in comfort and shade. Little divas that they are.
Now for the artistic decoration inlaid in the Bentley's wood panel. This artisanry is called marquetry (you probably knew that already), where 430 individual pieces of wood sourced from over the world have been hand-crafted (over nine days apparently) to create a sweeping desert scene in your dash.
Geoff Dowding, Director of Mulliner, said: "Falconry is regarded as the sport of kings in the Middle East, so it was vital that the kit we created was as luxurious as it was practical and durable to appeal to our valued customers there and around the world."
A price for the Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner hasn't been released (if you've gotta ask, etc.) but in Australia it already costs $335,000 for the non-Falconry diesel version and $427,300 the proper 6.0-litre W12 version, again sans Falconry.
But guess what? Your hobby can still cost more than the Bentayga. A saker falcon, as depicted in your wooden dashboard art, can cost up to a million dollars for an exceptional example.
Maybe it's best to stick to club cricket and a Commodore wagon.