British prestige automaker Bentley has added a falconry kit to the Bentayga’s list of options and accessories, boosting the SUV’s appeal among fans of the Middle Eastern sport of kings.
Created by Bentley’s Mulliner bespoke division, the kit is designed for a perfect fit in the Bentayga’s cargo area and is crafted from “luxurious and sustainable” cork fabric. It even includes an in-car perch so falconers may prepare their birds in comfort and shade.
Cork fabric is an all-new material for Bentley, composed of thin sheets of sustainably harvested cork the automaker says is suited to harsh, rugged environments, thanks to its extreme durability.
Included with every Bentayga Falconry model are a master flight station and a refreshment case that sit on a movable tray for easy access. Stowage is provided for all of the kit required for what Bentley calls a “unique” sport.
Naturally, this being a vehicle for the well-heeled, even the options have options. In this case, the falconry kit can be augmented with a GPS bird-tracking unit, binoculars, and hand-crafted leather bird hoods and gauntlets.
Speaking of hand-crafted goodness, the Bentayga Falconry’s also includes a dashboard applique showing a “sweeping” desert scene created from 430 pieces of wood “sourced from all over the world” that takes Mulliner’s marquetry experts nine days to assemble.
Depicted in the scene is a saker falcon, which Bentley says can cost as much as a million bucks to buy, presumably from a respected breeder.
Lest you think a falconry option is over-the-top even for a brand like Bentley, Mulliner director Geoff Dowding said with falconry being regarded as the “sport of kings” in the Middle East, “it was vital the kit we created was as luxurious as it was practical and durable to appeal to our valued” – read: insanely wealthy – “customers there and around the world.”