Long-named Bentley is the ultimate angling accessory
Imagine turning up at the Tongariro River in this. It's the ultimate vehicle for wealthy motorists with a love of the great outdoors - the world's most expensive SUV, specially kitted-out to go fly fishing.
The vehicle is the Bentley Bentayga, which has just gone on sale in New Zealand priced from $398,000, and the special model is the Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner, which is fitted with all the equipment necessary for a successful day on the river or lake.
And we mean ALL the equipment, specially hand-crafted by Mulliner, which is Bentley's bespoke coachbuilding division.
Four fishing rods are stored in special tubes trimmed in leather with linen cross-stitching and located on the underside of the parcel shelf. A pair of landing nets in matching leather bags are stored in a bespoke, carpet-trimmed hard pocket built into the side of the boot.
At the heart of it all are three individual, leather-trimmed units: a master tackle station; a refreshment case; and a waterproof wader-stowage trunk.
The master tackle station and refreshment case sit on a sliding tray that allows for easy access. 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 aluminium reel cases trimmed in leather with linen cross-stitching.
The interior of the refreshment case is trimmed in linen leather, and contains up to three metal flasks and a set of Mulliner fine-china tableware, as well as a separate food storage compartment. With a quilted leather finish on top, it can also be removed entirely and used as additional seating.
Waders and boots are conveniently stowed in a hand-crafted leather-wrapped wood trunk, lined with hard-wearing neoprene material to keep the items in a waterproof environment after use.
Of course, all three units can be removed from the Bentayga's boot whenever maximum luggage space is required.
Waterproof boot-floor and rear-sill-protection covers are discreetly integrated into the rear of the Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner, as is an electronic dehumidifier unit to ensure the area remains fresh and dry.
For the first time with Bentayga, Mulliner 'Welcome Lights' are also featured. These are built into the underside of the doors and project the Bentley and Mulliner logos on to the ground when the doors are opened.
Mulliner director Geoff Dowding describes the vehicle as the ultimate angling accessory.
"Fly fishing is a sport that requires a variety of equipment and clothing, so it was essential to package the rods, reels, waders, boots and fly-tying station into the car in a luxurious, accessible and elegant way – and the end result is truly extraordinary."