Choosing a birthday present for someone you care about can be tough, especially when they turn a decently round number. Spare a thought then for Bentley then when Brussel’s Motorshow turned 100 this year. Just what do you get for a Motorshow that has it all? Luckily though Bentley had a couple of very special things up their sleeves.
Bentley used the auspicious nature of Brussel’s Motorshow big anniversary to showcase two of their latest models, the Bentley Bentayga EWB Azure First Edition and the Flying Spur Mulliner Hybrid.
The Bentayga EWB Azure First Edition was the first of the two models to take centre stage at the event and it made quite an impact. Helping the car stand out from the crowd is a unique shade of Cumbrian Green and features an open-pore Dark Burr Walnut dashboard and complementing Linen and Cumbrian Green interior. The extended wheelbase model, which is extended by 180mm helps give it a larger cabin space than any luxury competitor. The optional Airline Seat Specification includes world-first auto climate sensing and advanced postural adjustment systems. In Relax mode, the seat can recline 40 degrees, while fine sewing threads create Bentley’s softest lofted quilt to date. The First Edition model also includes individual handcrafted stitching, embroidery and badging, polished 22” Five Spoke Directional Wheels, LED welcome lights, and Bentley Diamond Illumination – providing stunning cabin lighting through the handcrafted leather itself.
The second model on display at the event was the Flying Spur Mulliner Hybrid. The car was painted in the stunning Barnato Green, a shade that was originally called Racing Green but was renamed in 2003 in honor of Woolf Barnato, a Britsh racing car driver, financer and one of the original Bentley Boys. The distinctive color scheme is complemented by 22-inch Ten Spoke Sports Wheels, finished in Pale Brodgar Satin. A luxurious interior includes a High-Gloss carbon fibre finish instead of wood veneer panels, adding a contemporary, technical and sporty feel to the cabin. A special optic resin process enhances the 3D appearance of the carbon fibre weave. The car’s Colour Split D in Burnt Oak trim features the finest soft-touch leather, gracing virtually every surface that isn’t wood or metal.
The Flying Spur Mulliner Hybrid is the most efficient Bentley ever and represents another step on the company’s journey to becoming a leader in sustainable luxury mobility. The hybrid has the lowest emissions of any Bentley in history, at 75g of CO2 per kilometer (WLTP). The electrified grand tourer offers a combined range of 805km, and 41km in pure electric drive (WLTP). The new powertrain delivers the renowned luxury and performance of a Flying Spur without compromise, combining the power of a 536 bhp (544 PS) and 750 Nm (533 lb.ft) 2.9-litre petrol engine with an advanced electric motor. The Hybrid joins the Flying Spur family alongside the V8, W12 and Mulliner models.
The presence of these two models at the Brussels Motor Show was a clear indication of the company’s commitment to deliver the ultimate luxury driving experience. The Bentayga EWB Azure First Edition and the Flying Spur Mulliner Hybrid are both masterpieces of engineering, design, and craftsmanship. Happy Birthday Brussel’s Motorshow!