IT HASN'T BEEN LONG SINCE Bentley introduced the Bentayga, a vehicle that simultaneously claimed the titles of the world’s fastest and world’s most expensive awards-show shuttle, er, SUV.
As if to remind us that the vehicle is, indeed, designed for off-road adventures and not merely trips between country estates, Bentley has just announced a special edition, simply called Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner, after the marque’s in-house custom shop. In this vehicle, one is supposed to elegantly catch trout.
To that end, four fly rods are housed in tubes of linen-stitched saddle leather and concealed under the cargo cover, below which are three cases of burr walnut and saddle. The first is the master tackle station, for the cradling of reels, drakes, vises, and presumably tippets. Next to it is waterproof trunk for the storage of waders and other wet gear; separate leather cases are provided for the stowage of landing nets. A third case is for refreshment, securing Mulliner fine china, “up to three metal flasks”, and a food storage compartment — though one should take care not to confuse the Beluga with the bait. This case can be removed and used for seating, which is particularly handy when putting on waders. Should one land a prize brown or rainbow, the gutting thereof can be handled cleanly on integrated sill-protection covers, with any malodourousness eliminated by an electronic dehumidifier.
In this vehicle, one is supposed to elegantly catch trout.
This is not the first vehicle specifically outfitted for sport, of course. Land Rover’s catalogue is thick with special editions, including the Holland & Holland Range Rover, which, should you prefer to be more aggressive in procuring dinner, includes a pair of shotguns. More prosaically, fly fishing company Orvis branded an Orvis Edition Jeep Grand Cherokee, and (more inevitably) LL Bean added their duckboot aesthetic to Subaru’s Outback and Forester. Custom picnic baskets and bars are available for all manner of Bentleys and Rolls-Royces.
Still, the Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner is marvelous piece of design and craftsmanship, and we applaud the thought that went into making it — even if taking a quarter-million-dollar (before the clock) luxury SUV down a bramble-enshrouded streamside road is literally unthinkable.
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