Back in the autumn, Premier Magazine was fortunate enough to be able to spend a very pleasant morning visiting the beautiful, stately Cliveden House Hotel where one of two special limited-edition Bentley Bentayga Huntsman motor cars were waiting for us to drive.
Celebrating 100 years
These rare and distinctive vehicles are the result of the flagship Jack Barclay showroom, Bentley’s oldest retailer, teaming up with renowned Savile Row tailor Huntsman. The creative partnership is between two brands which both celebrate a centenary this year – Bentley Motors was founded in 1919, the very same year Huntsman established its Savile Row boutique.
Mayfair inspired style
The synergies run deeper still, with both Huntsman and the Jack Barclay Bentley showroom icons of London’s stylish Mayfair district, an epicentre of luxury and craftsmanship. Each of the Huntsman Bentley Bentaygas has been commissioned with Bentley’s bespoke Mulliner division, with buyers able to choose between ‘The Sportsman’ or ‘The Businessman’.
A touch of Gregory Peck
Both feature a distinctive Peck 62 tweed throughout the interior, which has been exclusively created in celebration of Huntsman’s Centenary year and inspired by an original Gregory Peck coat from the Huntsman archives. The inner door panel and front seat map pockets are overlaid with a carbon-fibre veneer. Buyers of both variants will also notice the bespoke Mulliner wooden chessboard in the rear seat rest, complete with a drawer trimmed in Huntsman fabric that houses the chess pieces.
On-board intellectual pursuit
The chessboard nicely mirrors the Jack Barclay showroom’s chequerboard floor, which has been in place since Jack Barclay moved to the site in 1953. Other touches include the Huntsman and Jack Barclay logos embroidered into each of the seat rests. ‘The Sportsman’ is geared more towards a relaxed countryside-pursuits feel, including imperial blue leather and liquid-amber veneer inserts, paired with a vibrant candy-red exterior. Meanwhile, ‘The Businessman’ has a much more urban feel, with a deep black anthracite satin finish to the lower half, and a contrasting anthracite gloss finish to the top half. The interior is crowned with dark beluga hide and carbon-fibre veneer inserts.
On the road
It drove, as you would expect, in the usual Bentayga effortless way, eating up the miles of pretty Berkshire countryside with near silent ease. But the 542bhp grunt from its 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 was easily summoned, as the 4.4 seconds 0-60 mph time are testament. An amazing performance for such a large, comfortable motor car.