China can’t get enough exclusive hyper-luxury cars on its hands, and Crewe is more than happy to serve them.
At this year’s Beijing Auto Show, it will showcase the Mulsanne First Edition, which is based on the facelifted saloon we saw recently in Geneva and will be manufactured in just 50 units.
Available in all three versions, that is the regular Mulsanne, the Speed and the Extended Wheelbase, it sports a “specially” engraved Flying B bonnet ornament, a champagne cooler, British flag-inspired embroidery on the headrests, special trade plates and a sterling silver vanity kit. Created by Asprey of London, it is inlaid in the rear picnic table and includes a vanity mirror, hair brush and comb.
Those less (or could it be more?) vain might consider the EWB that features a veneer made out of a 350-year-old English walnut tree acquired at an undisclosed price at an auction. So, apart from traveling in extra comfort thanks to the 250 mm of extra rear legroom, customers can bask in having a historical plank in their First Edition instead of the Antique Ash of the rest.
Veneer is the main thing in the one-off Bentayga that’s been created by Mulliner. Bentley’s bespoke division has been enlisted to put together 30 individual pieces from 10 different veneers for “a vivid, detailed mountainscape picture”.
What will bring in the numbers as far as sales are concerned is the Flying Spur V8 S that is making its debut in the Chinese market. With 528 PS from the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V8, it does the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint in just 4.6 seconds and tops out at 190 mph (306 km/h). This one could very possibly be the peach in the Spur’s range, slotting in nicely between the V8 and the W12.