The All-New Renault Koleos: Out Of The Ordinary


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The all-new Renault Koleos is an SUV to meet the demands of customers on every continent and will make its global sales debut on Australian shores from 1 August 2016.

“The all-new Koleos is an extremely important model for us,” said Renault Australia Managing Director, Mr. Justin Hocevar. “The new model is vastly different from anything we have offered in Australia.

“We are the first market to sell the all-new Koleos and performed local pre-series testing. Coupled with the vehicle’s outstanding specification levels and value for money, this demonstrates not only how important the Koleos is for Australia but also Renault’s global commitment to this market and our region.”

The all-new Koleos will be the flagship of Renault’s range in Australia and brings a number of new safety technologies, specifications and all-new styling.

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Three variants will be available: Life, Zen and Intens. This brings Australian vehicles in-line with global nomenclature. All have a 2.5 litre engine delivering 126kW at 6000rpm and 226Nm of torque at 4400rpm, coupled with a re-engineered CVT (Xtronic) to provide smooth and dynamic driving. 

Outside, the new Koleos has taut, powerful, muscular lines. It is instantly recognisable as a Renault flagship, echoing the styling cues of Renault’s prestige sedan, the Talisman.

Inside, the Koleos features a refined, comfortable interior and ambient cabin lighting that can be customised to suit the driver’s mood. The new R-LINK2 system has a seven inch touch screen in the Life and Zen models. In the Intens model, this is replaced by a portrait 8.7 inch screen, offering the same tactile functions as a tablet.

The all-new Koleos has an engaging and elevated driving position. This allows excellent visibility, while the wide centre console enhances the sensation of spacious comfort for both driver and front passenger. In the rear, the Koleos boasts class-leading cabin space, including 289mm of rear knee room.

Specifications for the all-new Koleos are detailed below.

Life variant

  • 2.5L petrol engine delivering 126kW @ 6000 rpm and 226Nm torque @ 4400 rpm and CVT
  • 4X2 driven wheels
  • Fuel consumption of 8.1 litres per 100km (combined cycle) and 188g CO2/km
  • Maximum towing capacity of 2,000kg (braked)
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control air conditioning
  • Automatic dusk-sensing headlights
  • Automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor
  • Front and rear fog lights (front with cornering function)
  • LED taillights
  • 17 inch alloys with a full sized temporary spare wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • RLINK2 Multimedia system with landscape 7 inch capacitive touch screen, AUX, 2 x USB and fingertip controls
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Cloth upholstery

The Zen variant adds:

  • 4X2 or 4X4 driven wheels
  • 4X4 fuel consumption of 8.3 litre per 100km (combined cycle) and 192g CO2/km  
  • Automatic electronic parking brake
  • Electric adjustable driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Keyless entry with automatic walk-away door locking
  • RLINK2 navigation and multimedia system with voice control and custom home screens
  • Soft touch artificial leather upholstery
  • Rear privacy glass
  • 18 inch alloy wheels
  • Optional electric panoramic sunroof
  • Optional safety pack (Advanced Emergency Braking, Blind Sport Warning, Forward Collision Warning)

The Intens variant adds:

  • 4X4 driven wheels
  • Remote engine start
  • Pure vision LED headlights
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS) – Interurban
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Easy Park Assist (parking assistance system)
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • RLINK2 with portrait 8.7 inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Full grain leather upholstery with heated and ventilated front seats
  • Interior ambient cabin lighting
  • Bose audio system with 12 speakers, subwoofer and digital amplifier
  • Electric panoramic sunroof

Manufacturer’s List Price for the all-new Renault Koleos


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40 years of Golf GTI

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Celebrates the 40th anniversary of the iconic Golf GTI

The most powerful production GTI to date with 195kW of engine power

New boost function increases output to 213kW

Distinctive body styling package provides increased downforce

Exclusive interior appointments enhance the premium sports theme

Volkswagen Australia announces the 40th anniversary edition of the Golf GTI: the Golf GTI 40 Years. This exclusive model is available in limited numbers and offers a premium package over the existing Mark 7 GTI.

The Golf GTI 40 Years has impeccable performance credentials. It is the most powerful production GTI to date, with an engine output of 195kW. A new boost function sends power up to 213kW with 380Nm of torque upon full ‘kick down’ of the acceleration for around 10 seconds each time.

The Golf GTI 40 Years incorporates the best technical features of the earlier Golf GTI Performance model, including: larger brakes, sophisticated front differential lock, 19” alloy wheels with a unique design, and adaptive chassis control. The bar is further raised with a host of distinctive offerings.

A unique and purposeful styling treatment simultaneously upholds the Golf GTI’s legacy and sets the 40 Year model apart. A bespoke body kit including a new front bumper with larger air intakes and a two-piece rear roof spoiler gives the GTI an aggressive stance on the road and significantly increases downforce.

Meanwhile, a black side stripe on the body and the choice of a traditional tornado red and pure white paint exterior pay tribute to the original GTI. The interior conveys a premium sports quality, with unique anniversary ‘honeycomb’ seat upholstery (featuring the GTI logo) and decorative inlays as well as an Alcantaracovered steering wheel and door trim inserts.
Highlights include:

· Choice of gloss paint finishes with a contrasting black roof or Metallic paint finish

· Black door mirrors

· Revised rear bumper with new diffusor

· Large diameter exhaust tailpipes, left and right

· Darkened LED tail lights, reminiscent of the Golf R

· Extended side sills

· Traditional GTI-themed red stitching on wheel, seat belts and floor mats

· Front door sill strips with new GTI emblem

· Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

· Front Assist with City Emergency Brake (City EB)

· Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert

This comprehensive equipment package adds a retail price premium of only $2,500 to the Golf GTI Performance model when paired with the six-speed DSG transmission, with a recommended retail price of $48,990. However, unlike the Golf GTI Performance, the Golf GTI 40 Years will also be available with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. The manual variant of the high performancetuned GTI is $46,990. It arrives shortly.

With such a high level of standard equipment, the only option is a panoramic electric glass sunroof for $1,850 RRP.

It is incredible value for an extremely compelling premium performance package.

Honda Engine Chief Yasuhide Sakamoto gives an insight into NSX Development

Engine chief Yasuhide Sakamoto gives an insight into NSX development


LISBON, Portugal, 26, Jul., 2016 — The highs of IndyCar, a V10 sports car engine that never saw the light of day and a chance to work on the rebirth of a legend: Yasuhide Sakamoto has had a long and illustrious career working on some of the most exciting Honda powertrain projects of the Past 20 years.

As European media get their first chance to drive the new NSX, Sakamoto-san gave an insight into his work.

Q: Can you give a summary about your career background before working on the NSX project?

A: “I have been very privileged to work on a number of great projects during my career. For the first 17 years with Honda, I worked on the development of mass production powertrains, including V6 engines.

Between 2000 and 2007, I worked on the development of Honda’s Indycar program. During my time working on this series with colleagues from Ilmor, we became the dominant engine supplier in the series.

I returned to Japan in 2007 to begin work on a V10 powertrain that was to be used by a Honda sports car that never made it to market. My next role returned me to my roots in mainstream mass-production cars, taking on the role as assistant large project leader responsible for powertrain development on the 2013 Accord.

Since 2012, I’ve returned to performance development, working on this exciting NSX project. I am so happy that I have been part of the team that has made this car a reality.”

Q: This is one of the first global development projects Honda has undertaken. How has this been different from other projects you have worked on?

A: “Joint development projects between Japanese and American colleagues are actually not that uncommon in Honda. Minor change vehicle developments, where we optimise an existing design happen quite regularly.

NSX was different as we developed a new power unit from the ground up in parallel with the chassis. The aggressive development timeline and coordination between US and Japanese colleagues made this a very ambitious project.”

Q: What were the reasons you opted for such a cutting edge power unit rather than a more traditional powertrain?

A: “The powertrain that we decided to use is an expression of the feeling we want the driver to have and the Engine chief Yasuhide Sakamoto gives an insight into NSX developmentperformance targets we wanted to achieve.

During the development of the previous V10 sports car project, we had different development goals. But with the new NSX we wanted to achieve this feeling of instantaneous response. This feeling is not possible without the cutting edge power plant we have developed.”

Q: Did you have any exchange of information with Honda’s racing teams during the development of the power unit?

A: “While there has been no official link between the NSX development and Honda’s racing teams, many of the associates have extensive experience of racing. Therefore they have this same spirit and hunger to achieve a high-level performance.

During the course of the project, many members of the NSX team moved over to Formula 1 engine development. Using their experience of developing the NSX power plant, they have been instrumental in Honda’s re-entry into Formula 1.

This process of job rotation has meant that the development of NSX has acted like an incubator for new ideas and creativity, spreading throughout the Honda business.”

Q: How do you see this platform developing over time? What’s your image for a future version of the NSX?

A: “Basically we believe there are two directions for future developments. One path is to increase the power of the combustion engine. The other is to possible reduce the reliance on the combustion engine and increase the amount of power derived from the electric elements. At the moment, we are not sure which the best way is so we are investigating both avenues.

Now that NSX is in the hands of journalists and owners, I look forward to hearing their thoughts about which direction we should take. This feedback will be central in helping the team decide the best step forward.”

Q: What race series would you like to see NSX compete in?

A: “I have a strong affinity with endurance racing generally and would love to watch this new NSX battling on track at Le Mans in the GT class sometime soon.”

Lexus RC 200t: Perfection free of fuel bill shock

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I love both the RC 350 (read about it here), and the RCF (read the launch here, and the full review here) but even the silky 8 speed auto can only do so much for a smooth but thirsty V6 and V8 engines. Enter the brand spankers eco-friendly 180kw 2.0L turbo.

Outside it looks as sexy and muscular as the butcher V6 and V8 siblings. Inside, the feel is of the same elite club lounge with its art deco analogue clock looking so classy and refined. The instruments look like the bespoke home entertainment system of a luxury man-cave for the kind of guy who wants to spoil himself without looking like a flash git.

The 4 cylinder entry to the world of luxury 2 door Lexus’ing has never felt less poverty stricken. However, rather unforgivably, there are no auto-wipers, and an even greater transgression is the lack of Apple Carplay which is positively contemptable. At least you can opt to pay more to get a fully loaded F Sport Luxury where you might not notice the lack of CarPlay.

The centre 7” LCD is where most of the infotainment action happens. Input is via the laptop-style touch pad between the front seats. It’s far too pernickety and I’d much rather a touch screen. There is a second smaller LCD between the driver’s dials for driving info. At first it feels a bit finicky but familiarity would make use a little less like guesswork.

Since the cabin is the same as the RC350, I’ll keep more to the drive comments. If you want to read about either the RCF or RC350, the links are above.

If you thought the entry level Lexus coupe might feel low-brow you’d be dead wrong. The audio system is excellent with deep rich tones and lots of volume. The Levinson system is worth the extra pain.

One thing Lexus does well is lowering cabin noise to a whisper, so the coupe is eerily quiet. We spent most of the week in town. You do a lot of time sitting in the car doing no more than 20kph but the occasional sprint makes the RC feel far more powerful than the figures suggest.

On a side note, I stopped in my not-so-local Motor cycle shop. I was selecting my future two wheeled travel companion and one of the big tough sales staff said, “we thought the bloke driving a car like that would have plenty of money. It’s a beauty.” People notice the RC and they think it is very expensive. When asked if they think it costs more or less than a Mercedes, they say it is.

Some say a Grand Tourer must have an engine the size of a small moon. They also say the power output must rival a sun, and be able to propel you to 100kph shortly before you press the accelerator. What utter rubbish. Surely a GT should be able to cross continents in comfort with that being the only criterion. If a canny driver choses economy over raw power, who is to say he is wrong? Why pay for a huge engine you’ll never get to use? The 200t 4cylinder turbo is fast becoming Lexus’ best seller and has been the missing link Lexus so dearly needed. The 180kw/350Nm engine is no slouch and claims a 7.3 L/100k economy figure. Lexus want you to use 95ron fuel, but when you open the flap to top-up, the sticker says E10 compatible. They say if you don’t use 95ron, performance and economy may suffer. Well, here’s the kicker: E10 is 95ron. Ethanol gives you more bang for your buck and there is no evidence that E10 makes a car perform worse in any way.

It was almost time to part ways and we couldn’t do that without doing the obligatory country run.

We took a longer drive along the M5, through Macquarie Pass in the Southern Highlands, then back via the Royal National Park back to Sydney. The scenery is postcard tourist stuff. The highway is not so interesting because its top priority to get you places fast, not to admire the pretty scenery and stop for scones and tea. The set-and-forget cruise control does a reasonable job of keeping the speed and slows down when the radar detects slower vehicles. Unlike Lexus’ RX450h we drove a few weeks ago, the RC cruise control switches off at around 30kph. It gives a beep as it does so but then you’re on your own, so you had better be ready for it. A Lexus should take you to zero kph, then pause to shine your slip-ons. I thought this slightly disappointing.

As we turned off the highway to head into bucolic Bowral, the RC seemed to switch from GT mode to urban cruiser with no action needed by the driver. I don’t mean some mechanical magic took place, rather that the RC is perfectly suited to anything you’d throw at it.

We didn’t stop in the unofficial capital of the Southern Highlands because there were corners to be had at warp 4.

The country roads, with their gentle bends and sweeping views, make a Sunday drive a pleasure.

You then become aware that you’ve started to descend. With no other cars around, you can let loose the dogs of pleasure where fun will ensue. The chassis has 3 settings to change the suspension, throttle and gearbox. Here is where the RC shows its worth. Moving the selector knob to Sport Mode makes everything come over all sharp and responsive instead of the easygoing and soft personality she shows on the open road. The suspension still feels luxurious with excellent ride, but feels as if it psychically firms up in the tight bends.

The steering switches direction leaving the 8speed auto to read your mind so it stays in the right gear. Normally a conventional auto is caught out in the wrong gear when cornering. Not the Lexus. It holds a gear to keep the twin-scroll turbo spinning. It keeps all that power and torque on tap when you need it. Sharp corners with dips add to the excitement rather than add a note of panic. The body roll is negligible as you turn faster and faster. As you switch quickly from right to left, the body stays flat as it hunkers down super-car-style. You only need the occasional dab of brake before you’re back on the throttle. For a GT with a small engine the RC200t certainly feels like a sports car.

I arrived at the bottom of the pass emerging into the deep green fields of the valley with a somewhat heavy heart. It’s a long way from Sydney to Mac Pass so not to go back for a second round of corners would be criminal, right?

After the shenanigans of a second run, we stopped at the Albion Park Rail pub to replenish our resources. Lunch and bevvy safely downed, we set off for the remainder of the afternoon. A half an hour later we were taking on the Royal National Park which usually feels like a thorough workout, but not this time. After Mac Pass, the park feels like the tame cousin.

The Lexus was thrilling but not in the eager-lap-dog kind of way a Toyota 86 is. Much of the 86’s immediacy is absent leaving the driver to be as adventurous as he feels able to cope with.

Importantly, none of the fun is missing. You don’t need a massive throbber to propel you at near SciFi speeds round near vertical corners. People say they want to be smacked in the face every time they get behind the wheel, but that kind of vehicle is very wearing on the nerves. Rattling your teeth loose on urban tarmac is horrible too.

The trade-off is that you can be on a track with confidence when a car has rock hard suspension, but that never happens because so few ever go near a track. I can name on one hand the number of non-journalists I know who have ever been to a track let alone driven on one. I suspect the size of the engine and the name on the badge has more to do with self-worth than performance. What do you think?

What people want and what they need can be very different. That’s one of the reasons a long test drive should be taken before signing your life away.


The 200t is good looking with a classy cabin, and like most Lexus models, has a range of grades. The grade doesn’t greatly affect the look or the drive, but the extra gadgets like auto wipers and lane warning are nice to have. All have DAB radio which I’ve come to love. I looked for a reason to poo-poo the turbo in comparison to the gorgeous 233kw/378Nm 3.5 V6 but can’t find one. You notice the 53kw difference in power and the 28Nm of torque, but at no stage did I think “this Lexus is gutless”. The kerb weight of 1725 sounds ludicrous for a car this size and this does affect handling to a degree. Taking into account the GT nature of the chassis, you certainly don’t notice the weight on the highway.

The RC200t does everything you ask of it. Price: $72,381 (Luxury), $81,730 (F Sport) $92,755 F Sport Luxury. (drive away NSW)

The as you rise through the grades you get adaptive suspension, a Torsen limited slip diff, Blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, Auto High Beam and the killer Mark Levinson audio system.

You can get better performance, or more luxury, for $92,755. But, you can’t get better performance and more luxury together for$92,755. The Audi A5, BMW 4 series, Mercedes C coupe, and even Jag’s XE are all in the same ball park for performance, build and price. There are those who’ll argue Lexus is not in the same arena, and they’re entitled to their hackneyed, cockeyed, biased opinion however wrong it is. There are some who buy on badge alone, and some who will buy what best suits their needs. Those are the shoppers Lexus is trying to tempt in to show rooms.

Would I buy one? Yes, I love the 200t but I would get the top grade with bells and whistles.

New, Free Ford SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator Software to Speed Development of New App-Enabled Experiences for the Car

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  • Ford today launches its SYNC® 3 AppLink® Emulator, free software that makes it easy for developers to create and test apps for compatibility with the automaker’s connectivity system – without needing to access an actual vehicle
  • SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator allows developers to set certain conditions – such as vehicle speed, location, temperature and mileage – to test how their app responds to each; it enables creation of apps that deliver more personalized experiences for customers
  • Growing Ford Developer Program counts more than 15,000 registered users and more than 90 AppLink-compatible apps globally; Ford to host third annual SYNC AppLink Developer Conference at CTIA Super Mobility 2016™ in Las Vegas this September

DEARBORN, Mich., July 21, 2016 – With more than 15 million SYNC®-equipped vehicles on roads around the world today and 43 million expected by 2020, Ford is introducing a free tool for smartphone app developers aimed at making it easy and cost-efficient to develop in-car apps compatible with the company’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system.

Downloadable from the Ford Developer Program website, SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator is a software program that helps developers create AppLink-enabled apps by allowing them to test how their app will look and work on a SYNC 3 interface – without access to an actual vehicle.

“The SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator makes app development far more accessible to the developer community,” says Dave Hatton, manager of mobile app development, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services. “We expect this tool to open the door to a host of new and exciting car-friendly apps from developers, both big and small, around the world.”

Critical app development tool

The emulator allows a smartphone to connect to the developer’s computer – just like it would normally connect to SYNC 3. The software platform then mimics SYNC 3 by connecting to the app running from the developer’s phone. The user fine-tunes the look and functionality of the app, then can instantly see how the created features would appear on the in-vehicle touch screen.

The software allows developers to set certain conditions – such as vehicle speed, location, temperature and mileage – to test how the app responds to each. These customizable settings empower developers to make apps that deliver more personalized experiences for customers.

Making app development more accessible

The free software emulator, with its ready accessibility, will help speed development, especially in markets where developers have limited access to vehicles or Ford’s current method of SYNC-compatible app development – tabletop hardware units known as FordDev Technology Development Kits. Ford makes the kits, also known as SYNC-in-a-box, available through a San Francisco location.

Developer conference and hackathon

Ford will host its third annual SYNC AppLink Developer Conference in conjunction with CTIA Super Mobility 2016™, Sept. 7-9, in Las Vegas. Ford engineers will be on hand to explain the newest software tools for developing more personalized, vehicle-data-driven apps.

In addition, the Ford developer team will hold a hackathon, where developers can put into action what they have learned for a chance to win prizes. Past hackathons have attracted developers from around the world, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Hong Kong and Japan.

“For Ford, embracing the global developer community and opening the door to innovation are critical aspects of our mission,” said Hatton. “As a company, we look forward to the wave of innovation we expect to stem from our growing efforts – all part of the Ford Developer Program.”

Ford Developer Program

Launched in 2013, the Ford Developer Program invites app developers from across the globe to innovate with the company in the auto industry’s first end-to-end developer ecosystem. The program now has more than 15,000 registered users and more than 90 AppLink-compatible smartphone apps globally. Spotify®, AccuWeather®,® At Bat and iHeartAuto are a few popular apps that now feature AppLink capability.




  • Bentley unveils world’s most extraordinary car photograph
  • ‘Gigapixel’ image features new Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge
  • Zoom from 700 metres out to exquisite individual interior stitches
  • 53 billion-pixel image created using space exploration technology
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(Crewe, 21 June 2016) Today Bentley is unveiling a groundbreaking ‘gigapixel’ image, featuring the new Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase in Rose Gold over Magnetic duo-tone crossing San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate bridge.

The image was created using technology originally developed by NASA to enable Mars rovers to take exploratory panoramic photographs. Viewers can use an innovative, interactive zoom function to travel from 700 metres out all the way into the Mulsanne’s cabin – right down to the 4,500 individual stitches in the embroidered ‘Winged B’ headrest logo.

An incredible 4,425 times larger than a typical smartphone image, this extraordinary photograph is made up of approximately 53 billion pixels (or 53,000 megapixels). It was created by taking 700 individual shots from the same location and ‘stitching’ them together digitally. The result, if reproduced in standard print format, would be the size of a football field.

Kevin Rose, Bentley’s Board Member for Sales and Marketing, said: “Nowhere is Bentley’s famed attention to detail better demonstrated than with our new Mulsanne. We wanted to commission this shot to capture both the exquisite detailing of the Mulsanne and the epic scale of our brand’s ambitions. We believe the result is truly extraordinary.”

Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase: Rear Passenger Comfort Redefined

Designed for customers with a preference for being driven, the Bentley Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase featured in the gigapixel shot offers a first-class air-travel experience for the road.

The 250 mm extension of the Mulsanne’s wheelbase (from 3,266 mm up to 3,516 mm) is entirely to the benefit of rear-seat passenger legroom. This significant increase in interior space makes the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase the most generously proportioned pinnacle luxury limousine in the world, and by far the most comfortable way to travel on four wheels.

To make the best use of the additional rear legroom, Bentley has developed airline-style electronic legrests which are integrated into the bases of the two rear seats. These extend outward and pivot, affording rear-seat passengers the luxury of choice between upright, relaxed and reclined seating positions.

A beautifully appointed console separates the two rear seats in the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase. Ornate and functional, the console is appointed in the finest handcrafted veneer, metal, glass and leather and houses practical features such as USB ports, pen holders, cup holders and a glass-covered stowage area.

For those passengers who wish to work on the move, both rear seats can also be specified with a deployable, folding table. For privacy, electric curtains at the rear are standard fitment and can be tailored with either a black or champagne coloured interior lining.

Rear-seat passengers also benefit from a large-format sunroof over the rear cabin. Controlled by the passengers or the driver, the tilting and sliding glass panel (with Alcantara sun blind) allows natural light to flood into the Mulsanne’s beautifully appointed cabin and clearly reinforces the Extended Wheelbase’s focus on the rearward passenger.

For additional differentiation and choice, customers are able to specify their cars in a wide range of duo-tone exterior paint combinations, such as the Rose Gold over Magnetic seen in the gigapixel image, and with a beautiful new 21” wheel.


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Bentley Bentayga, Iceland, July 2016

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Jul 19, 2016

  • Bentley creates the ultimate luxury car for fly fishing enthusiasts 
  • Exquisite fly fishing set hand-crafted in wood and leather by Mulliner
  • Bentayga’s go-anywhere ability takes you right to the riverbank

(Crewe, 19 July 2016) Bentley has created the ultimate angling accessory; the new Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner.

Hand-crafted by Bentley’s bespoke coachbuilding division, the Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner is an exquisite installation which houses all the equipment required for a successful day on the river.

Four rods are stored in special tubes trimmed in Saddle 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 the Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner are three individual, Saddle-leather-trimmed units: a master tackle station; a refreshment case; and 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 machined-from-solid aluminium reel cases trimmed in Saddle leather with a 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 and Saddle-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. In addition as a bespoke option, any personal logo or graphic can be individually specified on a customer’s Bentayga order.

Geoff Dowding, Director of Mulliner, said: “The Bentayga Fly Fishing car showcases the breadth and level of detail a customer can expect from Mulliner. This is an individual bespoke solution and our skilled craftspeople can design elegant and exquisitely executed bespoke solutions to complement any customer lifestyle or hobby. 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.”

Bentley Bentayga – Genuine Luxury with Go-Anywhere Ability

Never before has a vehicle so coherently combined genuine luxury with go-anywhere driving ability.

Powerful, individual and exquisite in equal measure, the Bentayga is for those who demand luxury without restriction. It provides a true Bentley experience, even in the most challenging environments and takes luxury to new places, unrestrained by climate, terrain or conditions.

It offers the widest range of on- and off-road drive settings of any vehicle via Bentley’s Drive Dynamics Mode and optional Responsive Off-Road Setting. Up to eight modes are available, allowing drivers, at the simple turn of a dial, to select the perfect dynamic set-up for any surface or road condition. This versatility is complemented by Bentley Dynamic Ride (electrically activated 48V active roll control) and Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS).

The Responsive Off-Road Settings allow the customer to select the appropriate vehicle settings for a wide range of off-road surfaces, while the Driver Information Panel displays information on pitch, roll, wheel articulation, steering angle, compass bearing and altitude.

As with all Bentleys, the Bentayga comes with multi-mode air suspension. The Bentayga driver has four different modes to choose from: High 2, High 1, Normal and Low. High 2, for example, can be manually selected when tackling more severe off-road surfaces. Customers can also lower the rear suspension via a switch in the boot, to ease loading and trailer hitching.

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