Bentley unveils one-off equestrian-inspired Bentayga SUV

Bentley has unveiled a special edition Bentayga by Mulliner ahead of a public debut next week's Cheltenham horse racing festival.

The unique Bentayga has been commissioned to mark the Crewe-based manufacturer's ties with The Jockey Club – the largest commercial group in British horseracing.

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It's not actually as brash as you might expect an SUV being unveiled at one of the largest horse racing festivals to be, as the car is painted in a tasteful shade of British Racing Green. It also features 21-inch black alloy wheels as well as black accents as part of the 'Blackline specification'.

Inside, the interior is finished off in a tweed colour scheme, with contrasting Cumbrian Green and Saddle leather. There's also light blue stitching as well as veneer, too, in typical Bentley fashion. The passengers veneer panel also includes a gold horse graphic.

Mulliner, Bentley's exclusive special division programme, is said to have taken inspiration from the world of horse-riding, as well as Bentley's racing heritage.

Uday Senapati, Mulliner's head of technical operations, said: "The Cheltenham Festival is widely recognised as one of the finest horseracing evens in the world, and is the perfect showcase for the Bentayga.

"The Mulliner team has been deeply inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, and this has encouraged us to use new materials and techniques for the first time on a Bentley in developing this one-off commission."

It's not the first Bentayga by Mulliner to be revealed, though, with the manufacturer unveiling a Mulliner edition of its luxury SUV at last year's Geneva Motor Show, with the flagship model available to order in limited orders.

Bentley has also previously commissioned a Bentayga designed for fly fishing enthusiasts, as well as a bespoke organic picnic hamper designed for its luxury SUV.

It will be on display at the Bentley pavilion at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival that takes place between March 13 and 16.

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