Mulliner, Bentley’s bespoke coachbuilding division, has designed three special Continental GTC V8 S models, specifically for the UAE market. The exclusive ‘SZR by Mulliner’ limited edition commemorates the largest Bentley showroom in the world on Sheikh Zayed Road (SZR) in Dubai.
Featuring eye-catching Orange Flame paintwork, a unique interior trim, and the familiar V8 powerplant, the ‘SZR by Mulliner’ demonstrates Bentley’s intention to revolutionise customer experience in the world of luxury motoring. Stephen Reynolds, Regional Director at Bentley Motors, commented: “We wanted to do something special for our loyal UAE customers, and these one-off Mulliner models offer a truly exclusive proposition, befitting such an important event in Bentley’s history. We are particularly proud to have developed the ‘SZR by Mulliner’ in recognition of the special relationship that Bentley has with Al Habtoor Motors, who are one of our most important global partners.”
The craftsmen at Mulliner find inspiration everywhere – the challenge is transforming that very inspiration into engineering perfection. The ‘SZR by Mulliner’ was a chance to explore innovative fabrics and colour combinations while recognising the Al Habtoor Motors Bentley showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road. The limited edition model features an Orange Flame bonnet, radiator shell, windscreen surround and door mirrors, and is complemented by 21″ six twin spoke black machined rims and unique treadplates engraved with the words “SZR by Mulliner”.
The tri-tone interior required the creation of a new trim: Sparkle Carbon. This was developed from meshing three different fabrics – carbon fibre, copper foil and metal wire – which were then lacquered, polished and cut to size and applied to the fascia panel, console and instrument panel. The look of the convertible is further elevated by the exclusive interior with Linen as the main hide with Beluga and Orange touches, fluted seats and Mulliner’s signature diamond quilting. Other touches include Mulliner embroidery on all four headrests and a steering wheel with an orange “12 o’clock” stripe.
Under the hood lies Bentley’s 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8, which is mated to an eight-speed transmission. Delivering a maximum of 520hp and 680Nm of torque, the model accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.7, and tops out at 308km/h. The ‘SZR by Mulliner’, built in celebration of the Dubai-based Bentley flagship showroom, is the perfect nod to the company’s largest standalone dealership in the world, which covers some 75,000 sq.ft.
The Al Habtoor Motors Bentley showroom has been designed to go beyond any previous luxury automotive experience and features one of the world’s most advanced luminary façades, comprising 160,000 LED lights. The impressive entranceway includes one of the world’s first Aqua Graphic Water Curtains which can recognise and project a customer’s name in 3D as soon as they walk through the doors. The design encompasses three stories for model display as well as three basement floors for parking, a roof garden, a Bentley merchandise boutique, a VIP Majlis, a specialised customer handover area and a Mulliner room for bespoke commissioning.