Bentley, in collaboration with British design company Linley, will be launching 10 Continental Flying Spurs limited edition models, all which will be marketed in China. These new models were unveiled at Jack Barclay, a Bentley dealer in London's Berkeley Square. The decision to sell these limited edition models in the Asian country underscores the fact that demand in China for Bentley products remains as high as ever.
These Continental Flying Spurs limited edition models feature signature Linley elements – all designed to attract people who place value on pedigree and lineage as well as handcrafted quality. The limited edition’s fascia, waist-rail, roof console and console are implemented with carefully selected Linley veneers in Santos rosewood, covering the entire wood surfaces where Bentley chestnut or walnut would typically be employed.
Continental Flying Spurs limited edition – its waist-rails and picnic table in particular -- features iconic Linley Helix motif from the Linley Helix Furniture Collection. This Helix pattern features four different types of veneer that contrast with the Santos rosewood to showcase the wave effect of the marquetry. Furthermore, the limited edition’s rear console has been tweaked for a customer-commissioned Linley humidor.
Christine Gaskell, member of the board for personnel at Bentley Motors, remarked that the carmaker’s collaboration with Linley provides a new element -- Linley veneers in particular -- to the interior of the Continental Flying Spur for a distinct executive style and elegance. He noted that both Bentley Motors and Linley are experts in the use of natural materials and both are committed to superlative craftsmanship.
David Linley, Chairman of Linley, quipped that efforts of Bentley and Linley have resulted in a limited edition car that is not only unique but also reflects the passion that both brands share in pushing beyond the limits of engineering and excellence. On the other hand, Brett Boydell, senior designer at Bentley, remarked that they reconfigured the distinct console to allow the humidor – as designed by Linley – to fit in.
The layout of the interior was also revised to create more a space. He quipped that it was an engineering feat to be able to fuse Bentley quality with Linley design.
Mark Blanchard, Head of Design at Linley, described the project as exciting and challenging. He noted that the interior was designed according to the constraints specified by Bentley, without compromising Linley craftsmanship.
Blanchard noted that the Continental Flying Spurs limited edition model had to look different. He added that while Bentley typically employs burr veneers for the interiors since they are more malleable, Linley employed Santos rosewood -- a straight grain veneer -- to create a strong interior statement. He quipped that although a straight grain veneer was a challenge, the final results were stunning.
In addition, the Continental Flying Spurs limited edition features stainless steel Linley treadplates and Linley for Bentley rhodium-plated plaque in the glove box. The passenger fascia panel is provided with a stainless steel overlay of the Linley logo.
Additional features of the new limited edition model include the modified fluting on the seats with burnt oak contrast stitching as well as burnt oak hide on the storage areas and door pockets.