Bentley has teamed up with Linley, a British design company, to create a limited edition of 10 Continental Flying Spurs for China, which is the automaker’s largest four-door market. Several Linley elements will be used on this vehicle that will flaunt its lineage, its outstanding design, and its handcrafted quality. For the first time ever, the fascia, consol, waistrail and roof console will have specially chosen Linley veneers in Santos rosewood.
Instead of chestnut or walnut, all the wood surfaces of the model will be covered with veneers. According to Chairman David Linley, the two brands are both committed to “superlative craftsmanship and design.”
He said that this car is unique and reflects the passion that Bentley and Linley have to push the limits of engineering and excellence. The Linley Helix motif was borrowed from the unique Linley Helix Furniture Collection that features the highly specialized skill of marquetry inlay on the waist-rails and picnic table of the Flying Spurs.
The Helix pattern consists of four various types of veneer that are a contrast to the Santos rosewood to illustrate the wave effect that the marquetry delivers.
Furthermore, the rear console has been tweaked to achieve a customer-commissioned Linley humidor. Bentley’s senior designer Brett Boydell said that Linley designed a special box that drops into a distinctive console.
Boydell added that the console had been reconfigured in order to fit in the box. He considered it an “engineering feat” to be able to comply with the quality requirements of a Bentley as well as with Linley’s design cues.
Bentley’s Senior Designer Brett Boydell explains the very unique feature that goes along with the Custom Linley Humidor. He further supported this with how they redesigned everything so that the Customised Humidor will fit precisely at the console while leaving enough space to move around. The whole process is indeed very interesting considering that both Linley and Bentley come with their own high standards in terms of design and quality.
Linley’s Head of Design Mark Blanchard also said how the project is just as challenging and exciting to make since they have to adhere to Bentley’s highly impeccable criteria. But at least, they were able to demonstrate Linley’s craftsmanship into the car’s interiors.
Along with these, they came up with Santos Rosewood for the material. The grain veneer is different from what Bentley has been using all the time. It makes the design around the curves more flexible and that’s why the interior turned out so impressive.
Linley’s rhodium-plated glove box as well as the stainless steel tread plates is exclusively designed for Bentley. The stainless steel panel on the passenger area incorporates the Linley logo as well.
Bentley’s luxury leather seats in Burnt Oak colour have corrugated style and stitching to match the extra storage and pockets at the door made with the same material for the hide.
Moreover, an elegant cashmere blanket is packed inside Linley’s fine leather bag at the luggage compartment along with complementary leather luggage tag for the Flying Spurs edition. Blanchard and Boydell ensured that the interior design met Bentley’s automotive design as well. This is very evident on the Helix pattern’s intricate marquetry. Amazingly enough, both Linley and Bentley were also able to deliver British heritage to the consumers in one product design.