Having a blacked-out Bentley Mulsanne Speed is already menacing by itself but by naming it as the Bamford X, it became all the more imposing. This model was made by the brand’s very own bespoke department Mulliner, and was developed specifically for JCB heir and watch customizer George Bamford.
In terms of dimensions alone, the Bamford X is showing that it is not something you play around with. Overall length stands at 5,575 mm (219.5 in.) with total width of 1,926 mm (75.8 in.) and height at 1,521 mm (59.9 in.).
Looking at the exterior, the Bamford X follows a black-on-black theme, which is the signature of many of the Bamford Watch Department’s customized timepieces. For the bodywork, the brand made sure to give it that Beluga black finish. Much like the color scheme, this color is similar to what Bamford gets during the different processes like Graphite Particle Coating and Military Grade Titanium Coating.
While all of the trims offered for the exterior usually have a polished stainless steel finish, Bentley has revealed that this time it has undergone Physical Vapor Deposition to give it that shimmering known as Darkware. This treatment is not limited to the exterior as the brightwork seen in the interior is now in Darkware as well.
Under the hood, the Bamford X has the twin-turbo 6.75-liter V8 engine capable of output at 400 kW (537 hp) with peak torque coming in at 1,100 Nm (811 lb.-ft.). With this, the model has a maximum speed of 305 km/h (190 mph) and is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in merely 4.9 seconds.
Going back to the exterior, the body is placed on top of the distinct 21-inch wheels that have a black finish and that are based mainly on the Mulliner Driving Specification items. Rounding off the intimidating appearance of the Bamford X is the dark tint on the window.
Everything you can observe on the exterior can be seen inside as well like with the black trim and black upholstery. It is good to know that the brand made sure to give Mulliner the authority to use alcantara center panels for the seats of the Bamford model.
Another signature feature seen in the model can be seen on the storage compartment, stitching, and leather piping, all of which have a bright blue finish. The amount of personalization on the Bamford X is surprising for many as the only time the brand has allowed such a personal customization was with the British Royal Family.
After all of these, the carbon fiber one-off portable watch holder acts as the finishing touch. Commenting on this new model, George Bamford said this is how one should perform personalization.
The base model is named after the Mulsanne Corner of the famous Le Mans race. The Speed version was developed to offer customers a model that delivered not only better performance but one that also comes with additional premium features.