Blacked-out Bamford X Bentley Mulsanne Speed is truly impressive

Article by Christian A., on December 2, 2016

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.

Press Release


‘Our motto is: ‘If you can imagine it, we can create it,’’ At first glance this may read like the motto of Mulliner, Bentley’s bespoke division. However, these are the words of George Bamford of Bamford Watch Department, a man who describes his business as ‘NIKEiD meets Mulliner’.

A long-time Bentley customer, Bamford has designed and commissioned a bespoke Mulsanne Speed to his own unique specification, delivered by Mulliner. His dark-themed Mulsanne Speed features unique details and the finished car is striking, stealthy and contemporary in equal measure.

The Bamford Watch Department specialises in the bespoke customisation of wristwatches, their signature is the all-black colour scheme. Bamford’s family own an extensive car collection featuring many extraordinary Bentleys, with Mulliner frequently cited by him as a key influence in the founding of his business. This unique interpretation of the Bentley Mulsanne is a true reflection of his style.

Dark Signature

As his signature, the Bamford Mulsanne features more black and dark-tinted elements than any Bentley before, with a Beluga finish to all of the interior and exterior brightware, including 21” Mulliner Driving Specification wheels.

The finish was achieved through the process of Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD). The coating material that produces the dark-tint finish is vaporised, and deposited on each piece of brightware, bonding molecularly with the base material. As well as the beautiful aesthetic created, PVD coatings are harder-wearing and offer increased corrosion resistance.

Mulliner Hidden Delights

To contrast the dark theme of the interior, Bamford specified a number of accent details to be finished in vibrant Kingfisher blue – a hue very close to a colour frequently used in the Bamford Watch Department colour palette. While developing the colour for use in his car, the Mulliner team subjected a colour sample to multiple tests including ultra-violet endurance, extreme temperature conditions and material shrinkage analysis.

Kingfisher accents are seen in the front centre armrest, smartphone drawer and illuminated rear seat cabinet, in addition to a contrast stripe to the steering wheel and the face of the front console clock.

Seating Inspired by Suiting

With a desire to trim the centre of the seats in a way that would complement the material of a suit, Mr Bamford decided to trim the centre panels in fabric. To highlight this, the Kingfisher accent was applied again, using a very specific and unusual stitching design. The 4 mm Kingfisher pinstripe sits between two stitch lines that fall 6 mm apart, framing the pinstripe and accentuating the contrast colour even further.

Bespoke Watch Case by Mulliner

Many Mulsanne customers specify a Champagne Cooler or Cocktail Cabinet within the rear of the cabin, however with Bamford’s background in horology a different solution was required. Mulliner have adapted the illuminated cocktail cabinet to house a bespoke watch case finished in carbon fibre.

The case was Bamford’s own, modified by Mulliner in a new carbon fibre finish and with Bentley detailing. Mulliner’s own cocktail cabinet design was then modified to accommodate the watch case, and trimmed in Kingfisher accent hide to match the other contrast details. This adaptation of the cocktail cabinet was done specifically for Bamford and is the first of its kind. Rea

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