The English Royal Fleet is composed of two Bentleys, three Rolls-Royces and three Daimlers plus a few Volkswagen “people carriers”. It’s no wonder why luxury car manufacturers Bentley and Rolls-Royce are given the bragging rights and claim that they can make any of its owners feel like one of England’s royalties. Equipped to be safe and efficient and painted in Royal claret livery, these cars are used for the royal family’s public engagements and some ceremonial functions.
The Royal fleet actually has two recent Bentley State Cars. The first of the two was given during the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. These cars were uniquely designed to have a monocoque construction to be able to maximize the vehicle’s interior space. Compared to the usual Bentley, the Royal Bentleys are nearly a meter longer (at least 6.22 meters long). It is also designed with rear doors that are hinged at the back so that The Queen can stand up straight before heading out.
And for full visibility of the royal family, the Bentleys are designed with a removable exterior roof covering. However, just recently, it has been reported that Her Royal Majesty is getting rid of one of her Bentleys – the newest one in the fleet, the Bentley Mulsanne.
Queen Elizabeth’s Bentley Mulsanne’s value has depreciated by $20,000 and is now being sold for $285,000. The 2012 model has a 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that can produce 505 horsepower. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.9 seconds. Her Majesty’s Mulsanne was only able to cover 5,826 miles, which is not bad for its current selling price.
The vehicle has already been stripped of its police lighting, police communication system, and the royal coat of arms. It is currently being sold by Bramley Motor cars, a dealership for Bentley vehicles. The reason for selling the Mulsanne? There are talks that it may be the vehicle’s lack of armouring but it could be that the Queen wants to make way for the arrival of the new Bentley Bentayga SUV.
Apparently, The Queen is among the first influential women to own a new Bentley Bentayga. Priced at around $215,000, the Bentayga is one of Bentley’s most coveted models. It is an 8-speed automatic transmission all-wheel drive vehicle and is powered by a twin-turbo W12 engine.
It can produce 600 horsepower and 663 lb.-ft. of torque. The Bentayga can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.0 seconds and has a maximum speed of 187 mph.
Just like every other Bentley, the Bentayga also has a full-leather interior but it is expected to gear up with brand new Hield Lambswool Sateen cloth -- a standard for every vehicle in the Royal fleet.
The Bentayga will join Her Majesty’s fleet of cars and will serve as her official vehicle during her hunting expeditions in one of her estates in Scotland.
The Bentayga will be an addition to Her Majesty’s roster of vehicles – a Bentley State Limousine, a 1978 Rolls Royce Phantom VI, a 1950 Rolls Royce Phantom IV, and a 1987 Phantom VI among many other distinguished vehicles.