Bentley's personalization division, Mulliner, has had a highly successful year, completing the production of 500 cars in the past 12 months and celebrating a major milestone. This marks a significant achievement for the division, which had only delivered a total of 1,000 vehicles between 2014 and 2021.
The 500th car of the year, a Flying Spur S Hybrid, was recently completed for a customer in the UK.. The Flying Spur S Hybrid is painted in a new color to Mulliner's palette, Spark Blue, and features a Blackline specification that darkens the bright parts of the car's body.
It also has 22-inch ten-spoke black rims and an illuminated Flying B sculpture. The interior is upholstered in Belguga leather with Klein blue booja details and features high-gloss carbon accents. The cabin also boasts polished metal air vents, dial bezels, and other controls.
The Flying Spur S was first introduced earlier this year, making its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It features a blacked-out front grille, lower front fascia, side intakes, mirrors, window surrounds, rear bumper detailing, and exhaust tips, as well as blacked-out front and rear lights.
The sedan is available with either a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that develops 543 hp and 770 Nm of torque or a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with hybrid assistance that delivers 536 hp and 750 Nm of torque. The hybrid version is also capable of traveling 41 kilometers on electric drive alone.
"2021 had already been a record year for Mulliner Design that saw the team needing to grow by 50 percent to meet customer demands and in 2022 that team has really been tested as it has seen a year-on-year increase of 85 percent in customer/retailer commissions," said Paul Dickinson, Bentley's chief commercial officer for Mulliner and motorsport.
Mulliner, which was founded in 2014, has seen orders increase fivefold by 2018. It's clear that the division's dedication to producing high-quality, personalized vehicles has resonated with customers and contributed to its success.