Mulliner, Bentley’s bespoke coachbuilding division, designed three special Continental GTC V8 S models meant specifically for the UAE market to celebrate the brand’s flagship store on Sheikh Zayed Road (SZR) in Dubai. The exclusive ‘SZR by Mulliner’ limited edition car celebrates the brand’s largest Bentley showroom in the world.
With its striking Orange Flame paintwork, a unique interior trim, and the brand’s renowned V8 engine, the ‘SZR by Mulliner’ showcases Mulliner’s commitment to innovation and highlights Bentley’s desire to transform the world of luxury motoring.
Commenting on the limited edition model, Stephen Reynolds, Regional Director at Bentley Motors said that Bentley wanted to do something special for its loyal UAE customers and the bespoke Mulliner models are truly exclusive cars to mark the special relationship between Bentley and Al Habtoor Motors, the brand’s exclusive distributor in the UAE and one of its most important global partners.
‘SZR by Mulliner’ gave the engineers and craftsmen at Bentley a chance to explore innovative fabrics and color combinations while highlighting the stunning Al Habtoor Motors Bentley showroom, which has quickly become one of the landmarks on Sheikh Zayed Road.
The limited edition model exemplifies Mulliner’s flare and passion as seen in the contrasting Orange Flame and Ghost White paintwork. The eye-catching body kit comprises Orange Flame bonnet, radiator shell, windscreen surround and door mirrors, and is complemented by the 21” six twin spoke black machined rims and unique treadplates engraved with the words “SZR by Mulliner”.
The tri-tone interior called for the creation of a new trim: Sparkle Carbon, which was developed from meshing three different fabrics – carbon fiber, copper foil and metal wire. These were then lacquered, polished and cut to size and applied to the fascia panel, console and instrument panel.
The exclusive interiors are further enhanced by the use of Linen as the main hide with Beluga and Orange touches, fluted seats and Mulliner’s signature diamond quilting. Other touches of luxury include Mulliner embroidery on all four headrests and a steering wheel with an orange “12 o’clock” stripe.
Enduring performance and efficiency
The ‘SZR by Mulliner’ limited edition is powered by Bentley’s famous 4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 powertrain, which is paired with an eight-speed transmission.
True to Bentley’s reputation for impeccable performance, the engine has a maximum output of 528 PS (520 bhp/388 kW) and 680 Nm (502 lb.ft) of torque. The car has a top speed of 308 km/h, and can go from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds.
A world class dealership
Bentley’s largest standalone dealership in the world, the Al Habtoor Motors Bentley showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road covers 75,000 Sq.Ft. and has been designed to set a new benchmark in luxury automotive experience with an impressive luminary façade comprising 160,000 LED lights. The grand entranceway includes one of the world’s first Aqua Graphic Water Curtains which can recognise and project a customer’s name in 3D as soon as they walk through the doors.
The unprecedented design encompasses three stories for model display as well as three basement floors for parking, a roof garden, a Bentley merchandise boutique, a VIP Majlis, a specialized customer handover area and a Mulliner room for bespoke commissioning.
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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