Mulliner Takes Luxury of Selected Bentleys to New Heights with Wood from a Special Tree
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In the motoring history, Bentley is famous for its posh cabins with fine wood trims. Taking its reputation for luxury to the next level, Mulliner, the automaker’s personal commissioning division, is now offering a new open-pore Walnut trim for a few selected models.
The British brand claims that the high-quality wood trim “honors the natural, genuine beauty of walnut” and is sourced from an extremely special tree combining European Walnut and American Walnut. With an ultra-thin lacquer, it still reveals its natural grain.
The handcrafted finish, which was completed at Bentley headquarters in Crewe, England, improves the large pore structure to unveil the wood’s intense dark coloring. The trees are mostly planted in California, and to guarantee that only the highest quality of walnut veneer is selected, the automaker even sends wood specialists.
The veneer is thoroughly cut from the textured section of the tree burl, which is only found between the inner core and the outer layer of sap. Then, it is painted with only three ultra-thin layers of lacquer which totals only 0.1 mm in thickness. Bentley claims that its High Gloss lacquer coating is 0.5 mm thick and comes with a glossy, smooth finish. Every layer is applied by hand and sanded between applications to ensure that the lacquer sticks to the wood’s natural grooves. According to Bentley, the resulting finish is wax-life and superbly highlights the walnut’s genuine, natural color and texture.
The difference in grain and color of various cuts of open-pore Walnut also suggests that each veneer is slightly different, so every interior using the luxurious wood trim will be certified bespoke.
Bentley’s new open-pore Walnut trim can be specified in the Bentayga, Mulsanne, and Flying Spur models.