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In 2022, Mulliner, the bespoke division of Bentley has continued to see exponential growth, maintaining the growth that it saw last year. Since 2020, the requests for personalization and bespoke content through Mulliner has grown by 200 percent, which is the highest in the country’s history. On average, there are three Bentleys produced per day and it includes bespoke requests.

Back in the early days at Le Mans, they introduced a new feature in the form of 18K Gold Plated Organ Stops. It was a tribute to the original Bentley Boys, while providing an iconic and timeless finish. This feature was recently seen in one of the Limited Edition cars from Mulliner, and it can be added to the interior of any specially curated Bentley. In honor of Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin, one of the original ‘Bentley Boys’ from the 1920s and 30s, the Number 9 Edition by Mulliner was added. Birkin was not only a Bentley customer, he was also an investor and racing driver, full of entrepreneurial spirit and ambition. Through the collaboration between man and machine, emerged the 4 ½ liter ‘Blower’.

Another update is the additional selection of open-pore veneer. Influenced by the Stone veneers’ natural effect, they have added some new options like Liquid Amber, Tamo Ash, and Vavona in more sustainable open-pore finishes. For protection, all are given the ultra-thin matt lacquer treatment and it also gives the surface the natural texture of the wood which varies from the traditional smooth gloss finish and the 90 percent less lacquer.

Using only the best, most figured stock available, open-pore veneer has three ultra-thin layers of lacquer that totals a mere 0.1 mm in thickness. To compare, the High Gloss lacquer coating in Bentley is 0.5 mm thick and has a glossy, smooth finish. Each layer is meticulously applied by hand and sanded between applications, making sure that the lacquer sticks to the wood’s natural grooves. This results in a wax-like finish that showcases the authentic, natural color and texture of the wood species.

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Mulliner Growth of Personalisation

The Mulliner Personal Commissioning Guide provides a unique mix of contemporary and traditional options that will definitely cater to the diverse and extraordinary clients of Bentley. Clients have a variety of options in terms of hide colors, painted veneers, personalized interior stitching, and tweed trimmed door inserts are only some of the unique offerings that Bentley Mulliner can provide. These options can definitely enhance the unique feel and look of the clients’ Bentley.

The latest Mulliner Personal Commissioning Guide has nine different designer suggestions to help spark the creativity of the clients, or simply to give them a base design for them to be able start on their journey towards their own unique car. With the increased demand, the team at Mulliner were challenged to come up with new personalization features.

The number of Bentleys that had bespoke features and content has been growing from only 2 percent in 2020 to 6 percent of the annual production. Checking the request of the clients for each model. Bentayga clients maximizes the exterior paint options. Flying Spur clients are more interested in Mulliner features like the dual finish veneers. Continental GT clients utilizes the Personal Commissioning Guide like the pinstriped carbon fiber body kit option.

The Rise of Individuality

In the last century of Bentley’s history, Mulliner has been responsible for some of the most unique and iconic cars made. Ranging from the R Type Continental in the 1950s, to cars fit for royalty. Recently, there are the exceptional Blower Continuation and Bacalar projects.

The oldest coachbuilders in the world give their clients different options for more individuality in their commissioned Bentley. Options range from simply providing unique colors and bespoke stitching, to a more grandiose completely coachbuilt, one-off Bentley.

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By: Reggie
Title: The Growth Of Bentley Mulliner
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/the-growth-of-bentley-mulliner/
Published Date: Fri, 13 May 2022 17:30:27 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

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cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

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Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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