When Bentley finally released official pictures of the Bentayga SUV, the world’s media offered a couple of reactions – some were bewildered by the looks, others dazzled by the opulence, and the rest baffled by the absurd fact that a 2,300kg 4×4 can get from 0 to 60mph in four seconds flat.
The eagle-eyed luxury fetishists in the carwow office, however, spotted something lurking in the press shots that tells another story.
We think the Bentayga may secretly be housing the most outrageously expensive optional extra ever bolted to a car. Scroll down for a video of this new extra in action.
Is this the most expensive car optional extra?
Buried in the depths of a hefty press kit was this photo:
Not sure what that is? Let’s take a look at the Bentley press release:
“A bespoke mechanical Mulliner Tourbillon by Breitling clock can also be specified. The most complex of watch mechanisms, the Mulliner Tourbillon is automatically wound periodically by a dedicated high-precision winding mechanism within the car. This masterpiece is machined in solid gold (customers can select from either rose or white gold), with a choice of either a mother-of-pearl or black ebony face and decorated with eight diamond indexes.”
We’ve emboldened the bits that are likely to cause this clock to be the most expensive car option ever. A source close to Bentley told carwow it is expected to cost around £150,000, on top of the £160,200 you’ll have to pay for a Bentayga.
Bentayga Breitling clock winding video
The world’s journalists managed to have a poke around the Bentayga’s interior at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show. UK journalist Chris Harris shot this video showing the clock’s winding movement – if this isn’t worth £150,000 we’re not sure what is…
— chris harris (@harrismonkey) September 16, 2015
Breitling by Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon – or an Audi R8?
For some perspective, when Bentley previously teamed up with watch gods Tourbillon, they produced this wristwatch that sold for $175,000 (about £114,000). You could buy a brand-new V10 Audi R8 for five grand more.
The clock in the Bentayga is studded with diamonds too, something the Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon lacked. How remiss of it…
More expensive Bentley options
A quick flick through the price list for the Mulsanne reveals that you can spend £21,995 (or about the same as a Toyota GT86) on a Naim audio system, or £9,915 for iPad picnic tables.
Yep, for the same price as a well-specced Volkswagen Up you can get something to rest your tablet on. We’re not sure if you have to provide your own iPad.
Need more Bentayga?
Take a look at our in-depth round-up of the Bentayga’s features and frivolities – and check out our high-res interior photos. Just keep a napkin handy to wipe up the dribble.