Rare by Design and Technology




Shereen Shabnam

Bentley Motors, known to constantly seek perfection to remain the most sought after luxury car brand in the world recently introduced new options for Bentayga Bentley that includes capacitive fingerprint sensor technology with a secure stowage unit.

Developed at the company’s headquarters in Crewe, which is home to all of its design, R&D, and engineering, the discreet and unobtrusive locker creates the ideal place to stow valuables while at the beach, on the ski slope or utilising valet parking services, affording customers even greater peace of mind.

Crafted by Bentley’s personal commissioning division, Mulliner, the fingerprint sensor technology has been applied to a high pressure die-cast aluminium secure stowage unit located in the cabin.

With two USB ports and an auxiliary socket, it can also be used for connecting and charging mobile devices both inside and outside of the unit, enabling occupants to access Bentayga’s extensive infotainment technology, including Apple CarPlay.

According to Uday Senapati, Mulliner’s Head of Technical Operations, the Mulliner Biometric Secure Stowage unit is hidden from view and incorporates the familiar capacitive fingerprint sensor technology from smartphones that can store multiple fingerprints. This allows the user to control who accesses their valuables.

Mulliner’s roots date back to the 1500’s – that’s almost 500 years of craftsmanship experience and heritage. It exists to respond to the requirements of Bentley’s most discerning customers. Any type of personalisation can be undertaken to create a unique Bentley of individual taste.

Recent examples of Mulliner’s craft include the Mulsanne Grand Limousine, with its one-metre stretch and private-aviation-style seating configuration in the rear cabin; and the Bentayga Field Sports – the ultimate luxury SUV accessory for sporting countryside pursuits – which features a bespoke installation in the rear with all the equipment required for a perfect rural adventure.

In 1953, Mulliner coachbuilt one of the most iconic Bentleys ever – theR Type Continental. This model inspired the design of today’s Continental GT. In 1957, Mulliner introduced the Continental Flying Spur, a special four-door saloon built on the Bentley Continental chassis.

Hence the combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology of today, the Bentayga’s additional features reflect the brands commitment to respond to the customers contemporary needs and requirements.