Two of the most ostentatious luxury things in the world have just joined forces and Christmas has come early for obscenely rich, Middle Eastern, bird lovers.
Bentley, the super-swanky automobile maker announced their Bentayga Falconry yesterday, a special-edition Bentley Bentayga that’s perfect for taking your falcon away on weekend jaunts.
The trunk of the car, “houses all the equipment required for an enjoyable falconry expedition,” reports Bentley. That includes compartments for a GPS bird tracking unit, binoculars and “hand-crafted leather bird hoods and gauntlets,” all of which cost extra. Plus there’s a “refreshment case,” so you can store your falconry-appropriate beverages, and a perch.
Up front you’ll find another, removable, perch which tethers on the central armrest if you prefer your bird to ride shotgun.
Bentley have yet to announce prices for the new model, but the cost of a typical Bentayga — no falconry supplies included — starts at around $230,000.
Of course if you need to transport more than just the one falcon — say, 80 of them –you’d be better off following this Saudi prince’s example and booking them all seats on a plane.
The birds are ultimate status symbols in the Middle East and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase. According to the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey, around half of the world’s falconers are located in the Middle East.