Bentley has announced it is to create an exclusive limited-edition version of its flagship Mulsanne limousine for the European market.

Called the ‘Birkin’, the Crewe-based marque state that the new model is inspired by gentleman racer Sir Henry "Tim" Birkin, who piloted the brand’s racing cars in the ‘Bentley Boy’ era of the 1920s and 30s.

The Mulsanne is a far cry from the racing cars that "Tiger Tim" Birkin competed in, however, with the already opulent standard specification taken to new heights.

Limited to just 22 examples, the Birkin Mulsannes will be available in three colours: Ghost White, Damson and a contrasting two-tone Fountain Blue and Dark Sapphire finish.

Birkin models are further denoted by their unique 21-inch wheel design, inspired by those on the original Mulsanne concept car, and 3D ‘Flying B’ emblems stitched into the headrests and inlaid into the dashboard’s polished wood trim.

The door trims and seats are finished in diamond-quilted leather, with the headlining is also slathered in dead cow. A unique knurling to the interior metalwork completes the design enhancements.

Customers will also receive a handcrafted three-piece luggage set, coloured to match the interior of the car.

Obviously aimed at those who travel great distances, the Birkin Bentleys are equipped with twin 8-inch LCD screens in the headrests, a DVD player and a Wi-Fi hotspot, and integrated iPads, allowing rear seat passengers to work or play as the mood takes them.

Power is unchanged from the regular Mulsanne, though this is no bad thing, given the car is equipped with an enormous 6.75-litre turbocharged V8 engine. Developing 505bhp, it is enough to get this near three-tonne leviathan from 0-60mph in a Porsche Boxster S baiting 5.1 seconds.

The price hike over the standard car’s £225,000 asking price has yet to be announced. But if you have to ask….

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