Bentley has reserved the first Bentagya that will roll off its production line in Crewe, England, for Queen Elizabeth, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer told Automotive News Europe at the SUV's unveiling during the Frankfurt auto show Tuesday.
The UK-based automaker didn't provide a value for the Queen's Bentayga, but the starting price is 229,000 pounds ($352,000) for the limited-run First Edition versions. Just 500 First Edition models will be sold. After that, the Bentayga will start at 160,200 pounds in the UK.
The Queen has accepted Bentleys before, and often attends state occasions in a one-off limousine built by the company in 2002. That car has a 400-hp, V-8 engine. The 12-cylinder Bentayga will offer 608 hp and a top speed of 301kph (187 mph).
The Queen still drives and this year was photographed behind the wheel of a Jaguar X-Type station wagon on her estate in Windsor, near London.
If the 87-year-old monarch finds it difficult to get into the Bentayga, she could have a set of electric folding steps added at a cost of about 2,000 pounds.
That is just one of the special options that will be available on the Bentayga. Another is one of priciest options for a car: a Breitling Tourbillon clock that can be embedded into the dashboard for 110,000 pounds.
Duerheimer says the Bentayga's first year's production of a little more than 3,600 cars is sold out. He plans to increase the SUV's annual output to fulfill demand.