That’s a mighty purty Purdey. As it bloody well should be; the handmade British side-by-side shotty runs some $330k. Which is a hundred grand more than the bespoke Bentley Bentayga Field Sports Edition SUV by Mulliner malingering in the background. And here’s the full view . . .
of the Bentley, a smug looking model and a man in a wool coat.
Too pricey? If you were to be so déclassé as to forgo the handmade shotgun schlepping cabinet bolted into the Bentley’s back end that’d save you $30k.
As a former automotive journalist who’s had the good fortune to blag a Bentayga, I can assure you that the SUV looks, smells and drives like money. Especially when you unleash the British behemoth’s gas-sucking 6.0-litre W12 engine. (Don’t tell anyone but the engine was originally created for VW’s ill-fated Phaeton.)
Sad to say, I have never shot a Purdey. Even so, if I had to choose between the Germanobritish luxobarge and the storied shotgun there’s no contest. But why choose one when you can have both, since anyone who can afford one can probably afford the other?
Taken together, the $560k (plus VAT) package might just distinguish you from other motorized members of the landed gentry, whom the country’s liberals have rendered land rich and cash poor. And so escape their city digs for the countryside in horrid little four-bangers or ancient, arthritic Land Rovers.
Anyway, the caption under these photos at thisismoney.co.uk proclaims “Bentley’s hunting-ready SUV: It might look like any old £162,700 6.0-litre W12 Bentayga from the outside, but the boot is loaded with lethal weapons.”
The same could be said about JWT’s Tundra — and then some — but it’s horses for courses mate.