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Extreme luxury on display in Detroit

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The best cars from all over the world are on display in Detroit. 13abc has been at the Auto Show all week giving you a sneak peek at the latest creations from Toledo and around the globe. Our Lissa Guyton and Videogrqpher Todd Gaertner had a chance to sit in a Bentley today that costs more than two times the average American home. And they were both a bit nervous to even touch anything! Each Bentley takes hundreds of hours to make and you won't believe the custom craftsmanship that goes into these machines, some of that craftsmanship even involves Scandinavian bulls.

There is certainly no shortage of luxury on the floor here in Detroit from Mercedes and Tesla to BMW and Audi to Cadillac, high end rides are back. This is what a cool $390,000 will buy at Bentley. It's the Mulsanne model. About a thousand of the custom crafted cars are made in England every year. Product Specialist Christina Thompson says the steering wheel alone takes hours to stitch, "We have four people at the factory who focus on stitching the steering wheels and it takes up to 15 hours. One steering wheel? Yes 15 hours each!"

And these aren't just any leather seats. They're made from the hide of Scandinavian bulls. Thompson says the colder climate in the European region helps ensure fewer imperfections, "The hides only come from bulls because there is less elasticity in their hides than in cows so when we stretch them to a certain point we know they will stay just the way we want them to." What may seem like a simple installation with the wood trim is actually a painstakingly detailed process, "With the wood veneers in all our vehicles we use what's called a mirror image process. The wood grains you see on the left side you will see on the right side too."

The Mulsanne is so special that the back seat is actually called the "back suite" complete with custom Bentley pillows and a cooler for your champagne or wine. There are also a number of specialty selections for the seats. The best feature may be this custom made work station. If you are on the road and you want to check your e-mail all you do is press a button and voila...there it is!" Corey Proffitt is the Bentley Communications Manager for The Americas. He says under the hood the Mulsanne has a 6.75 liter, twin turbo, V8 engine and a tribute to the people who build them,"Each engine is hand stamped, so you can see the name of the people who build each and every engine."

Now if the Mulsanne is a bit out of reach, there's always the Flying Spur model. Proffitt says the one on display in Detroit sells for a cool $244,000, "This is the fastest sedan Bentley has ever built.  It has a top speed of about 200 miles per hour and goes from 0-60 in 4.3 seconds. It has incredible performance and that's what Bentley is all about."If the Spur is still too pricey, the new Bentley GTV8S made it's world debut here in Detroit. The one on the floor has a sticker of $224,000. Thompson says the 521 horse power engine tops out at 192 miles an hour,"Some people have them as a daily driving car, others only use them for weekends and special events but the great thing is they're all wheel drive so all the models handle extremely well in all weather." They only make a total of about 10,000 Bentleys a year and they are all built in England. Obviously most of the cars on display are much more affordable and you can get a look at all of them starting this Saturday. 

 

 

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