For the first time the Mulsanne is offered in three different versions, Mulsanne, Mulsanne Speed, and Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase, which adds a monstrous 250mm of extra rear legroom and “first class air travel” rear seats.
The entire range has been given a restyle, and although it may be hard to spot at first glance, everything forward of the A-pillars is new, with new front guards, bonnet, bumpers and headlights.
Also new is the stainless steel vertical vane grille, now 80mm wider than before and designed to evoke Bentley’s of the past.
The redesigned and repositioned quad headlights now feature all-LED illumination, while the new one-piece bumper showcases bright chrome inserts with a stylised ‘B’ detail used in the outer intakes.
Likewise at the rear, new taillamps incorporate the ‘B’ theme, while the rear bumper has been given a lower and wider look to enhance the Mulsanne’s visual presence.
To emphasis the Mulsanne’s handcrafted nature, the interior has also come for a revision, with redesigned armrests, door trims, and seats available in either a quilted or fluted finish, offered in 24 hide colours and choice of single or duo-tone finishes.
Other interior fittings are hand crafted from metal and wood, while Bentley proudly displays new, and unique, glass switchgear.
Bentley has given the Mulsanne a new infotainment system featuring haptic feedback, and an 8.0-inch display, connected to a 60GB hard drive and piped through a 20-speaker, 20 channel, Naim audio system.
Rear seat passengers are treated to a pair of 10.2-inch 4G, WiFi, and Bluetooth connected devices mounted into the backs of the rear seats, with a unique Bentley interface, and connection to the car’s infotainment system allowing rear seat passengers so send destinations to the car’s navigation system.
Under the bonnet sits Bentley’s twin-turbocharged 6.75 litre V8 producing 377kW of power and 1020Nm of torque delivered to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
In the Mulsanne Speed power is lifted to 395kW of power and 1100Nm of torque, allowing the luxo-liner to sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds.
Other Speed enhancements include a recalibrated transmission including an S mode that keeps engine speed above 2000rpm to keep the turbochargers spooled, sports suspension, darkened exterior chrome, tinted front and rear lamps, and 21-inch hand-finished alloy wheels.
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