The Bentley Mulsanne

A thoroughly modern flagship capturing the essence of the Bentley marque.

Said to be inspired by the Bentley 8 Litre of the 1930s, the Bentley Mulsanne’s name comes from the famous Mulsanne corner at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race.

The Bentley Mulsanne is a distinctive blend of sportiness, elegance and strength.  Resonating the Bentley S-Type of the 1950s, the Mulsanne has a bold frontal design dominated by the traditional Bentley matrix grille and well-known round inner headlamps with chrome surrounds, flanked by two, smaller outboard lamp clusters, all featuring the latest in lighting technology.

Using superforming, a technology normally held back for the aerospace industry, the multifaceted form of the aluminium front wings were created.  ‘Brightware’ features throughout the Mulsanne exclusively in polished stainless steel, highlighting the beauty of the bodywork perfectly.  Bentley is the only manufacturer in the world to do this.

"The new Mulsanne is a thoroughly modern flagship that captures the essence of the Bentley marque. It is elegant yet distinctly sporting in character, delivering effortless performance while within its sumptuous cabin, advanced technology sits discretely with handcrafted luxury."  Bentley Motors Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen.

It’s the details that make the difference, the Mulsanne has a personalised keyless entry system which allows drivers to benefit from multiple pre-programmed configurations….radio stations, phone books, seat positioning, ventilation and massage modes in both the front and rear can be set, along with the steering column and seatbelt settings.  Even the electrically operated rear-seat blinds for the side and rear windows can be set.  As a world-first, the keyless system operates with the stainless steel door handles which incorporate touch points to initiate communication with the key for verification and entry.

In the new Mulsanne, the 6¾-litre twin turbo V8 develops 505 bhp, the engine is all new, made from aluminium and lightweight internals including a forged crankshaft.  It also features cam-phasing (variable valve timing) and variable displacement (cylinder deactivation).  Benefits of such technology include staggering torque available across the rev range and better fuel economy.

The trend for green isn’t omitted in the Mulsanne, CO2 emissions and fuel consumption are reduced by more than 15 %, in line with Bentley's environmental commitment.  Prodigious power and torque are complemented by an all-new chassis, unique to the new Mulsanne.  Both lighter and stiffer than previous flagship Bentleys, the new chassis benefits both ride and handling.

Bentley has certainly paid respect to the Bentley heritage yet there is a unique thoroughly modern luxury to the Mulsanne.  The fusion of power, refinement and elegance is truly intoxicating.