The Bentley Mulsanne is a car that has been waiting 80 years to arrive. With the recession getting in the way but the Rolls-Royce coming for the save, this manufacturer can look forward to a new chapter in its growth under the guidance of CEO Wolfgang Durheimer. The model by itself, however, is here to prove two things: that it can provide a scope and freedom as a £200,000 car, and that it can provide a seamless performance along with its hand crafted luxury.
The Mulsanne’s current design features LEDs surrounding the headlights, which results in a dipped beam. Although the look pays respects to the 1950s Bentley S-Type, it still appears modern in design. The best way to enjoy the Mulsanne’s design is by going through the options list and seeing which parts can results in the best balance among interior finishes, wheel design, and colour, just to name a few. This vehicle is definitely at the fore of offering bespoke for luxury consumers.
Compared to the flagship saloon, the Mulsanne is below 5.6m in length, the wheels about 20 inches, and its length 350mm more than the Jaguar’s long-wheelbase XJ. It’s also 200mm longer than the Arnage but shares the same weight at 2585kg. The body itself is made of lightweight superformed aluminum and sits on top of a steel monocoque. The D-pillars features are rather complex and were made by coachbuilders.
The interior is successful in delivering the model’s mission statement of providing comfort along with the latest technology. Its elegant and rich style has not been paralleled by any other company and the interior in the Mulsanne toughens such a standard for its competitors. Below the eight-inch satellite navigation screen lies the iPod connector, which is hidden under a chrome-edged, leather-lined drawer. The leathers don’t just exude sophistication but also provide a warm ambience to the cabin.
The Mulsanne’s powertrain engine is an enhanced and revised version of the 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V8. This unit can deliver power at either 752lb ft and 505 bhp. This engine is matted with the newest eight-speed automatic gearbox from ZF, which allows the Mulsanne to transition between four forward speeds. Quite a feat, considering that it has produced twice of that number in less than a decade. The unit’s bulk at 2746 kg is 160kg more than the claimed weight, but it’s still able to arrive at a 60mph sprint after just 5.7 seconds.
The Mulsanne also excels in its ride, enabling all around comfort on most road conditions. Unfortunately the chassis doesn’t have the capacity for the vehicle to absorb sharp shocks, which is expected of most limousines. When you go on Sport mode, there’s a tendency for the driver to push too hard. Yet at the same time it’s satisfying to see how fast you can go, assuring serious drivers of utmost satisfaction for the most part. A need for speed will definitely be delivered, but you still have to watch out for imprecise steering as you head into corners and progress into another setting.
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