The Bentley Mulsanne was unveiled at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and, with the exception of some special editions, it has remained the same ever since. For the 2014 model year, however, Bentley has announced a series of new luxury features, ranging from new suite of communication and entertainment system options up to new paints. This updated Mulsanne will be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and will go on sale one month later.
The most significant update includes the addition of two new packages — Comfort and Entertainment — that will update both the comfort and the technologically features of the Mulsanne.
Customers can also choose between three new exterior colors — Dark Cashmere, Portofino and Damson — combined with three new interior ones: Damson, Saffron and Brunel.
Unfortunately no changes were made in the place that needed it the most: under the hood. This means that the Mulsanne will continue to be offered with the same 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 as in the previous years.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Bentley Mulsanne.
For the 2014 model year, the only exterior update the Mulsanne received is the addition of three new exterior colors: Dark Cashmere, Portofino and Damson. The rest of the exterior carries over from the 2012 model year. With a car this stunning, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
|Dimensions & Capacities|
|Wheelbase (mm / in)||3266 / 10ft 8in|
|Overall Length (mm / in)||5575 / 219.49 inches / 18ft 3in|
|Width (across mirrors) (mm / in)||2208 / 7ft 3in|
|Width across body (mm / in)||1926 / 6ft 4in|
|Width with mirrors folded (mm / in)||1926 / 6ft 4in|
|Overall height (mm / in)||1521 / 5ft|
|Unladen Weight (kg / Ib) (Markets Outside North America)||2685 kg / 5919 lb|
|Unladen Weight (kg / Ib) (North America)||2711kg / 5676 lb|
|Gross weight (kg / Ib)||3200 kg / 7055 lb|
|Front axle weight limit (kg / Ib)||1479kg / 3261 lb|
|Rear axle weight limit (kg / Ib)||1721 kg / 3794 lb|
|Fuel tank (liters / gallons / US gallons)||96 / 21.12 / 25.36|
|Boot volume (liters / m3 / cu-ft)||443L / 15.75 cubic-feet|
The biggest updates for 2013 are inside of the cabin, where Bentley added two new specifications (packages), new technologies and, of course, new colors.
The first addition is the new Comfort Specification. It includes new comfort headrests, with manually adjustable wings for lateral support to aid relaxation when chauffeur-driven, new footrests trimmed in flat-cut cabin carpet and hide to match each individual vehicle.
The rear door receives an armrest storage compartment, while the seats receive fine-duck-down-filled loose cushions, trimmed using the same traditionally-tanned hide as the seats.
Next there is the Entertainment Specification that, in just a few words, allows you to bring your office into the car. It adds rear tables designed for an iPad and wireless keyboard. There is also an on-board Wi-Fi router, twin, headrest-mounted 8-inch LCD screens, a 20 GB hard drive and DVD player, two sets of Bluetooth headphones and a remote control.
The interior can be ordered in three new trim colors, perfectly matching the three new ones offered for the exterior: Damson, Saffron and Brunel.
Unfortunately Bentley opted to make no updates under the hood, so the Mulsanne will continue to be offered with the same twin-turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 505 horsepower and a peak torque of 752 pound-feet.
The engine will be mated to a ZF-built 8 speed transmission and will sprint the luxury limousine from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. This massive sedan can hit a top speed of 184 mph.
|Type||6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V-8|
|Bore and Stroke (mm)||104.15 and 99.06|
|Valve Gear||Two overhead valves per cylinder|
|Emission level/standards||EU 5 / LEV II|
|Max Power (bhp/kW/PS @ rpm)||505 / 377 / 512 @ 4200rpm|
|Max Torque (Ib-ft/Nm @ rpm)||752 / 1020 @ 1750rpm|
|Fuel||EU 95 to 98 RON US/ROW 92 to 98 RON|
|Battery (starter/hotel)||Main battery in boot H8 (92 Ah) AGM.|
Starter battery in boot H4 (51Ah).
|Alternator||210 A (water-cooled) Connected via LIN to battery management.|
|0-100 km/h (62 mph)||5.3|
|0-160 km/h (99 mph)||11.5|
|Maximum Speed (mph / km/h)||184 / 296|
The new Bentley Mulsanne will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show with sales to begin later in April. Prices will be announced at a later date.
With Maybach out of the picture, the only competitor for Bentley Mulsanne comes from Rolls Royce. The problem with the Mulsanne - strictly limited to its specifications - is that it is placed between the two models offered by Rolls Royce. For example Phantom is offered with a naturally aspirated 6.75-liter V-12 engine that develops 453 horsepower at 5,350 rpm and 531 pound-feet of torque, while Ghost gets a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine that delivers 563 horsepower.
The $290k price however, transforms the Mulsanne into a competitor for the Ghost, as the Ghost comes with a retail price of $250k. Forget about Phantom because for it you will have to pay much more than $400k.
- Updated interior
- The car still looks pretty cool
- Tons of new technology
- Fuel economy
- No engine updates
Gallery Bentley Mulsanne
Bentley is introducing a range of new luxury features to its flagship model, the Mulsanne, which make their debut at the Geneva International Salon d’Auto in March, with customer orders commencing in April.
A new Comfort Specification, including comfort headrests, footrests and duck down filled loose cushions has also been introduced to reaffirm Mulsanne’s reputation as a truly bespoke grand tourer.
Additional enhancements include privacy curtains, which promise to broaden the experience for the Mulsanne rear cabin occupants, allowing them to maximise work or rest as they travel.
An Entertainment Specification incorporates the latest in technological developments, with picnic tables designed for an iPad and wireless keyboard, with the cabin of the Mulsanne becoming a Wi-Fi Hotspot.
Other additions include three new paint options, extending the Mulsanne palette, and new bespoke fitted luggage.
Commenting on the new range of options for the Mulsanne, Member of the Board for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales Mr Kevin Rose, said: “The new features of the Mulsanne blend striking design with the latest in technology integration, enabling our pinnacle model to offer the grandest of touring experiences. The Mulsanne presents unrivalled luxury and effortless performance, and these enhancements will help broaden the appeal of the Mulsanne in new and emerging markets.”
Comfort and convenience
The new Comfort Specification includes new comfort headrests, with manually adjustable wings for lateral support to aid relaxation when chauffeur-driven. The super-soft headrests are designed to fold neatly, avoiding any creasing of the hide, while also extending lower than standard headrests to ensure maximum comfort for an even greater range of passenger statures.
New footrests are now available, trimmed in flat-cut cabin carpet and hide to match each individual vehicle. Designed to blend in and provide unobtrusive additional comfort, especially when rear seats are reclined. The footrests can be stowed under the front seats when not in use.
Seat comfort is extended with fine duck down filled loose cushions, trimmed using the same traditionally-tanned hide as the seats, included with the Comfort Specification. The design incorporates Bentley Winged Emblems, but also bespoke stitching or piping can be specified.
Further cabin revisions have been made, with a new rear door armrest storage compartment introduced as standard. This hide-lined compartment, in each rear door, can conveniently hold mobile phones, personal items or Bluetooth headphones for Rear Seat Entertainment.
Whether relaxing or working in the luxurious surroundings of the rear cabin, privacy can be attained through the touch of a button, with new privacy curtains offered as a Crewe-fitted option. Controlled from the driving seat or rear compartment via the window-lift switches, the curtains are fully integrated into the rear doors and rear windscreen surround.
Available in either Black or Ivory, the soft, opaque material gives the rear cabin a feeling of opulence and complete privacy, via one-touch operation with anti-trap protection.
Entertainment on demand
The new Crewe-fitted Entertainment Specification option offers a full menu of communication, entertainment and information, with rear picnic tables designed for an iPad and wireless keyboard.
Once deployed, the picnic tables reveal a smooth hide-trimmed writing surface, and at the touch of a button, the surface lifts to reveal a dedicated space for an iPad and keyboard, ready to connect to a web browser via the on-board Wi-Fi router.
Crafted in solid metal, fine veneer and hide, the tables feature an adjustable screen angle with an anti-trap sensor to protect fingers. An iPad can be charged when the ignition is on, yet is fully detachable but also out of sight once stowed.
The Entertainment Specification is further enhanced with twin, eight inch LCD headrest screens, incorporating a 20 GB hard drive and DVD player, played through a ‘Naim for Bentley’ premium audio system, while two sets of Bluetooth headphones and a remote control puts the power in the hands of the occupants.
Connectivity at the touch of a button
Connectivity is boosted with the introduction of a Wi-Fi router with a high speed Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) phone module and SIM card reader, located in the glove box, providing a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot for internet access which can be accessed by eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously.
There is a dedicated antenna housed in the boot lid, outside of the vehicle’s steel frame, giving improved signal strength versus a handheld device.
Extending the palette
Increasing Mulsanne’s leading choice of colours are three new additions to the palette, Dark Cashmere, Portofino and Damson.
Dark Cashmere is a versatile and sophisticated warm grey, while Portofino takes a new slant on Pale Sapphire, an already highly successful Bentley colour. Lastly, Damson is a rich, opulent colour with a velvet quality, deep tones and the subtle sparkle of rare purple diamonds.
There are also three additional hide colours, Damson, Saffron and Brunel. Damson is a rich, dark red designed to complement the new Damson paint, while Saffron is a warm, rich colour inspired by saffron bread. Finally, Brunel is a warm technical grey, designed to perfectly complement exterior colours in the grey and blue spectrum.
Bespoke Mulsanne Fitted Luggage
Intended for the discerning traveller, a range of bespoke Mulsanne luggage pieces hand made by renowned Italian luggage specialists Schedoni are now available.
The full collection is made of six pieces, two large cases, two small cases and two foldable garment bags. The overall shape of the luggage is inspired by the inner door panel design of the car, with the frame surrounding the main side panels echoing the main feature frame of the door with its characteristic twin ridge.
The frame also serves to neatly guide the luggage in position into the boot of the car whilst also protecting the handle.
The pieces are hand-made to customer’s specification, featuring monogram Bentley lining and embossed Bentley logos on the main panels and use the same hides that go into a Bentley car. The items can be purchased as a full 6 piece set, single or multiple bags.
The architecture of the luggage allows the possibility to offer a colour split between the frame and the main panel. Each set can be colour personalised, matching the primary hide colour of the interior of the car or the secondary, or even combining both.