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2017 Bentley Mulsanne

2017 Bentley Mulsanne
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  • Bentley Mulsanne
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    505
  • Torque @ RPM:
    752
  • Displacement:
    6.75 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.1 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    184 mph
  • Price:
    300000
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New face, revised technology, but the same engine

Launched in 2010 as a replacement for the Bentley Arnage, the Bentley Mulsanne has finally received its mid-cycle update. After months of speculation and camouflaged prototypes spotted as early as October 2015, we finally have confirmation that an updated sedan will arrive in dealerships in time for the 2017 model year.

Not surprisingly, Bentley didn’t meddle much with the Mulsanne’s design. The British brand is known for keeping a product around for more than a decade and throw in a few updates from time to time. This is exactly what happened with the Mulsanne, but to Bentley’s credit, the facelift brings more modifications to the exterior than expected. Maybe it’s all because Bentley has a new SUV in dealerships, which will most likely bite into Mulsanne and Flying Spur sales. With the Bentayga around to offer the same levels of luxury and a roomy interior, the Mulsanne needed a more comprehensive makeover in order to remain attractive.

Alongside the standard sedan, Bentley also unveiled the Extended Wheelbase and Speed versions of the Mulsanne. As the name suggests, the former comes with a longer wheelbase for enhanced rear-seat legroom, while the latter features a more powerful drivetrain among Speed-specific styling cues. All three cars will be showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show between March 1st and 13th.

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2018 Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner

2018 Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner

British automaker is celebrating its 100-year anniversary a year early

Bentley is turning 100 years old in 2019, and a year ahead of its centenary, the British automaker is getting the party started with the release of a new special edition Mulsanne that pays tribute to its founder, W.O. Bentley. Limited to just 100 units, the Mulsanne W.O. Edition gets plenty of exclusive features, all of which have been added by Bentley’s resident personalization savant, Mulliner.

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Noted German Tuner Wants To Build A Bentley Mulsanne Coupe

Noted German Tuner Wants To Build A Bentley Mulsanne Coupe

All because Bentley doesn’t want to do it itself

For those who have been reading Top Speed for quite some time now, you’ll know that we’ve been writing about some of the tuning programs created by German tuner McChip. Over the years, it’s created kits for a wide range of cars, including the Mercedes-SLS AMG, the Porsche Panamera, and even the Fiat 500. If diversity were the name of the tuning game, McChip would stand out head and shoulders above the rest. I mention all of this because the German tuner is back in the news, although this time, it’s not for another tuning program. Rather, it’s actually building a car none of us have ever seen before: a Bentley Mulsanne Coupe.

Yes, you read that right. McChip is building a one-off coupe version of the Bentley Mulsanne. It’s something that we’ve been waiting for Bentley to do since the luxury automaker unveiled the Mulsanne all the way back in 2009. It’s never happened so instead of waiting around for something that Bentley will likely never do; the German tuner is taking matters into its own hands, literally. There’s still a lot we don’t know about the build. To be more specific, we know nothing about McChip’s complete strategy for it. The tuner did say though that it’s looking to make extensive use of carbon fiber and create a new aluminum skin for the C-pillars to go with re-engineering specific sections of the Mulsanne’s bodywork. Those are only a few things that the tuner is looking to do on the road to creating the Mulsanne Coupe. It’s unclear how long the build is going to take, but rest assured, the tuner is serious about doing this, as shown by pictures of an actual Mulsanne getting prepped for the proverbial automotive surgery.

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2018 Bentley Mulsanne Design Series by Mulliner

2018 Bentley Mulsanne Design Series by Mulliner

Mulliner’s up to its tricks again

At this point, it’s reasonable to expect that whenever Mulliner and Bentley get together, something special is usually in the works. We’ve seen it time and time again, and now we can look forward to seeing two more Bentleys getting the full-scale Mulliner treatment. One of these models is the Bentley Mulsanne, and it’s headed to the Frankfurt Motor Show as the Mulsanne Design Series by Mulliner.

I know what some of you are thinking; another Mulsanne project by Mulliner? Does this ever end? Well, it’s unlikely that it will, but there’s no reason why it should end given the string of incredible projects undertaken by Bentley’s own personalization division. The Frankfurt-bound Mulsanne Design Series by Mulliner follows on the same path with its own set of upgrades and individualized design touches, though it is worth pointing out that as far as this particular example is concerned, there is something that’s, well, lacking. Maybe it’s the fact that we’ve all gotten used to Mulliner’s penchant for stringing along one exceptional program after another, but at some point, there will be a bump in the road, or to be more specific, something that doesn’t quite measure up to the obscenely high standards that Mulliner has created for itself. This is, in a lot of ways, one of the problems with Mulliner. Expectations always call for something exceptional, and yet, what happens when a program falls a tad short of that? Well, see for yourselves.

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Bentley Wants More One-Off Models In The Future

Bentley Wants More One-Off Models In The Future

Prepare yourselves for a lot more of Mulliner

Just when it started to feel like we’d never run out of limited edition and one-off Bentley models, no less than the company’s own design chief Stefan Sielaff has come out saying that we should prepare ourselves for such a future. Apparently, “exploring more one-off, bespoke vehicles” is one of Sielaff’s primary goals now that he’s been named the man in charge of Bentley’s Mulliner division. In his own words, Sielaff said that he wants to “explore” more of these models, where the “only limitation is the imagination of the customer.”

Those who love them some limited-edition and one-off Bentleys should be thrilled about this declaration, in part because of how Mulliner has legitimately positioned itself as one of the best personalization divisions of any automaker in the business today. Recent releases like its collaboration with Bamford show what Mulliner is capable of, even though it has rarely ventured into the world of complete stand-alone one-off models the way brands like Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, and most notably, Lamborghini have in the past. But there’s still time to change that narrative and it appears that time has come for Bentley. We’ve seen what Mulliner can do by stamping its identity on existing Bentley models. Now we’re about to see what it’s made of when it’s given a blank slate and the opportunity to create something entirely unique from it.

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2017 Bentley Mulsanne by Mansory

2017 Bentley Mulsanne by Mansory

German tuner takes muted approach in giving Bentley’s luxo-limo a tuning upgrade

You’d be hard-pressed to find a tuner that has embraced the outlandish more times than Mansory. Run down its catalog of past of works and they’re all there for you to see. There are the Siracusa kits for the Ferraris, the Carbonado kits for the Lamborghinis, and while I’m at it, remember the Bentley Continental Vitesse Rose from 2009? Yikes. As colorful as Mansory’s tuning history is, we can all agree that it makes the kind of statements that very few of its peers in the tuning game are able to do. Which is why it is a bit disappointing to find out that its latest program – one for the Bentley Mulsanne – came with a headline that begins with “subtle modifications.”

The words “Mansory” and “subtle” should be mentioned in the same sentence about as often as the words “Reliant Robin” and “reliable” are. And yet, here we are, presenting a Mansory program for Bentley’s luxury limousine that doesn’t quite feel like something that the German tuner worked on its tuning laboratory. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of fancy carbon fiber bits and pieces here and there. It even has a notable power upgrade, which is rare in the aftermarket scene for a car as massive as the Mulsanne. But since this is Mansory we’re talking about, there’s a level of audacious expectation that has to be met, one that I this program wasn’t able to reach. I don’t think it’s a sign that the tuner is slowing down on the imagination aspect of the game, so it does make me wonder if this is Mansory’s way of showing a side of itself that we rarely get to see.

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2017 Bentley Mulsanne Hallmark Series by Mulliner

2017 Bentley Mulsanne Hallmark Series by Mulliner

The "ultimate statement of luxury" is here to blow you away with silver and gold detailing

Introduced in 2010 as a replacement for the 11-year-old Arnage, the Mulsanne is currently Bentley’s range-topping sedan, sitting above the Continental Flying Spur in the lineup. The limousine received an equipment update in 2013 and various special-edition versions, including a performance-oriented Speed model until 2016, when a mid-cycle facelift was launched. Come 2017 and Bentley introduced the Mulsanne Hallmark Series by Mulliner, arguably the most exquisite limited-edition based on the full-size sedan yet.

Described as a highly exclusive model "inspired by the finest precious metals and luxury materials used by the very best jewellers," the Hallmark Series is available across the entire Mulsanne range, meaning it can be ordered for the extended wheelbase model too. Marketed as the "ultimate statement of luxury" in the Bentley family, the limited-edition model is quite the flamboyant proposition, being available in two-tone paint finishes and with either silver or gold highlights. A bit too flashy if you ask me, but I’m sure this model will be extremely popular in the Middle East where silver an gold emblems are a big thing.

The Mulsanne Hallmark Series by Mulliner makes its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, so make sure you stick around for photos from the event.

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2017 Bamford X Bentley Mulliner Mulsanne Speed

2017 Bamford X Bentley Mulliner Mulsanne Speed

One-off Bentley Mulsanne Speed designed for exclusivity

It’s safe to say that Mulliner, Bentley’s in-house bespoke personalization division, has established a reputation for being a purveyor of some of the most unique Bentleys we’ve seen in a long time. That’s what happens when you’re responsible for building one-off to limited edition models for the British auto brand. You’re afforded the freedom to be creative with your work and as far as recent examples are concerned – the Mulsanne Sinjari Edition being one of them – that’s exactly what Mulliner has done. Now, it’s at it again with another creation: a one-off Mulsanne Speed built specifically for George Bamford, the man behind Bamford Watch Department, regarded by many as the U.K.’s premier bespoke timepiece personalization company.

The one-off Mulsanne is formally called the Bamford X Bentley Mulliner and if you’re sensitive to cars that have been turned upside their heads, you might want to look away for this one. But if you can take the proverbial heat, then feast your eyes on this enthralling work by Mulliner.

Like most of the bespoke division’s past works, the Bamford X Bentley Mulliner is more than just an expression of extreme personalization. There’s a story behind the work that Mulliner put into this Mulsanne to make it a true and legitimate one-off piece. Specific materials and methods were used to represent the identity of the BWD brand, and like a true craftsman whose name and reputation are worth the land he’s standing on, Mulliner went over and above it’s own capabilities to create a bespoke Mulsanne that’s unlikely to be replicated anytime soon.

“This is personalization. This is how you do personalization.” This is what George Bamford himself said when he saw the Bamford X Bentley Mulliner.

Wiser words have never been spoken.

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2017 Bentley Mulsanne Sinjari Edition By Mulliner

2017 Bentley Mulsanne Sinjari Edition By Mulliner

Limited edition Mulsanne gets plenty of black and gold love

Bentley’s Mulliner customization division has been responsible for some pretty distinct works, none more recent than the GQ Korea Flying Spur that was designed by Korean designer Sang Yup Lee. The Korea-exclusive Flying Spur was extremely well-dressed, right down to the Magnetic of Onyx duo-tone paint finish and the garish interior modifications. Turns out, the GQ Korea Flying Spur isn’t the only Bentley that Mulliner has been working on. This one is the Mulsanne Sinjari Edition, a limited edition pièce de résistance earmarked specifically for the Middle Eastern market.

Inspired by the magnificent Sinjari falcon, the Mulsanne Sinjari is defined by significant changes to its exterior and interior, all of which were done by Mulliner’s fine craftsmen to exude the grace and majesty of its avian namesake. Considering that the Sinjari falcon is known for its black and gold feathers, Bentley’s personalization division saw fit to keep the inspiration as pure as can be, giving way to an instantly recognizable Mulsanne that’s unlike anything we’ve seen in some time.

It’s unclear how many units of the Mulsanne Sinjari Edition are in existence today, but a quick peek at Bentley’s Qatar-facing website shows that the model can be ordered in that country.

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Bentley Looking At Electric Future For The Mulsanne

Bentley Looking At Electric Future For The Mulsanne

Emissions standards and market conditions could force the British automaker’s hand

Electric cars are the future of the auto industry. That narrative has been pounded into the heads of everybody and yet, it’s also becoming more evident as more automakers disclose their respective EV plans in the coming years. The latest to do is Bentley, which apparently considering the possibility of releasing an all-electric version of the Mulsanne. The luxury and performance purists will undoubtedly gasp at the thought, but given that external circumstances are forcing Bentley’s hand, an all-electric Mulsanne may be more of a question of “when” than “if” it happens.

Hans Holzgarner, the Mulsanne’s product and marketing manager, recently spoke with Autocar about the thought of an EV version for Bentley’s flagship model and while he didn’t promise anything outright as far as production plans are concerned, there is an increasing awareness within Bentley that an EV Mulsanne is imminent.

It’s no secret that markets like China and several parts of Europe have become more proactive in encouraging a zero-emissions future. For Bentley to be able to cater to these markets properly, it’s going to have to abide by the dictates of markets that are already embracing electric vehicles. Bentley could find itself getting locked out of these places if it doesn’t release an EV version of the Mulsanne.

In Bentley’s defense, Holzgartner said that the company isn’t trying to fight the advent of electric vehicles. On the contrary, it’s already piecing together a plan that would allow it to meet the increasingly stringent demands of global emissions regulations while also retaining the Mulsanne’s overall character. How these plans will materialize is still being discussed, but at this right, nobody would be surprised if Bentley does end up releasing an all-electric version of the Mulsanne simply because the markets will end up dictating it.

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2019 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible

2019 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible

The Bentley full-size drop-top is about to return as a limited-production model with a ludicrous price tag

Launched in 2010, the current Bentley Mulsanne replaced the dated Arnage in the company’s lineup and revived a nameplate the brand previously used between 1980 and 1992. At 5,575 mm (219.5 inches) in length, the Mulsanne is currently Bentley’s largest sedan, sitting above the Flying Spur. The most interesting fact about the Mulsanne is that it received a styling language of its own, being the only Bentley that’s not based on the Continental. Updated in 2013, the full-size sedan spawned several special edition models, as well as a performance-oriented Speed model.

Scheduled to remain on sale for at least three more years, the Mulsanne could soon receive a two-door convertible version. Such a model has been in the rumor mill since 2012 and gained more traction in 2014 when the Brits showcased the Grand Convertible concept. The much-anticipated production model was canceled in 2015 when Wolfgang Durheimer was replaced by Wolfgang Schreiber as Bentley CEO, but now that the former has return to the helm of the brand, the Mulsanne cabriolet is back on the drawing board.

Bentley has yet to make an official statement about it, but Durheimer recently told CarAndDriver that the Grand Convertible concept could be turned into a production car in Mulliner’s workshop. The luxury drop-top would be built in a limited batch and sold with a huge sticker compared to the sedan. Should that happen, Bentley will offer its first full-size convertible since the 2009, when the Arnage-based Azure was discontinued.

There’s no specific timetable for the Mulsanne convertible, but this gives us just enough time to take guesses upon what it may bring to the table. We also created a rendering to go with our speculative review below. Check it out and stay tuned for updates.

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Bentley Prepares To Bring The 6.75-Liter V-8 Engine To An End

Bentley Prepares To Bring The 6.75-Liter V-8 Engine To An End

The 6.75-liter will be no more, but its sacrifice will pave the way for a new 12-cylinder engine

It seems hard to believe, but Bentley’s famed 6.75-liter V-8 engine has been around for 57 years. Over the years, the engine has been upgraded to comply with ever-increasing emissions and fuel economy standards that brought the aging power plant into the world of fuel injection, camshaft phasing, and stronger internal components. The engine hasn’t exactly exceeded its life expectancy yet, as Bentley could bring things like direct fuel injection of cam-in-cam technology, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.

Despite the fact that Bentley could continue to upgrade and morph the 6.75-liter to continue complying with current standards, Car and Driver reports that Bentley has chosen not to continue dumping money into the constantly aging engine. Apparently, Wolfgang Durheimer – the CEO of Bentley – said that the V-8 has found its “final home” and indicated that Bentley’s next flagship model will be powered by a 12-cylinder engine.

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering that BMW tried to kill off the L-Series engine in the late 90s when it introduced the 4.4-liter V-8. Of course, shortly after that Volkswagen took over and reintroduced the L-Series engine. Since then, the engine has been continuously upgraded, but as it goes in life – all good things eventually come to an end. Keep in mind that the 6.75-liter will still be around for at least a few years. Durheimer didn’t supply any timetable as to when it will unleash what is sure to be a beast of a 12-cylinder, and the Mulsanne was just updated for 2017, so Bentley has some time to develop its big power plant.

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Mulliner Could Build A Limited-Edition Bentley Mulsanne Convertible

Mulliner Could Build A Limited-Edition Bentley Mulsanne Convertible

Could arrive in 2018 and cost in excess of $1 million

In 2012, Bentley showcased a teaser of a Mulsanne-based convertible at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, getting everyone excited about a successor to the stately and elegant Azure. Originally slated for low-volume production, the drop-top was cancelled a year later, when Wolfgang Durheimer was replaced by Wolfgang Schreiber as Bentley CEO. The model came back into focus at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, where Bentley introduced the Grand Convertible concept, but Bentley declined rumors to turn it into a production model.

Come 2016 and a Mulsanne-based drop-top is again a possibility. That’s the word from Car and Driver, which claims that Durheimer’s return at the helm of the British brand will finally spawn a Bentley-badged competitor for the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. According to the source, the CEO is currently studying the possibility of having the Mulliner division built a small batch of only 20 convertibles that will be sold "to absolute connoisseurs at a very high price."

The publication goes on to speculate that the Mulsanne cabriolet will hit the market by 2018 and cost somewhere around £1 million, which converts to nearly $1.5 million. There’s no word as to what nameplate it will carry, but Azure seems to be the obvious choice if Bentley wants to make use of its rich heritage.

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2017 Bentley Mulsanne First Edition

2017 Bentley Mulsanne First Edition

Limited to only 50 units

At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Bentley Mulsanne finally received its mid-cycle facelift after more than five years in production. The update brought a new front grille and bumper, revised headlamps, new B-shaped wings on the front fenders, and new taillights on the outside, along with new wood veneers and a new infotainment system on the inside. The same upgrade was transferred onto the Speed model and the longer, Extended Wheelbase version. At the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, Bentley unveiled the First Edition, a limited-edition package that makes the Mulsanne a more exclusive vehicle.

Available for all three models, the First Edition is mostly about interior add-ons and does very little to change the sedan’s appearance. However, the interior comes with new features such as a luxury silver vanity kit and rare wood veneer, which are more than enough to turn the standard Mulsanne into a bespoke Mulliner vehicle. Bentley plans to build only 50 examples of the First Edition across the new three-model family. Not exactly a lot compared to other mainstream manufacturers, but it’s quite a lot judging by the numerous luxury features and the expensive sticker these sedans are expected to carry.

Bentley had nothing to say about pricing, but if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.

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2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed

2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed

The Mulsanne Speed comes well equipped with more horsepower and better performance

The Geneva Motor Show is one of the biggest auto shows in the world, so it is only fitting that just about every manufacturer – at least all the ones that matter anyway – bring their latest and greatest models to the show. You better believe Bentley is there, and this year it has debuted its refreshed Mulsanne. It didn’t bring just one model to the show, though; it brought two other models – the Mulsanne long wheelbase and the Mulsanne Speed. The latter is what I’m here to talk about today.

When you think about Bentley, it’s easy to imagine just relaxing in the back of one while some driver chauffeurs you from place to place. If that’s it what you want, you’ll be more interested in the long wheelbase Mulsanne. The Mulsanne Speed is meant to be driven, and fast, too. It’s a real driver’s car with a focus on unparalleled luxury. It’s suitable to be driven around in, but with a car like this, you’ll enjoy it a lot more if you’re the one at the helm.

If you’ve already seen the pictures of the new Mulsanne, and expected the Mulsanne Speed to host significant changes in appearance, you’re going to be disappointed. In classic Bentley style, the Mulsanne Speed does have some unique exterior styling cues, but the most important thing is what is going on in the drivetrain department. I’m covering all the details of the Mulsanne Speed right here, so sit back and click past the jump. Let’s get up close and personal with the Mulsanne Speed.

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2017 Bentley Mulsanne By Mulliner

2017 Bentley Mulsanne By Mulliner

Extreme opulence just got a lot longer

Bentley is known for producing some of the most posh and opulent vehicles on the road today. Only the finest interior materials are used by the craftsman who hand-assemble each car. But Bentley doesn’t offer a vehicle with seating for six – especially one configured with rear-facing seats. Not many automakers these days do. But when a customer approached Bentley’s customization department known as Mulliner, the company jumped at the chance to create something bespoke.

That’s just what happened here. This one-off customized Mulsanne is a full three feet longer than a standard Mulsanne, and offers seating for four in its rear cabin. A divider separates the driver and front passenger from the rear, complete with “smart glass” that changes from clear to opaque with a simple switch.

“The Mulsanne Grand Limousine showcases the exquisite craftsmanship of our in-house coachbuilder, Mulliner and exemplifies the way in which our experts consult with a customer to turn their vision into an extraordinary reality,” says Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley’s chairman and chief executive. “The attention to detail, quality, creativity and skill applied to every Mulliner commission is truly unique in the automotive world.”

It takes a second for the mind to wrap around the idea. A customer wanted a Mulsanne limousine, so Bentley built it. Talk about service. Unlike other luxury automakers’ customization departments, Mulliner doesn’t stop with bespoke paint colors or specialty-dyed leathers. Mulliner literally created a limo version – presumably by chopping the Mulsanne apart and adding length – for a single customer. While it’s hard to imagine the costs and labor involved, Bentley’s Grand Limousine is assuredly not cheap – not by a long shot.

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2017 Bentley Mulsanne

2017 Bentley Mulsanne

New face, revised technology, but the same engine

Launched in 2010 as a replacement for the Bentley Arnage, the Bentley Mulsanne has finally received its mid-cycle update. After months of speculation and camouflaged prototypes spotted as early as October 2015, we finally have confirmation that an updated sedan will arrive in dealerships in time for the 2017 model year.

Not surprisingly, Bentley didn’t meddle much with the Mulsanne’s design. The British brand is known for keeping a product around for more than a decade and throw in a few updates from time to time. This is exactly what happened with the Mulsanne, but to Bentley’s credit, the facelift brings more modifications to the exterior than expected. Maybe it’s all because Bentley has a new SUV in dealerships, which will most likely bite into Mulsanne and Flying Spur sales. With the Bentayga around to offer the same levels of luxury and a roomy interior, the Mulsanne needed a more comprehensive makeover in order to remain attractive.

Alongside the standard sedan, Bentley also unveiled the Extended Wheelbase and Speed versions of the Mulsanne. As the name suggests, the former comes with a longer wheelbase for enhanced rear-seat legroom, while the latter features a more powerful drivetrain among Speed-specific styling cues. All three cars will be showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show between March 1st and 13th.

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Top 5 Cars To Celebrate New Year's Eve

Top 5 Cars To Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Ready or not, here it comes – 2016 is nearly upon us, and the pressure is on to do New Years right. Some see the holiday as a beacon of hope, with the possibilities of an unwritten chapter and better things to come. Others see it as a clean slate, a chance to improve oneself through resolutions and personal goal setting. That’s all well and good, but honestly, December 31st is just an excuse to party – hard. And anyone serious about having a good time is gonna need the right set of wheels.

With that in mind, ditch the limo. Instead, look to rent something from this list and kick things off in real style. Elegance and luxury are paramount, and since New Year’s Eve only comes once a year, no expense should be spared. So hire or designate a driver, break out the champagne, and get yourself in the backseat of one of these rides, even if it is just for one night.

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XCAR Reviews Bentley Mulsanne Speed: Video

XCAR Reviews Bentley Mulsanne Speed: Video

In the world of high-end automobiles, there are usually two paths to take: the first is draped in finery, an extravagant experience for the passenger who is whisked away in the back seat in the utmost luxury, at ease and relaxed. The other is a realm of speed and tire smoke, where technology is in place not to coddle, but to render space-time as something pliable, ready to be molded under the furrowed brow of a driver in his element. These two spaces are seemingly at odds with one another, but that hasn’t kept automakers from attempting to stitch them together, just as Bentley tried to do with the Mulsanne Speed. Did it work? XCAR decided to find out with this video.

According to the review, part of this dichotomy is represented by Bentley’s current position, which is seen as pushing towards a performance-oriented future while honoring its luxury past. On one side are cars like the Continental GT and the EXP Speed 6 concept. On the other is the marque’s legacy, where attributes like comfort and stature were the primary concerns.

“People will sometimes oversimplify the difference between Bentley and Rolls-Royce by saying ‘you drive a Bentley, you’re driven in a Rolls-Royce.’ But that’s simply just not the case. You don’t buy a Rolls-Royce Wraith to be driven in it,” the narrator says. The Mulsanne, on the other hand, was definitely designed with the back seat passenger prioritized.

But there’s a problem. The Speed adds power and a sporting edge to a car that wasn’t necessarily meant to be a performer to begin with. So where does that leave it?

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Bentley Mulsanne Speed Vs. Mercedes Maybach: Video

Bentley Mulsanne Speed Vs. Mercedes Maybach: Video

Have you ever had a difficult time deciding whether to buy a Bentley Mulsanne or a Mercedes-Benz S-Class? Of course you have, it’s something we all struggle with almost daily. Motor Trend did a video comparison of the Mulsanne and the S65 AMG a while back, but now there is an S600 Maybach and a Mulsanne Speed, making the previous video worthless as a means of easing our anxiety over the decision of which car to buy. But just in time to keep us from spiraling into a serious depression over it, Motor Trend has released a new video.

Since this is a comparison of two limousines, the reviewer only gives a brief impression of what the cars are like from behind the wheel, and the majority of the review takes place from the back seat. The level of comfort, quality of the materials and ease of access to champaign are all factored into this review, but it obviously mostly boils down to a matter of taste, as both are pretty exceptional vehicles.
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2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Blue Train By Mulliner

2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Blue Train By Mulliner

Bentley may lack the advantages of a bespoke division that would help it compete better against Rolls-Royce, but the luxury automaker is trying to keep more pretentious buyers happy by creating several limited-edition models through its Mulliner division. The latest project to come from the former coachbuilder is the Mulsanne Speed Blue Train, which celebrates 85 years since Woolf Barnato beat the Calais-Mediterranee Express in an epic train vs car race in 1930. But before we take a closer look at the bespoke 2015 Mulsanne Speed, I will talk about Barnato’s spectacular achievement from more than eight decades ago.

Also known as the "Blue Train," the Calais-Mediterranee Express was a luxury French night express train used by the wealthy and famous to travel between Calais and the French Riviera. It gained international fame in the two decades before World War II and received its "Blue Train" name because of its dark blue sleeping cars. In 1930, while staying in Cannen, then-Bentley chairman Woolf Barnato accepted a wager that not only could he beat the train back to Calais, but that he could also arrive at his club in London before the train even reached the English Channel, by driving a 1928 Speed Six saloon.

Barnato, who was a two-time Le Mans winner at the time, and his co-driver won the race by reaching London four minutes before the "Blue Train" arrived in Calais, thus winning the £100 bet. Barnato was later fined for by the French authorities for racing on public roads.

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Best Year For Bentley's Power on Ice

Best Year For Bentley’s Power on Ice

The Power on Ice driving experience was a Bentley-themed exhibition of big power and all-wheel grip. The event was held on the frozen lakes of Finland this past January and February, giving enthusiasts the chance to sample some of the British automaker’s fastest machinery.

Over 200 participants honed their car control skills behind the wheel of a Continental GT3-R and Mulsanne Speed, making big slides and misty white trails across tracks set atop ice that was six-feet thick. The brain behind the track design was Finland’s very own four-time WRC champion Juha Kankkunen, who took lucky guests for a ride-along to demonstrate the cars’ high capabilities. 

With studded tires and heated leather seats, the four-day affair melded comfort with adrenaline, providing race instruction and the freedom to push the sports cars to their limits. Additional activities included snowmobiling, ice karting, nighttime husky sled adventures, a traditional Finnish smoke sauna and dinner at a historic reindeer farm. 

Bentley donated two spaces for the event as prizes in a competition to raise money for Care2Save, a charity to improve hospice and palliative care around the world. One winner, Ian Bradley, commented – “Getting behind the wheel of a Bentley on a frozen lake in Finland was truly exhilarating. The opportunity to passenger with Juha Kankkunen, while enjoying luxurious hospitality, contributed to what was a once in a lifetime experience, and all for a worthy cause, Care2Save.”

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2015 Bentley Mulsanne Majestic

2015 Bentley Mulsanne Majestic

The Bentley Mulsanne was unveiled at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as a successor to the Arnage and a competitor to the Rolls-Royce Ghost. Launched in the United States for the 2010 model year, the Mulsanne also revived a nameplate previously used between 1980 and 1992. Relatively unchanged since its introduction – there was only an equipment update in 2013 — the Mulsanne awaits a much-needed facelift in 2015. Meanwhile, the British company continues to roll out special-edition models of the luxury sedan, the latest of which is the Majestic.

Specifically crafted for the Middle East, the Majestic package brings bespoke exterior paint and exclusive 21-inch wheels to the Mulsanne, as well as additional luxury features inside. Various options that enable customers to make their version unique are also available. Bentley plans to build only 15 of these cars and sell them through selected dealers in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates in hopes of giving Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke-crafted products a run for their money. Is the Mulsanne Majestic luxurious enough for the highly customizable and opulent Ghost Series II? Keeping reading to find out.

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2015 Bentley Grand Convertible Concept

2015 Bentley Grand Convertible Concept

Ever since the Arnage was replaced by the Mulsanne in 2009, Bentley ceased to offer a full-size convertible to go against the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. The Azure, the two-door, convertible version of the Arnage was the last Bentley directly aimed at the Drophead Coupe, with that mission being somewhat transferred to the Continental Convertible, a smaller, yet more powerful vehicle. Rumors about a Mulsanne Convertible have been floating around since 2011, but we have yet to see more than a couple of sketches. This just changed at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, where Bentley introduced the Grand Convertible, a full-size, drop-top concept car based on the Mulsanne.

Although Bentley had nothing to say about possible plans to put the Grand Convertible in production, the concept looks ready to hit the assembly line and we have reason to believe the Brits are finally rolling out a replacement for the Azure. We’ll be on the lookout to find out more about what Bentley intends to do with it, but in the meantime let’s have a closer look at the Grand Convertible or the company’s first full-size cabriolet in five years.

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2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed

2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed

The modern Bentley Mulsanne came to be in 2010, when the British luxury firm introduced it as a replacement for the Rolls-Royce-era Arnage. It also marked the return of a nameplate Bentley previously used between 1980 and 1992. Named after the Mulsanne Corner of the Le Mans racing circuit, the new four door features a brand-new design language, a more luxurious interior, and a twin-turbo 6.75-liter V-8 engine that while new, it was still based on a Rolls-Royce design. Following many special-edition models, the Mulsanne received a higher-performance trim in 2014, dubbed Speed and inspired by the Continental GT using the same badge.

For decades now Bentley has been a strong competitor to the likes of Rolls Royce. They offered machines like the Mulsanne that offered ultimate levels of comfort and luxury for the dignitaries, rulers and drug-lords of the world. But then Volkswagen rebadged the Phaeton to create the Continental and things changed forever.

Bentley instantly swapped from a boring ho-hum brand of machines for the ultra-rich to a company that offered sporting luxury GT cars like Aston Martin and Maserati. Then Bentley went and made a faster, better version they dubbed Speed and it was good. For 2015, Bentley injected a bit of speed and excitement into its lineup and made a new Speed version of the Mulsanne.

That is right, Bentley has taken its gigantic luxo-barge and crammed it full of engine and upgraded chassis bits to create the Mulsanne Speed. Despite record levels of power and performance for the brand, Bentley was smart to keep a rather subtle (or as subtle as a giant Bentley can be) exterior design.

Did Bentley just create the ultimate luxury sleeper? Read on to find out all the details and decide for yourself.

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2017 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible

2017 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible

Bentley’s CEO, Wolfgang Duerheimer, has made it clear a convertible version of the 2014 Bentley Mulsanne will happen. In fact, he says we can expect to see a production-ready version at an auto show in late 2016, perhaps even at the LA Auto Sow. “Wait for the next motor shows to come and what we have to announce, but I can tell you that we are taking close care about the Mulsanne," Duerheimer told Automobile Magazine. "Mulsanne will get further derivatives, and we are going to enlarge this beautiful flagship model line.”

That news means more after understand the back story. Duerheimer served as the Chairman and CEO of Bentley between 2010 and 2012. At that point. Another Wolfgang took over – Wolfgang Schreiber. Upon Schreiber’s arival, he killed off Duerheimer’s plans to create a drop-top version of the Mulsanne, saying it merely had “just a regional demand” and lacked a strong business case.

Well the tables turned and Schreiber’s position at Bentley was handed back to Duerheimer in 2012. Returning to his former position, Duerheimer told Automotive News, “When I returned, I was a bit irritated by the fat that no work had been done on this project in two years.”

Since that time in 2012, Duerheimer and his team at Bentley have been working to develop the high-end convertible. It’s even confirmed that Bentley dealers are already taking orders for the car.

If all holds true, the Mulsanne Grand Convertible should hit showrooms in mid to late 2017.

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Video: Bentley Presents "Intelligent Details"

Video: Bentley Presents "Intelligent Details"

It certainly goes without saying that there are few automakers in this world that can compete with Bentley’s status as a premier luxury brand. But being identified with luxury isn’t the only thing that Bentley is proud of; the company also has this goal of combining all that class and elegance with technology. So the company developed a new four-minute short film, titled "Intelligent Details," to specifically showcase how it has achieved blending luxury and technology in one package.

The short film is told through the words of Bentley Director of Design Luc Donckerwolke and Head of Exterior Design Sang Yup Lee. While riding the Mulsanne in the streets of New York, the two describe the company’s goal of offering
"performance that’s compatible with luxury", something Donckerwolke proudly claims no other auto brand in the world can claim.

The two also talk about a new goal for the company to turn the interior of its vehicles into its own living space that’s largely attributed to a renewed sense of empowering it with interior infotainment technology. This is where the short film comes circle in a really cool way. We’re not going to spoil you the ending of the video, but what Bentley used to develop, create, and edit this four-minute short film certainly may shock you, given its professional quality.

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2014 Bentley Mulsanne 95

2014 Bentley Mulsanne 95

Founded in 1919 by Walter Own Bentley, British luxury automaker Bentley is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the Crewe-based manufacturer is rolling out a special-edition Mulsanne that will be sold with in special heritage colors, and with exclusive features inside and out.

Dubbed Mulsanne 95, the limited edition four-door sedan was created with help from the company’s iconic Mulliner division, who will also be in charge with the vehicle’s hand-crafted assembly process.

Three bespoke exterior colors have been conceived specifically for the Mulsanne 95, while a Flying B mascot finished in a dark tint and large, 21-inch five-spoke wheels will further add to the sedan’s sumptuous appearance. The details are much more intriguing on the inside, where customers will be greeted by luxurious wood veneers and bespoke "Ninety Five" scripts.

But before we take a deeper dive into the Mulsanne 95, we’d like to break the only bad news about it. Only 15 examples of this limousine will be built and all of them will be sold sold in the United Kingdom exclusively. No soup for you, North America!

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2014 Bentley Hybrid Concept

2014 Bentley Hybrid Concept

Okay, we’ve seen Porsche, BMW and Audi all experimenting with hybrid and electric cars, which is okay. But now things are getting a little more upscale in the electrification of luxury cars to help boost mpgs without losing performance and comfort. The latest of the entrants is Bentley with its Beijing-bound Hybrid Concept, which is little more than an electrified and copper-accented Mulsanne. Hey, if you’re gonna reveal a new hybrid engine, then why not show it off in your flagship sedan?

The details are still a little scarce on the Hybrid Concept, but Bentlry did let us in on a few details. We know that the hybrid drivetrain will carry the same 6.75-liter V-8 gas burner as the base model, but with electric motors added to boost fuel economy and output, while decreasing CO2 emissions. According to Bentley, this drivetrain bumps fuel economy up by 25 percent and guts CO2 by 70 percent.

What’s more, this drivetrain is in Bentley’s future plans, and it will slowly make its way into every Bentley vehicle.

we expect to hear more about the car following its debut at the Beijing Auto Show on April 20th.

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2014 Bentley Mulsanne Birkin Limited Edition

2014 Bentley Mulsanne Birkin Limited Edition

The recent line of special-edition Bentley Mulsanne models is about to gain a new addition with today’s unveiling of the Mulsanne Birkin Limited Edition. But before you start tying up this Mulsanne with those Birkin bags from Hermes, understand that we’re talking about a totally different inspiration for the former.

That inspiration comes in the form of Sir Henry Ralph Stanley ‘Tim’ Birkin, a legendary race car driver from the 1920s and 1930s who was also identified as a style icon in his own right. He’s like David Beckham in today’s time, at least if Beckham raced cars for a living as opposed to kicking soccer balls.

In any case, the Birkin inspiration was intentional, in large part because the racer was considered a true and true Bentley Boy and this lineup of Mulsanne models — 22 models in total — pays homage to the man with numerous unique styling details representing only the finest in British luxury.

The Mulsanne Birkin Limited Edition is available in three colors — Ghost White, Damson for a more vibrant touch, and a sophisticated contrast of Fountain Blue and Dark Sapphire — each carrying a distinctively unique appeal in it of themselves. Door sill plaques have also been added, each carrying a distinctive number to represent which of the 22 models it is.

Inside, its a picture of luxury, one that can only be identified as a true Bentley. Striking 3D ‘Flying B’ logos have been stitched into the headrests and inlaid into the wood of the front fascia and rear picnic tables. Similarly, the seats and door panels were given intricate diamond quilting patterns and complemented by the indented leather headlining and ‘knurling’ details that were done on the cabin’s metalwork.

One thing we know for certain: very few cars in the world come with the same level of intricate and extravagant handiwork that was done on the Mulsanne Birkin Limited Edition.

And if those aren’t enough, the 22-unit vehicle can also be bought with an Entertainment Specification package, which includes twin 8-inch LCD screens in the rear of the seat headrests, a DVD player, a Wi-Fi hotspot, the Naim for Bentley premium audio system and iPads integrated into the hand-crafted solid wood picnic tables.

Luxury meets functionality meets technology meets exclusivity. That, in a nutshell, is how you can put the Bentley Mulsanne Birkin Limited Edition into proper context.

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2014 Bentley Mulsanne Shaheen

2014 Bentley Mulsanne Shaheen

How about an extra helping of luxury on top of your super-luxury car? WEell, that’s what Bentley just did with its Mulsanne flagship sedan at the Dubai Motor Show.

This special edition Mulsanne Shaheen created specifically for Middle East marke, and draws inspiration from the Shaheen eagle - a bird of prey that pay an important part in Middle Eastern culture and society.

It features a paint job inspired by the colors of the Shaheen eagle, using Tungsten over Onyx for the exterior, and Magnolia and Beluga leather combined with Dark Stained Burr Walnut Veneer for the interior. A special Mulsanne Shaheen logo was also adorned on the rear iPad picnic tables using a gold overlay.

The car rides on unique, 21-inch alloy wheels combined with sports-tuned suspension and steering.

Other options offered for the Mulsanne Shaheen include a Wi Fi hotspot; a large tilt-opening, tinted glass sunroof; and an exquisitely designed, electrically operated bottle cooler.

Talk about an overload of top-line luxury features. We’re wondering just how much this bad-boy with cost.

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Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Gets the Boot

When Bentley introduced the Mulsanne Vision Concept at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it did so believing that the car would garner significant attention that would inevitably lead to the company green-lighting a production version sooner than later.

Well, it appears that even the best laid plans sometimes go up in smoke after Bentley CEO, Wolfgang Schreiber, officially confirmed that the a production Mulsanne convertible isn’t in the cards anymore.

Speaking to Car & Driver, Schreiber stated that Bentley will not do the Mulsanne Convertible anymore because the demand for the car isn’t strong enough to justify the time and resources the company would have to put into it. "The demand for a Mulsanne convertible is just regional," Schreiber explained before saying that only a handful of markets like the U.S. would welcome a convertible model of the company’s flagship luxury sedan.

It’s also worth pointing out that the sedan version of the Mulsanne didn’t exactly burn the sales charts when it went on sale — last year’s 1,169 units sold barely crossed the 1,200 mark — so the decision to ax the convertible model isn’t exactly surprising, especially in light of the company’s renewed attempts at building a new crossover.

Make no mistake, the British marquee still has plans of expanding its lineup in the near future. It’s just that the Mulsanne Convertible won’t be a part of it anymore.

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Video: Floyd "Money" Mayweather Shows Off His Vegas Car Collection

Video: Floyd "Money" Mayweather Shows Off His Vegas Car Collection

Fresh off of disposing Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in one of the most clinical displays of boxing you’ll ever see, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is back to living large like nobody else can.

He pocketed a cool $41.5 million as his fight purse alone, and that number is expected to hit anywhere from $85 to $100 million when all is said and done. So yeah, the nickname fits the man, so they say.

Mayweather’s status as one of the richest athletes in the world also affords him some nice luxuries, one of which he proudly displayed during the recent build-up to the Alvarez fight.

Over in his Las Vegas home, Mayweather has a pretty sick car collection. It’s not sick because of the quantity. It’s sick because of the quality of machines he has inside his Vegas property. Oh, and they’re all white too, which has become a color of choice whenever Mayweather is shopping for a new set of wheels.

Take a look at the collection and tell us you’re not impressed. There’s a Lamborghini Aventador, a Ferrari 599 GTB, a Ferrari 458 Spyder, a Rolls-Royce Drophead, a Bentley Mulsanne, a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a Bugatti Veyron, and his personal favorite, a 1996 Mercedes S600 V12 sedan, which we assume was his first car after turning pro in 1996. In case your head is spinning just trying to tally up the rough total of those cars, it is somewhere between $3.5 and $4 million, depending on the years and the options on each car.

But the best part about Money May’s extravagant car collection? It’s not the only one he has. He’s got one in Miami, Los Angeles, and God knows where else.

That’s how you collect in style, fellas.

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Bentley Looking to Expand its Lineup in the Coming Years

With Maybach out of the picture, it’s not surprising to hear that Bentley plans to expand its lineup and enter new segments. The first model to roll out looks like it will be a convertible version of the current Mulsanne. According to a report coming from Automotive News, if the model gets approved, it will hit the market sometime in 2015. In fact, we have already seen sketches of the Mulsanne Convertible in August 2012.

Next, there will be a new premium crossover priced at about $250,000. The new crossover will be built as a production version of the EXP 9 SUV Concept, and it will arrive on the market in 2016. Just like with all of Bentley’s future models, the new crossover will share its platform with other models from the crowded Volkswagen Group. In the case of the crossover, it will share a platform with Lamborghini, Audi and Porsche.

The last model to arrive will be a new-generation Bentley Continental. It will be built on the same platform as the Audi A8 and Porsche Panamera,and will be offered in the usual GT coupe, GTC convertible and Flying Spur sedan.

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2014 Bentley Mulsanne Le Mans Edition

2014 Bentley Mulsanne Le Mans Edition

For all the attention the Bentley Continental GT Le Mans Edition models are getting - and rightfully so - it’s important to note that Bentley also released a Le Mans Edition model for its flagship model, the Mulsanne.

For this model, Bentley really went to work on giving the Mulsanne Le Mans some unique styling cues, particularly the interior. Diamond-quilted hide seat coverings are just the start. There are also diamond-quilted hide door panels, illuminate tread plates, drilled alloy foot pedals, a Le Mans Edition clock face, an embroidered Le Mans badge on each headrest and tread plates with the limited edition name.

Outside, a new sport-tuned suspension and ‘Quad’ Effect Tailpipe Finishers were added and rounding out the whole package are a new set of two-piece five-spoke dark tint alloy wheels.

While the Continental Le Mans Edition models are getting more of the love, don’t sleep on the Mulsanne Le Mans, either.

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Video: Jackie Chan Stars in Bentley Mulsanne Visionaries Film

Video: Jackie Chan Stars in Bentley Mulsanne Visionaries Film

We know that only certain types of people are big fans of Bentley cars, but for sure everyone out there is a big fan of Jackie Chan. He is one of the few actors in Hollywood that performs his own crazy stunts, making him a favorite among movie goers, so Bentley’s decision to feature him in their latest Bentley Mulsanne Visionaries films is not a big surprise.

The episode he was featured in is called "Up in Smoke." The short film was shot in China and presents the dualist character of the Mulsanne: sophistication combined with impressive athleticism.

In this episode of the Bentley Mulsanne Visionaries series, Jackie finds himself chauffeuring a businessman through the streets of China. As the businessman reclines his seat to catch a few minutes of shut-eye, Jakie flips a switch in the massive luxury car and shows us just how athletic this monster is. After Jakie has had enough, he simply tops the car, gets out a “poof” he disappears.

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2014 Bentley Mulsanne

2014 Bentley Mulsanne

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.

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2012 Bentley Mulsanne Executive Edition

2012 Bentley Mulsanne Executive Edition

If you enjoyed the Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept, Bentley, which was unveiled back in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, you will be happy to know that Bentley is offering a production model of this office on wheels. This model has been specially developed for those that cannot let a minor detail, like traveling across town, interrupt work.

The new Mulsanne Executive Edition offers its rear passengers the greatest comfort ever offered in a limousine, along with all of the latest technologies needed to work while traveling. This model comes with free WiFi, two iPads with built-in keyboards, two screens inside the headrest and a 15.6-inch centrally located high-definition LED screen.

The car is also fitted with a Mac Mini, controlled by the supplied wireless touchpad. The passenger can access it via the twin USB ports positioned in the center console.

Bentley announced that the new Mulsanne Executive Edition can be customized by each client, depending on his personal needs and wishes.

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2013 Bentley Mulsanne Vision

2013 Bentley Mulsanne Vision

The Bentley Mulsanne Vision is little more than a concept sketch to all of us so far, but that doesn’t stop us from using our imagination in creating it. We passed the sketch off to our talented rendering artist and he came back with a full scale image of what we think the Mulsanne Vision will look like.

Much like the current Mulsanne, the Vision model will boast the signature circular headlights and marker lights up front. It will also boast the same pronounced hood as the base sedan model that it’s derived from. One large difference on the front end of our rendered Vision and the current Mulsanne is that the lower grille in the Vision is open instead of grated.

As you continue down the front of the car, the Vision Mulsanne shows the same signature styling of the current Mulsanne sedan. The differences really come once you hit the doors. The Mulsanne Vision is, of course, a convertible model and features just a pair of doors, as opposed to the Mulsanne’s typical four doors and hard top. Short of those differences, the doors boast almost identical styling.

Once you reach the rear quarter panel, you catch a few more refinements given to the Mulsanne Vision to make it more muscular looking than its 4-door version. The body line that goes over the wheel arch on the sedan version shows elegance, whereas the Vision model shows some added aggression, as the body line starts lower on the quarter panel and swoops upward before sweeping toward the rear of the car, toward the ground, then back toward the rear of the wheel arch.

We are still unsure what’s under the hood of this massive drop-top, but we all assume that it will carry a 12-cylinder engine, as Bentley is reportedly killing off its 6.75-liter turbocharged V-8 engine.

We’ll keep you updated on the 2013 Mulsanne Vision and get you some official images and information as soon as possible, so stay tuned!

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2013 Bentley Mulsanne Vision Concept

2013 Bentley Mulsanne Vision Concept

British luxury car maker, Bentley, knows how to make waves in the auto industry. Three years ago at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, they unveiled their new flagship sedan, the Mulsanne.

On the same event three years later, Bentley followed it up with the Mulsanne Vision Concept, a convertible version of the Mulsanne and the likely successor of the Azure as their top-dollar convertible model.

While the company didn’t release official photos of the Mulsanne Vision Concept, they did drop a number of sketch photos of the convertible concept, all while touting it as the potential future of the marque’s flagship family.

"The modern, luxurious, high-tech Mulsanne saloon provides a perfect foundation on which to create the world’s most elegant convertible," said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive. "The Convertible Concept will extend the appeal of the Mulsanne family, while enhancing the profile of the Bentley brand, particularly in new and emerging markets."

The Mulsanne Vision Concept exudes the elegant and graceful form of a coach-built marque car, complete with sculpted lines and muscular haunches that convey a sense of power and movement to the luxury car. The interior of the concept was also described as having a spacious yet intimate cabin design that’s inspired by luxurious, high-performance power boats.

Noted for its unrivaled combination of chic, contemporary design, and the painstaking attention to detail and luxury refinement that Bentley is known for, the Mulsanne Convertible Concept is yet another proof that when it comes to high-end luxury, only a few can lay claim to Bentley’s position as one of the best in the business.

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Luxury car sales continue to skyrocket with Bentley posting 6 month sales surge

On the back of Porsche, Ferrari, and Fisker all posting extremely impressive sales figures for the first quarter of 2012, British luxury automobile manufacturer, Bentley has joined the growing list of high-end car companies increasing profits, recently posting a global sales surge of 32% over the past 6 months.

That 32 percent increase equates to 3,929 new cars being delivered to customers, and has also resulted in the U.S. becoming the firm’s largest market once again after it was overthrown by the emerging Chinese market last year. In saying that, however, sales in China skyrocketed by 55.7% in the first half of 2012, equaling 1,059 cars delivered, while the U.S. market grew by a more modest 25.7% or 1,140 new cars delivered.

These increases in sales were partly due to the rapid rise in demand for the brand’s flagship Mulsanne rising by 30%, while deliveries of the Continental GT increased exponentially by 48.5%. In addition to these impressive individual results, sales in Europe increased by 22.9 percent (607 new vehicles), the Middle East also grew by 47.9 percent (346 cars delivered) while the U.K saw a more modest increase of 4.5 percent.

Bentley’s former Chief Executive, Wolfgang Durheimer who we now know has moved to Audi, stated, “Our half year results show strong growth for Bentley in every single global region. The competition between the Americas and China continues and we are watching closely to see who will emerge as the largest region in 2012. “

“Sales are being driven up by our flagship Mulsanne which is up 30% following strong interest in the US and China. We are also pleased to see the continued growth of the new Continental GT W12, our pinnacle performance coupé,” he continued.

“I am very optimistic about the future for Bentley. We are gaining more momentum every month due to the strong performance of our global dealer network, the appeal of our existing model line to customers and the exciting future models like the Continental GT Speed we have in the pipeline.”

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2012 Bentley Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Edition

2012 Bentley Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Edition

Very few people in this world are held in higher regard than Queen Elizabeth II. So when Bentley introduced a special edition Mulsanne at a gala event to open their new dealership in Beijing in honor of the Queen, none of us were really all that surprised.

The model is called the Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Edition and with the opening of the dealership coinciding with the Queen’s birthday, it only seemed appropriate for the British luxury maker to pay tribute to their beloved figurehead.

The Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Edition will only be limited to 60 units with each vehicle presenting a year of the Queen’s reign. Likewise, each model distinguishes itself courtesy of a range of handcrafted features that include gold stitching embroidery on the headrests, veneered picnic tables in the rear cabin, and decorated with a gold overlay, a design that apparently pays tribute to the royal carriage. Lastly, the Mulsanne Jubilee Edition also comes with highly-polished, stainless steel treadplate plaques bearing a ‘Bentley Mulliner, England’ and ‘Diamond Jubilee Edition’ script as a way to distinguish the special edition model from the rest of the Mulsanne’s in the world.

“This series of special cars, hand-built by our Mulliner Division, is our way of reciprocating the appreciation for British institutions, creativity and services we have been shown in China," said Richard Charlesworth, Director of Royal and VIP Relations for Bentley Motors.

"And as proud holders of a Royal Warrant we also wanted to provide some memorable examples of British technology and craftsmanship.”

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2012 Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification

2012 Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification

Bentley is making its way over to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show packing a highly distinctive and sporting interpretation of their luxurious Mulsanne model. The Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification Edition receives many new features, as well as debuting two new options for the full range of Mulsannes.

The Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification will be distinguished by a pair of sweeping wing vents made from cast, polished stainless steel, a black matrix grille, a new set of unique 21-inch alloy wheels, Bentley Flying ‘B’ wing vents, and Diamond Quilted leather trimmed cabin with driver-selectable, sports-tuned suspension and steering. Powering this luxurious model will be the usual 6.75 liter V8 engine delivering 505 HP, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The combination will allow the Mulsanne to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, on its way up to a top speed of 184 mph - impressive numbers for a luxury limousine.

The Mulliner Driving Specification is set to be revealed next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!

UPDATE 03/07/2012: We have added a series of new, live images from the Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner’s official debut in Geneva. Check them out in the picture gallery!

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Ex-Porsche Employees Ready to Expand Bentley's Lineup

Ex-Porsche Employees Ready to Expand Bentley’s Lineup

Yesterday, there were reports that the new generation Porsche 911 would be around for the next 14 years, sprouting off a ton of variations in the process. The number of variants really isn’t anything new though. Wolfgang Durheimer had a hand in developing this game plan during his stay at Porsche and, now that he has moved on, Durheimer plans to do the same with Bentley. The Porschification of Bentley is further underway with the addition of ex-Porsche engineer, Rolf Frech, as Chief Engineer for Bentley starting in November 2011. Together, these two are ready to tackle Bentley’s future.

p>"We can make more of the Continental line up than we have today," Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said. "I could see it developing as the 911 derivatives did; lightweight models, special models, that was a very successful strategy. With the Mulsanne we get requests all the time for a longer wheelbase model, for instance. The question is whether we do it as a special order or put it on the model line. We are evaluating it, but I have no doubt we could also sell that type of car in the US and China."

Bentley’s new plans for their lineup include a Mulsanne convertible and coupe, as well as a few new versions for the Continental line-up currently consisting of the Supersports, Flying Spur, GT, and GTC models. Rumors about coupe and convertible versions of the Mulsanne have been circulating for some time now, but now it’s official. It is also believed that a Mulsanne convertible will revive the Azure name.

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2011 Bentley Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept

2011 Bentley Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept

There’s always a fine line between ultra luxury and just being extravagantly over-the-top. British automaker, Bentley, knows a thing or two about luxury and at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the company showed off exactly what it’s all about with the new executive interior concept for the brand’s flagship model, the Mulsanne.

Turning the Mulsanne into an Apple multimedia connective hub, Bentley went completely bananas in outfitting it with just about every product Apple has on the market these days, save for an actual fruit basket of the doctor’s best friend. There are Apple iPads with Bluetooth keyboards, a Mini Mac in the boot compartment, and an Apple Media Center. The concept interior also carries ’W-Lan’ internet connectivity, and a 15.6" High Definition LED drop-down monitor. There are also two electric-powered, foldable wood veneer picnic tables, an illuminated center console, individual armrests for the rear seats, various new storage areas, and a Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) and audio system.

If your head’s spinning from all the features included in the Executive Interior Concept, you’ll have to sit down, take a deep breath, and keep on reading. They’re not done. The final list of additions for the whole interior concept include a Tibaldi pen, a cooler, a Privacy Telephone handset, and numerous lights set-ups, as well as other ports and connectors.

According to Bentley, the whole set-up takes up to 170 hours, which means that all that hours spent working on the interior will warrant charges that will be beyond absurd. Bentley hasn’t announced how much it will cost, but you only need to read all the elements included to determine that it’s going to cost more than you can afford.

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Bentley Estede Mulsanne Sunglasses

Bentley Estede Mulsanne Sunglasses

Bentley Motors and Estede are celebrating their first year anniversary of partnering together by releasing a limited series of solid gold sunglasses that will cost you the price of a decent-sized car.

We’re not joking; that’s just how Bentley and Estede roll.

The Bentley Estede Mulsanne sunglasses are available in either 18ct solid gold, silver palladium, or platinum with Bentley’s famed "B" logo settled in hand-polished enamel coating with full engraved surfaces. Each pair of sunglasses are made to order and will be individually numbered to only 100 pieces per color variation. What’s more, these glasses use special lenses that offer the latest in lens technology with state of the art lens coating.

So how much is a pair going to cost? Well, we advise you to sit down before you continue reading. The cheapest of the lot - the 18ct models - will set you back €7,700, which is about $11,000 based on current exchange rates. More expensive than that is the limited edition 18ct gold sunglasses that retails for €10,000, which is around $14,400. And then there’s the grand daddy of the collection: the platinum sunglasses. Each pair will set you back a ridiculous €31,500. Convert that and you get $45,400.

What recession, right?

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Ultimate Factories - Bentley Mulsanne

In the wake of what has been a busy week covering the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, we kind of left out a few important things taking shape this week, including the latest episode of National Geographic’s "Ultimate Factories".

The show, which actually airs tonight, will feature the latest handiwork of one of the world’s most exclusive and luxurious car brands, Bentley and their flagship luxury car, the Mulsanne.

Far and away, the Bentley Mulsanne is one of the most detailed cars to be built these days. Taking up well over nine weeks to build this precious masterpiece, the Mulsanne is finely-manicured to and designed with the greatest of care by the engineers working at the company’s production facility. One of the key ingredients that make up this world-class luxury car is the fine leather that’s personally hand-sewn by the people at Bentley Woodshop.

Seeing as the Mulsanne has over 300 wood panels and one panel takes over an hour to fully craft, you can imagine just how far and extensive Bentley goes to ensure that their customers receive nothing but the best in the Mulsanne.

To get you amped up for tonight’s episode, you can check out the teaser video National Geographic made.

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2011 Bentley Mulsanne drops by Jay Leno’s Garage

It takes a man of a certain, shall we say, status to be able to have one of the most luxurious automakers in the world come pay him a visit in his own garage, bringing with it it’s new flagship luxury sedan.

If it were up to us, we wouldn’t hesitate for a second having Bentley over for some leftover cookies and milk in our homes, but we’re quite certain that even with the invitation, the folks form Crewe, England wouldn’t even give us the time of day.

But apparently, Jay Leno doesn’t even need to send invitations; Bentley will do the inviting for him. The late-night talk show host and car aficionado of a different kind recently hosted Bentley and it’s new pride and joy, the 2011 Mulsanne, in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.

In the episode, Leno is joined by Rodney Moore, Bentley’s Regional General Manager to talk shop about the 2011 Mulsanne and all its luxury goodness. As with almost every car that finds its way into Leno’s Garage, the comedian was given the keys to the luxury vehicle so he could take it out for a spin along the streets of Southern California. Not one to waste a perfectly good opportunity for a nice test drive, Leno works up the Mulsanne quite nicely during his run on the streets with it.

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Motor Trend compares the Bentley Mulsanne to the Hyundai Equus

Motor Trend compares the Bentley Mulsanne to the Hyundai Equus

We suspect that either Motor Trend has gone off the deep end or they just have too much time on their hands, but whatever their rationale is, they decided that there’s a reasonable comparison to be made between the venerable Bentley Mulsanne and the Hyundai Equus.

You probably noticed that we didn’t have any adjectives connected to the Equus because, to be honest, when it’s sitting next to a Mulsanne, it doesn’t need any adjectives.

Okay, we may be coming down too hard on the Equus, which really isn’t fair. It’s a beautiful car that deserves praise on its own merits. But we’ll call a spade a spade: the only thing the Equus has on the Mulsanne is that it’s price tag is one-fifth of that of Bentley’s luxury flagship sedan.

Apart from that, comparing these two luxury cars is like comparing Kobe Bryant to Joe Johnson, which really isn’t much of a comparison if you know how the NBA works. That said, the whole Bentley-Equus comparison by Motor Trend is still worth a watch only because it reinforces the Grand Canyon-sized disparity between the two.

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Bentley Mulsanne sold out

Bentley Mulsanne sold out

Even though the Bentley Mulsanne luxury sedan carries a price tag of $285,000 on the US market, doesn’t mean that it can’t be sold out until 2012. That’s right, Bentley has allocated a number of 200 units for this year, but customers have already placed 800 orders.

So, why not just bump up the number of units to be produced? Well, the Mulsanne is entirely hand built so the process is a little more painstaking than your average Joe car. In fact, the Bentley Mulsanne takes about 170 man hours for the entire process. That’s including 26 hours for the engine build and 86 hours for the painting alone.

The Mulsanne is powered by a 6¾ Liter V8 that develops a maximum output of 505 HP while at the same time producing a very broad torque curve that peaks at 752 lb-ft of thrusting force. The sprint from 0-60 can be made in 5.1 seconds.

For anyone who did not have the opportunity to place their order, breathe easy. There’s still hope because the British company has announced they will increase capacity in order to keep up with the demand. We can only imagine they will increase the number of coffee pots and overtime hours to pull this one off, but it just might be worth it in the end.

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Video: Bentley releases first driving footage of 2011 Mulsanne

Video: Bentley releases first driving footage of 2011 Mulsanne

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True to its reputation as one of the most elegant and classiest car brands in the world, Bentley recently released a video of its new flagship sedan, the Mulsanne, being taken for a lovely ride along the streets and hills of Scotland.

If you’re looking for smoking tires or screeching brakes, you won’t find either of those things in this video. What you will find is the Mulsanne in all its high-brow glory in a leisurely drive around the countryside. No frills and certainly no thrills; only class personified - just the way the Bentley Mulsanne likes it.

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Bentley Mulsanne: Testing and Final Production

Bentley Mulsanne: Testing and Final Production

Interior, color, V8 engine, build; Check, check, and recheck. That seems to be the mantra while the Bentley Mulsanne is in production. Bentley has released what we think will be the final episode of the building of this particular car and although we love the final product, we also loved the way in which it was produced. Each video exemplified the detailed and thorough technique used to create the Bentley Mulsanne and we couldn’t be happier with this inside look of the process.

In this episode, Bentley shows us what happens during the final production, testing, and sendoff. Of course, the final production must endure 503 individual checks before even being considered for the next two stages.

“New colleagues are sometimes surprised by the lengths we go to and have been honest enough to admit that what we consider an issue would not register at another facility.” Donna Morrey, inspector for Bentley, explains.

After this thorough and complete check, the automobile undergoes road testing by Jason Davies and his team of very lucky drivers. These drivers take a predetermined 21 mile route around the facility testing every aspect of engine performance, ride quality and cabin refinement. As if that was not enough, the Bentley Mulsanne then has to undergo a simulated torrential downpour to ensure the vehicle is airtight before being able to go to the final signoff.

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