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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Bentley Mulsanne By Mulliner.

  • 2017 Bentley Mulsanne By Mulliner
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    505
  • Torque @ RPM:
    752
  • 0-60 time:
    5.1 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    184 mph
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What makes the Bentley Mulsanne By Mulliner special

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Starting on the outside, the Mulsanne Grand Limousine is lengthened by a full meter and is 79 mm taller thanks to the bespoke roofline. The added length resides between the B-pillar and the rear wheels, with a longer rear door to accommodate the extra passengers’ entry and exit. A center section further adds length between the doors. The car is painted in a hue called Moroccan Blue with the hood, roof, and trunk painted in a contrasting Silver Frost. The 21-inch wheels then carry the Moroccan Blue color within its spokes.

Once inside the rear cabin, it’s easy to see why Bentley is showcasing this one-off built at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The four seats are enveloped a leather-lined cabin with real wood veneers, aluminum parts, chilled compartments for drinks, and connectivity for modern electronics.

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The rear cabin features a HVAC system that was specially designed by Mulliner to keep all four passengers comfortable. The center arm rests hold individual folding tables while the area behind the rearmost passengers holds a bottle cooler with frosted glass and crystal flutes. There’s also a separate cooler for soft drinks. When the passengers must request a stop or a change in destination, an intercom system allows conversation with the driver. There’s also three hand-crafted dials that tell UK time, local time, and the outside temperature.

Though the interior and exterior show obvious changes, Bentley’s customer didn’t request changes be made to the Mulsanne’s drivetrain. That means the twin-turbocharged, 6.75-liter V-8 is still in use, presumably making the same 505 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque. Performance numbers will take a hit, but not likely by too much. The standard Mulsanne can hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, so expect the Grand Limousine to take another half second.

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Of course, Bentley won’t release how much its customer paid for this one-off creation. The “standard” Mulsanne carries a starting price around $300,000, so expect the Grand Limousine to cost around $500,000. If that number sounds like a deal, you can have Bentley build your own version of the Grand Limo.

Bentley Mulsanne

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Read our full review on the Bentley Mulsanne here.

Press Release

Bentley unveils the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show today, showcasing the ultimate expression of bespoke automotive luxury, craftsmanship, individualisation and refinement.

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The Mulsanne Grand Limousine is one metre longer and 79 mm taller than Bentley’s new Mulsanne and features a unique interior with private-aviation-style seating configuration in the rear cabin.

Bentley’s first application of electrochromic or ‘smart glass’ – which allows passengers to switch the interior division and rear-cabin window glass between clear and opaque at the touch of a button – and a suite of onboard technology ensures the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner experience is both exclusive and luxurious.

This private commission has been designed, engineered and handcrafted by Bentley’s coachbuilding division, Mulliner, which has more than 100 years’ heritage in peerless bespoke automotive coachbuilding and fabrication.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, comments: “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. The attention to detail, quality, creativity and skill applied to every Mulliner commission is truly unique in the automotive world.”

Coachbuilt by Mulliner

Inside the ultra-luxurious, customer-commissioned passenger cabin is an experience evocative of the very best in luxury private-aviation design.

The original brief was to build a car with four rear seats of equal comfort. The four seats – two of which are rear-facing to allow face-to-face conversation – are generously accommodated beneath a uniquely handcrafted wood-veneered roof bow within a cabin trimmed in sumptuous leather.

Privacy is ensured by an electrochromic ‘smart glass’ division that changes from clear to opaque at the touch of a button. Bentley’s craftsmanship is also on show in the quality of the veneer panel encasing three dials displaying UK and local time as well as exterior temperature.

With the focus on the rear-cabin, a new HVAC system has been developed exclusively by Mulliner. Furthermore, the interior offers features such as iPad charging and docking stations, as well as veneered fold-out tables, a bottle cooler with frosted glass and crystal flutes, and a soft drink cabinet with bespoke tumblers. It has an intercom system to communicate with the driver and unique controls for the rear features.

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Throughout, only the most luxurious materials have been used to achieve exemplary levels of refinement. The opulence of the rear cabin is accentuated by the extensive use of wood and leather for which Bentley is renowned.

Finished in two-tone Silver Frost and Moroccan Blue, the greatest attention to detail has been applied to the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner. This is evident from the Flying ‘B’ mascot – engraved with the words ‘Coachbuilt by Mulliner’ – which stands above a unique iteration of Bentley’s iconic chrome grille and lower bumper grilles, designed specifically for this car.

The effortless lines that track from the bonnet along the sinuous body of the limousine conclude in beautifully resolved shoulders, melding the aesthetic purity of Bentley’s flagship car with the luxury of additional space inside. Beneath this delightful example of coachbuilding sit four unique 21” wheels, colour-matched to the exterior finish.

In accordance with the enhanced dimensions, the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner is fitted with a fully engineered powertrain, transmission and a re-engineered chassis and suspension, guaranteeing the highest possible degree of passenger comfort and safety in the longest ultra-luxury sedan in the world.

Mulliner – Rare by design

Mulliner exists to respond to the requirements of Bentley’s most discerning customers. In the world of Mulliner, anything is possible. Any type of personalisation can be undertaken to create a unique Bentley of individual taste. Whatever a customer desires, highly skilled and dedicated craftspeople – supported by the vast styling and engineering experience of Bentley – take a customer’s vision and turn it into reality.

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