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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mulsanne Hallmark Series by Mulliner.

What makes the Mulsanne Hallmark Series by Mulliner special

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Available in either solid silver or finished in carat-gold plating, the "Flying B" mascot is engraved on both sides.

Although the exterior features that come with Mulliner limited-edition are rather subtle, it becomes obvious that this is not a regular Mulsanne as soon as you look at the "Flying B" mascot on the front radiator. Available in either solid silver or finished in carat-gold plating, the mascot is engraved with "Commissioned" on one side and "By Mulliner" on the other. The next way to tell this version apart from the standard Mulsanne is to look for a matching fine line running the length of the body. Also available in silver or gold, the thin line starts from the outer headlamps and runs into the rear doors. From there, a different line ascends over the rear haunches and runs almost into the taillights. Although very subtle, the line adds a bit of elegance when paired with darker body paints.

Speaking of which, the Hallmark Series can be ordered in either two- or single-tone finishes. The former likely brings together just about any color combination available in Bentley’s palette. For instance, the carmaker showcased a gray car with blue top and gold highlights and a metallic blue one with a cream-like beige top and silver highlights. I like the second one better because it has a vintage feel to it, but the combinations available are basically endless. Rounding off the exterior design is a set of imposing 21-inch, polished alloy wheels and distinct Mulliner grille.

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All four seats are trimmed in contrasting hides, combining gray with either cream and light brown.

The silver/gold theme continues inside, where all four seats are trimmed in contrasting hides, combining gray with either cream and light brown, both seemingly selected to mimic the silver and gold detailing of the exterior. The rear seats also have Alcantara cushions matching the color of the front seats. Every upholstery element sports silver or gold embroidery, stitching, and piping, while the dashboard fascia has a silver or gold overlay with a "Mulliner" inscription, as well as solid silver or gold-plated inlay strips on all door waistrails.

Bespoke metallic silver or gold highlights the Hidden Delights storage spaces, a feature inspired by the tailoring of Savile Row suits. Mulliner also crafted special umbrellas and illuminated treadplates featuring model-specific numbers (numbered "1 of 50"). An optional Mulliner cocktail cabinet is also offered, but Bentley has yet to release specific information or pricing.

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The Mulsanne is able to hit 60 mph in a scant 5.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 184 mph.

Bentley had nothing to say about the drivetrain, so it’s safe to assume that nothing changes under the hood. As you may remember, the 2017 facelift didn’t bring any news either, so the Hallmark Series is "stuck" with the same 6.75-liter V-8 rated at 505 horsepower and a massive 752 pound-feet of torque. There’s no need to be disappointed though, as the Mulsanne is able to hit 60 mph in a scant 5.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 184 mph. The sedan uses the same eight-speed ZF automatic transmission as before, but employs new, active engine mounts and air suspension system with Continuous Damping Control.

Bentley usually doesn’t release pricing for Mulliner models, which is a matter of contacting the firm directly, so it’s not surprising that the Hallmark Series doesn’t come with an official sticker. However, with the standard Mulsanne retailing from around $300,000, it’s safe to assume that this limited-edition model, which will be built in only 50 units, probably costs anywhere between $350,000 to $400,000 before options.

Read our full review on the Bentley Mulsanne here.

Press Release

Bentley Motors is today unveiling the Mulsanne Hallmark Series by Mulliner – a highly exclusive limited edition inspired by the finest precious metals and luxury materials used by the very best jewellers.

This limited edition is available across the Mulsanne range, and is the ultimate statement of luxury from Bentley’s flagship model.

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Silver and Gold versions of the fifty-model series will be made available to customers. Precious metals have long been identified by hallmarks - stamps that prove their authenticity and value. Truly rare cars can be identified by hallmarks of their own; in this case bespoke Mulliner craftsmanship.

Exquisite design details from Mulliner – Bentley’s personal commissioning division – include a hallmarked silver or carat-gold-plated ‘Flying B’ mascot, a matching fine line running the length of the body; silver or gold metallic hide lining the storage compartments, complementery painted veneer and a stunning precious metal veneer inlay.

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The Beauty of Bespoke – An Exquisite Exterior

The famous retractable ‘Flying B’ mascot is engraved with ‘Commissioned’ on one side and ‘By Mulliner’ on the other, and is hewn either from solid silver (featuring the Bentley hallmark) or finished with carat-gold plating.

Both models feature an exquisite handpainted fine line running the length of the coachwork, in either gold or silver. Duo or single-tone paint finishes are available with the Hallmark Series by Mulliner.

The imposing 21” polished alloy wheels and distinct Mulliner (or optional Serenity) grille create the ultimate statement of luxury.

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Metallic Leather, Precious Metal Veneer Inlays and Bespoke Colour Splits

Inside, the Mulsanne Hallmark Series by Mulliner features front and rear seats trimmed in contrasting hides, to create a bespoke colour split. Stunning silver or gold embroidery, stitching and piping complete the exclusive interior design.

Unique metallic silver or gold hide lines the Hidden Delights storage spaces, inspired by the tailoring for the very best Savile Row suits. The hide on the seats and door panels has the delicate Mulliner quilting pattern, while the veneer is painted to perfectly match the secondary hide colour, creating a considered and elegant interior inspired by current interior design trends.

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The fascia has a silver or gold overlay with a ‘Mulliner’ inscription, and there are solid silver or gold-plated inlay strips on all door waistrails.

Alcantara rear cushions matching the secondary hide, city umbrellas, illuminated treadplates featuring model-specific numbers (e.g. ‘1 of 50’), complete the truly extraordinary interior of this new, highly limited-edition Mulsanne Hallmark Series. An optional Mulliner cocktail cabinet can also be specified.

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