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THE GRANDEST OF GRAND TOURERS
LOOKING TO THE PAST TO REFINE THE PRESENT.
Taking its inspiration from some of the greatest of W.O. Bentley’s creations of yesteryear, the Bentley Mulsanne generates its own echoes of that remarkable era.
This is a car that makes the joy of driving its central focus. Whether you are behind the wheel or as a passenger, every journey is an event.
Within its sumptuous interior time can seem to stand still, for the Bentley Mulsanne is laced with power; enabling its occupants to drive, relax, converse and enjoy themselves in impeccable style, at remarkable speeds. W.O. would heartily approve.
A V8 FOR THE 21ST CENTURY.
When developing the engine for the Bentley Mulsanne, our engineers set themselves three challenges. First, the engine needed to produce effortless torque from extremely low revs. Secondly, it should maintain the highest levels of refinement at any speed. Thirdly, and of equal importance, it would need to satisfy strict environmental emissions standards for years to come. Challenge accepted.
While other powertrain configurations were considered by the Mulsanne engineers, it became clear that these targets, along with the massive torque that is such a trademark of every grand Bentley, could be best achieved with a V8 engine.
Every major component from the forged crankshaft to the pistons to the connecting rods are now designed to be light and strong to reduce internal loads and friction for even better engine response. To achieve a significant reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions plus improved refinement and torque, the Bentley Mulsanne’s V8 sees the introduction of two revolutionary control systems: Cam Phasing and, a first for the flagship motoring sector, Variable Displacement.
The pioneering use of these two technologies in combination allows the engine management system to adjust the V8’s breathing, thereby improving idle quality and increasing torque from low revs. The overall result is an improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions of up to 15 percent. Not to mention that massive 1020 Nm of torque. Challenge, well and truly met.
CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY MEETS CUTTING-EDGE DESIGN.
Upon entering the cabin of the Bentley Mulsanne, it’s the impeccable craftsmanship that inevitably catches the eye. But behind those exquisite veneer surfaces, you’ll find an up-to-the minute infotainment technology that is also incredibly simple to operate. One that is totally unobtrusive, staying true to Bentley’s core design values.
The face of the system is a hi-resolution, eight inch screen that’s completely concealed behind a beautifully-veneered panel when not in use. The heart of the system is a 60GB hard drive, with 20GB available to store thousands of your favourite music files.
With a single command, the voice-activated screen illuminates enabling you to control a range of integrated applications. These include navigation, the audio system, iPod™ or other media connection, plus telephone and car functions – such as the rear view camera and tyre pressure monitoring.
The latest 3D satellite navigation ensures you are never lost for directions, with full voice-controlled postcode entry available. For even greater convenience, rear seat passengers can now exercise navigation control too. Bluetooth™ telephone connectivity is seamlessly integrated with the on-board systems to keep you in touch with the outside world at all times.
The Bentley Mulsanne’s standard audio system comes with 14 speakers powered through 6 channels, digital sound processing and full iPod™ and MP3 compatibility including cover artwork display. It even has a unique hide-lined drawer to hold your iPod™ or other media devices. While for any audiophile, the option of an exclusively designed 2200W, 20 speaker custom-made Naim® sound system is music to the ears.
The new optional Entertainment Specification includes twin electrically-deployed picnic tables with concealed iPad holders, integrated charging and dedicated space for Apple wireless keyboards, Naim Audio, Rear Seat Entertainment System and wi-fi hotspot, providing a supremely comfortable working environment or a world of entertainment at your fingertips.
MAKING THE CABIN COME TO LIFE.
The interior of the Bentley Mulsanne is unlike any other car in the world. Step inside and you immediately become immersed in a unique atmosphere where carefully positioned mood lighting and the aroma of leather are complemented by knurled stainless steel, smooth wood veneers and cutting-edge technology. All exquisitely packaged for your comfort.
The attention to detail on show is befitting of a flagship Bentley. Take the sumptuous leather, handpicked from herds in cooler climates where the lack of insects means blemish-free hides. Soft and supple, they are then tanned in a traditional process, originally used during the construction of fine furniture pieces that optimises their natural aroma.
A stunning continuous wooden waist rail surrounds the entire cabin and our world-famous mirror matched veneers make a perfect symmetrical pattern across the entire car. Only in a car like the Mulsanne could you achieve such a remarkable design signature.
The optional bottle cooler holds two champagne bottles in a canted position (so that a half-full bottle can be placed there without spillage). Its contemporary design with a powered, frosted glass cover and white LED lighting is complemented by the champagne flutes, designed for Mulsanne by David Redman of London and was inspired by the 5-spoke Mulsanne alloy wheel design.
The Bentley Mulsanne now has a range of new features available, designed to enhance rear cabin privacy and comfort:
The Entertainment specification with iPad picnic tables and wi-fi hotspot gives you the opportunity to work, catch up with social media or just relax with a movie or your favourite music.
The Comfort specification includes rear seat headrests with airline “sleeper” style adjustable wings, foot rest and loose cushions all matched to your vehicle interior.
Privacy curtains, electrically-deployable and fully integrated into rear doors and seat surround, give the rear cabin a feeling of opulence and complete privacy from the outside world.
ADVANCED AND ELEGANT IN EQUAL MEASURE.
The Bentley Mulsanne’s design is a unique fusion of sportiness, coach-built elegance and solidity. Drawing on the great Bentleys of the past, the Mulsanne features a bold frontal design dominated by the traditional Bentley matrix grille and prominent, round inner headlamps with chrome surrounds. For added distinction the chrome bezels are embossed with the Bentley name.
To create as refined a car as the Bentley Mulsanne in the 21st century requires a blend of technology and craftsmanship that can only be found at a marque like Bentley. The car’s elegant form is created by experienced coach-builders hand-brazing different thicknesses of steel to create a seamless flush fit, alongside an advanced process known as Superforming, in which aluminium panels are heated to 500˚ C and then forced into shape using air pressure.
Racing is also clearly in the Mulsanne’s bloodline with classic sporting proportions distinctly evident. The long bonnet, short front overhang and longer rear overhang help to convey a sense of dynamism and movement, reinforced by muscular haunches and sharply sculpted lines that flow gracefully from the front wings to the rear.