Bentley Mulsanne may refer to: Bentley Mulsanne 2010, a luxury car produced by Bentley Motors from 2010 Bentley Mulsanne 1980–92, a performance luxury car produced by Bentley Motors from 1980 until 1992
ⓘ Bentley Mulsanne (2010)
The Bentley Mulsanne is a handmade full-size luxury car manufactured by British automobile manufacturer Bentley Motors in the United Kingdom. The car is named after the Mulsanne Corner of the Le Mans racing circuit, where Bentley race cars have won six times in the past in the 24 hours racing format.
The Mulsanne nameplate was last used by Bentley for a four-door saloon/sedan that was built between 1980 and 1992. It was resurrected as the nameplate for what would become the replacement for the Bentley Arnage, Bentleys then flagship model. The new Mulsanne was unveiled at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours dElegance, on 16 August 2009. At the time of its launch, a coupe and convertible variant were expected to follow at some point as replacements for the Arnage-based Brooklands and Azure respectively but those variants never came to fruition. Like the Arnage, the Mulsanne retains the venerable 6.75 L 6.750 cc/411 in³ Bentley L Series V8 engine, modified to meet Euro V emissions regulations. The engine is lighter and features cylinder de-activation and variable cam phasing to improve fuel efficiency. Unlike the less expensive Continental Flying Spur and Continental GT, the Mulsanne shares fewer common components with other marques in the Volkswagen Group.
The Mulsanne is the first flagship car to be independently designed by Bentley Motors in nearly 80 years. The last independently designed Bentley automobile was W.O. Bentleys 8 litre model in 1930, after which most Bentleys shared platforms with Rolls-Royce cars.
2.1. Models Mulsanne 2010–2020
The new Mulsanne was unveiled at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours dElegance, followed by the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, 2010 North American International Auto Show, and the 2012 Qatar Motor Show.
The first car produced, with chassis number 00001, was sold in 2009 at the Gooding & Company Pebble Beach auction for US$500.000 US$550.000 after buyer premium to an undisclosed bidder. Deliveries to the UK began in Summer 2010.
Features include stainless steel knobs on the dashboard which control the vent plungers which are electronic micro switches that control electric servos. The feedback remains that of a metal rod to control the damper.
Customers have a choice of 114 exterior colours, 21 carpet colours, nine wood veneers, and 24 interior leather hides, as well as a choice to specify a customised colour scheme. The rear seating area may be configured to accommodate either 2 or 3 passengers. A Naim Audio 2.200 watt audio system with MP3, Bluetooth, and an MMI capability is optional.
Winter accessories were introduced in 2011. In 2012 several new features were made available on the 2013 model year; a new optional Bentley-designed luxury bottle cooler and rear cabin storage area with space for two full-size Champagne bottles in a canted position, three hand‑blown and hand-cut lead crystal champagne flutes with white LED accent lighting designed by David Redman of London, 21-inch five-spoke Sports alloy wheels, optional tinted glass sunroof in the front cabin.
2.2. Models Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification 2012–2020
The Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification is a special version of the Mulsanne with 21-inch light aluminium alloy wheels with race‑derived titanium fasteners, bright-finished wheels in painted and polished finishes, 265/40 ZR21 tyres, sweeping wing vents in cast polished stainless steel, Drive Dynamics Control system with Sport setting, leather hide on the front and rear seats and door casings features an intricate Diamond Quilting pattern with indented leather headlining, cool-metal interior door handles with knurled or coined surface finish, Organ Stop air ventilation controls and gear lever, leather gear lever with Baseball-style cross stitch, accelerator and brake pedals finished in drilled alloy, choice of over 100 exterior colours, unbleached premium quality veneers with two marquetry options, choice of 22 leather hides.
The Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, followed by the 2012 New York International Auto Show, 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
2.3. Models 2013 equipment update
The updated Mulsanne was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The Comfort specification includes new comfort headrests with manually adjustable wings for lateral support, new footrests with trimmed in flat-cut cabin carpet and hide to match each individual vehicle, fine duck down filled loose cushions seat and a new rear door armrest storage compartment as standard.
The Premiere Specification includes ambient interior mood lighting, bright stainless steel external trim, flying B radiator mascot, rear view camera, seat ventilation and massage function along with a veneered iPod drawer.
The Entertainment specification includes picnic tables with iPad and keyboard compartment, an adjustable screen angle with an anti-trap sensor; 2 8-inch LCD headrest screens 20 GB hard drive and DVD player played through a Naim for Bentley’ premium audio system, two sets of Bluetooth headphones and a remote control.
Other options include rear cabin privacy curtains, a Wi-Fi router with a high speed Universal Mobile Telecommunications System UMTS phone module and SIM card reader in glove box, a dedicated antenna housed in the boot lid outside of the vehicles steel frame, 3 new colours Dark Cashmere, Portofino and Damson and 3 new hide colours Damson, Saffron and Brunel.
2.4. Models Mulsanne Speed 2014–2020
The Speed is the performance derivative of the Mulsanne and offers greater performance and more premium features compared to the standard model. The 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine is modified and is rated at 395 kW; 530 hp 537 PS and 1.100 N⋅m 811 lb⋅ft of torque meanwhile the standard models engine is rated at 512 PS 377 kW; 505 hp and 1.020 N⋅m 752 lb⋅ft of torque) and benefits from a 13% increase in efficiency as a result of a newly redesigned combustion system that promotes a much faster and more controlled combustion process. This gives the Speed a 0–97 km/h acceleration time of just 4.8 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds faster than the standard model. Meanwhile, the top speed is increased from 296 to 306 km/h 184 to 190 mph. Other features specific to the Speed include a Sports mode in the suspension system settings, more assertive styling features such as a dark tint finish applied to the exterior stainless steel matrix grille, distinctive headlights, a" floating ellipse” design on the rear taillights, Bentleys first ever directional style wheel and tyre set, and twin rifled exhaust tailpipes. Interior features include a new and unique colour split with new stitch lines that balances diamond quilted light-colour hide with darker, smooth hide, a 60 GB on-board hard drive, electrically-operated tables with recesses and connections for iPads and matching keyboards, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
2.5. Models Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase 2016–2020
The Bentley Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase "EWB" was unveiled during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and was designed with the rear-seat passenger in mind. The EWB features an additional 250 mm 10 in of rear legroom over the standard model, airline-style extending legrests and a rear compartment sunroof. Bentley has developed optional airline-style electronic leg rests for the EWB which are seamlessly integrated into the bases of the two rear seats. These extend out and pivot, giving the choice between upright, relaxed and reclined seating positions. The large-format sunroof features an Alcantara sunblind, is standard on the EWB, and can be controlled by the passengers or the driver. An optional centre console, crafted from the finest veneer, metal, glass and leather, can be ordered to divide the rear seats. The rear seats can also be specified with folding picnic tables. Electric privacy curtains are fitted as standard to the EWB and can be tailored with either a black or ivory coloured lining. Comfort headrests, super-soft Alcantara headrest cushions and a powered Alcantara roller blind are additional options unique to the EWB.
2.6. Models Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Edition 2012
The Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Edition is a limited 60 units version of the Mulsanne commemorating Queen Elizabeth IIs birthday and Diamond Jubilee. Notable changes included bespoke embroidery to all four headrests using gold stitching, veneered picnic tables in the rear cabin decorated with a gold overlay depicting a royal carriage, hide cushions featuring the same motif, polished stainless steel treadplate plaques with Bentley Mulliner, England script and Diamond Jubilee Edition.
The model was unveiled at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Sanlitun district.
2.7. Models Mulsanne Executive Interior 2012
The design of the Mulsanne Executive Interior was based on the Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept. The car is offered in two Specifications, Theatre and iPad. The iPad Specification includes 2 electrically-deployed veneered picnic tables for rear passengers colour-matched to the seats of the Mulsanne and two iPads with wireless keyboards. Mulsanne Theatre Specification includes a 15.6-inch centrally located HD LED screen or 8-inch screens fitted within the front seat headrests and a boot-mounted Apple Mac computer.
The Mulsanne Executive Interior with iPad Specification was unveiled at the 2012 Moscow International Auto Salon.
2.8. Models Mulsanne Le Mans Edition 2013
The Mulsanne Le Mans Edition is a limited version 48 units per model of the Mulsanne for the North American market, commemorating Bentleys six victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Each car included a unique Le Mans Edition numbered badge, Le Mans Edition clock face, embroidered Le Mans badge to each headrest, tread plates with the limited edition name, unique Le Mans Edition wheels and specific interior veneers and exterior colours. The LeMans Edition consisted of six models, named after the winning drivers:
The models were unveiled at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours dElegance and went on sale in third quarter of 2013.
2.9. Models Mulsanne Shaheen 2013
The Shaheen is a Limited Edition version of the Bentley Mulsanne equipped with the Mulliner Driving Specification as standard. The Shaheen was unveiled at the 2013 Dubai Motor Show and specifically developed for the Middle East market, with design details inspired by the Shaheen eagle, a bird of prey that is embedded in Middle Eastern culture and society. Changes include Tungsten over Onyx paintwork inspired by the colourings of the Shaheen eagle, Magnolia and Beluga leather interior upholstery, Dark Stained Burr Walnut Veneer, a bespoke signature Mulsanne Shaheen logo on the rear iPad picnic tables using a gold overlay, iPad picnic tables, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a large tilt-opening tinted glass sunroof, and an electrically operated bottle cooler.
2.10. Models Mulsanne Seasons Collectors Editions 2013
The Mulsanne Seasons Collectors Editions 慕尚四季臻藏版 are limited 10 units for each of orchids Spring, bamboo Summer, chrysanthemums Autumn, and plum Winter; 1 unit for Golden Pine Whole Year Edition) versions of 2014 Bentley Mulsanne with Mulliner Driving Specification for China market, inspired Chinas culture. Designed with Lin Xis interpretation of the Chinese Four Seasons, all models include 21-inch Mulliner Polished Wheel, twin picnic tables. Each model includes a season-specific theme except Golden Pine:
The vehicles were unveiled at the 2013 Guangzhou International Auto Show. The Golden Pine car was sold for 8.880.000 yuan, while other models were sold for 6.880.000 yuan.
2.11. Models Birkin Edition Mulsanne 2014
The Birkin Edition is a Limited Edition model of the Bentley Mulsanne equipped with the Mulliner Driving Specification and Entertainment Specification as standard. The Birkin Edition was inspired by Sir Henry Tiger’ Tim Birkin and limited to 22 units exclusively for the European market. Other features specific to this model include a choice of 3 body colour schemes, numbered door sill plaques, a unique 21-inch wheel design inspired by those on the original Mulsanne concept car, a 3D Flying B logo stitched into the vehicle headrests and inlaid into the wood of the front fascia and rear picnic tables, a tailored luggage set individually numbered and hand-crafted to match with the interior of each car.
2.12. Models Mulsanne 95 2014
The 95 is a Limited Edition version of the Bentley Mulsanne developed to celebrate the companys 95th anniversary, and limited to 15 units reserved exclusively for the UK market. Exterior colour options unique to the 95 include Britannia Blue, Empire Red or Oxford White over an interior of blue and white two-tone leather divided by red stitching. Other features specific to this model include the words Ninety Five’ joined by Union Jack Flags on illuminated treadplates, the number ’95’ is also embroidered onto the front and rear seats, the Flying B bonnet mascot with a darker tint, and wood veneer that Bentley claims is sourced from a fallen walnut tree aged between 300 and 400 years old.
2.13. Models Mulsanne Speed "Blue Train" Edition 2015
The "Blue Train" is a Limited Edition version of the Bentley Mulsanne Speed created to celebrate the 1930 Bentley Speed Six coupe that famously outran the so-called" Blue Train” Calais-Mediterranee Express from Cannes to Calais, going so far as to return to London four minutes before the train reached the English Channel. A total of four Bentley Mulsanne Speed "Blue Train" models would be built, in celebration of the four-minute victory. Two of the cars were rendered in Beluga solid black and the other two cars were open to custom paint schemes. Other features specific to this model include 21-inch black wheels with polished centers, a chrome grille surround with a black square-mesh insert evocative of the original Blue Train, a Bentley Drivers Club badge fixed to the grille, a retractable Flying B engraved with the words" Blue Train 85 Years”, Burnt Oak and Camel leather, door stitch patterns that mimic the original car, sill plates and headrests showcasing the original cars silhouette, and a rendering of the original car in the burr walnut passenger-side wood veneer. The first production unit featured a unique picnic set, trimmed with the same two-tone leathers as the interior of the car, containing Robbe & Berking silver cutlery, Haviland Limoges porcelain, Linley crystal champagne flutes, and an Angora picnic rug. The Mulliner team handcrafted the leather cutlery holders as well as the leather rug holder which featured "Blue Train" embroidery. The picnic set was offered as an option for the other three cars.
2.14. Models Mulsanne W.O. Edition 2018–2020
The Mulsanne W.O. Edition was presented at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show as a 100th anniversary celebration of the founding of Bentley Motors by W.O. Bentley. Designed by Mulliner, each W.O. Edition features a piece of the crankshaft from W.O. Bentleys personal car, displayed in the arm rest in an integrated display case. The interior is upholstered in bespoke leather, and the dashboard contains the owners signature. The signature is also present on the front bumper, and special badges are located on the sills and wheel centres.
The exterior colour scheme is reminiscent of the Bentley 8 Litre, and features a two-tone paint scheme with chrome present on the radiator grille and bonnet strip. Production is limited to 100 units.
2.15. Models Mulsanne 6.75 Edition by Mulliner 2020
Due to the increasingly stringent emission regulations, Bentley Motors has issued the send-off edition of Mulsanne, "Mulsanne 6.75 Edition by Mulliner", with 30 units built. This marks the end of Mulsanne production, the end of Mulsanne as a Bentley flagship model, and the end of worlds longest continuously produced V8 engine, spanning 60 years. The 6¾-litre V8 engine, introduced in 1959 and heavily revised and updated in 2010, could not be updated any further to meet newer emission regulations, namely lower CO2 output. No replacement for either Mulsanne or 6¾-litre V8 engine is planned. Instead, the third generation Flying Spur replaces Mulsanne as Bentleys flagship model after the final 30 Mulsanne are built.
3.1. Concept cars Executive Interior Concept 2011
The Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept is a version of the Mulsanne demonstrating a new multimedia connectivity concept designed for executives. It included two electric-powered, foldable wood veneer picnic tables in the rear cabin, each with Apple iPad and Apple Bluetooth keyboards; Apple Mac Mini stored in boot compartment, roof console with 15.6 in 396 mm High Definition LED dropdown monitor, illuminated rear centre console fitted with twin individual armrests, rear console with Apple iPod control panel, two cup holders, tissue box and large stowage area; Apple iPod controls Rear Seat Entertainment RSE and audio system, Apple Media Centre, plays music and access to internet), 2 USB connectors provided for the Apple system and one Apple interface connector for the iPod, bespoke control keys on rear console operate picnic tables, reading lights, control HD LED screen and select video and audio options; Armrest with Tibaldi pen and Privacy Telephone handset, bespoke bottle cooler in rear centre console with illuminated double-glazed frosted glass door, additional multi-directional reading lights provided for each rear passenger and can be operated with Apple devices, mood lighting in the rear centre console using multiple soft glowing LEDs, illuminated docking station and cup holders.
The vehicle was unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.
3.2. Concept cars Mulsanne Grand Convertible Concept 2012
The Bentley Grand Convertible is a four-seat, luxury convertible concept car from Bentley Motors. The car debuted at the 2014 LA Auto Show.
Like its predecessor, the Azure, the Grand Convertible rides on the platform of Bentleys current luxury saloon, the Mulsanne. It uses the Mulsanne Speeds 6 3/4 liter turbo V8, putting out 530 hp 395 kW and 811 lb⋅ft 1.100 N⋅m of torque.
The concept cars exterior finish is a bespoke blue color created from "a single squib from a customers haute couture gown." The unique finish continues with silver "liquid metal" finish on the hood and windscreen frame. Additional unique features include custom directional wheels and a linen colored leather interior with Sequin Blue stitching. The interior is finished in leather with Mulliners signature diamond quilting. The convertible tops tonneau cover is covered with largest wood veneer ever applied to a Bentley, in book matched Burr Walnut wood. The tonneau was finished entirely by hand with the woods mirror finish being accented by strips of chromed steel.
In 2012, Bentley had shown drawings of a convertible version of the Mulsanne to a small number of customers during an event at Pebble Beach. No photos were allowed to be taken and no official images were released. Then CEO Wolfgang Shreiber cancelled the project. Current CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer restarted the project, but the Grand Convertible still has not been approved for production. At the 2014 L.A. Auto Show, Durheimer said, "We are eagerly awaiting the response of our customers to this car. We will ensure that this car - if it reaches the roads – will be a highly exclusive, extremely limited collector’s piece."
In December 2014, the Grand Convertible was displayed in Miami for Art Basel, where Bentley had commissioned a large art display which simulated a car factory. As of November, 2017, it was announced that the Bentley Grand Convertible would be produced in very limited numbers at a cost of 3.9 million dollars each. The car will only be sold in Europe, the Middle East, and Russia. None will be imported into rest of the world include the Americas, and Asia-Pacific regions.
4. Production and marketing
Production of the Mulsanne began at the Crewe plant in Spring 2010. Each car takes nine to twelve weeks to produce.
The 6¾-litre 512 PS engine is built at Crewe plant, and takes nearly 30 hours to build.
As part of Mulsanne Seasons Collectors Editions launch, Breitling SA produced a Breitling for Bentley B04 GMT Mulsanne wrist watch. During Mulsanne Seasons Collectors Editions launch in 2013 Guangzhou International Auto Show, the 1000th Chinese customer for Bentley Mulsanne was announced.