Mulsanne bows out after a decade on top

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Words: NZ Autocar
26 Jun 2020

After more than 10 years in production, and over 7300 examples being hand-built, the reign of Mulsanne as the top Bentley is over, Flying Spur taking up the mantle.

The penultimate customer car is a Mulsanne Speed ‘6.75 Edition by Mulliner’ finished in Rose Gold over Tungsten, and is going to a US customer. As to the destiny of the final car, that’s yet to be divulged.

Mulsanne’s lineage traces back to the original 8 Litre of 1930. That was the final car designed and developed by W.O. Bentley himself.

In the past 11 years, over 700 people have invested nearly three million hours crafting Bentley’s luxury sedan.

It was first revealed to the world at Pebble Beach in 2009, featuring a unique exterior and interior design, and a new variant of the twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V8 engine. Mulliner Driving Specification updates were introduced in 2012.

The second in a line of three Mulsanne derivatives – the Speed – was unveiled in 2015. Its updated engine delivered 395kW of power and 1100Nm of torque, along with selectable driver-focused sports suspension and steering.

A final iteration of Mulsanne debuted at the Geneva show in 2016, featuring a new fascia, giving the car a more modern and integrated appearance. The interior was updated at the same time, adding a new infotainment system and upgraded navigation technology.

An extended wheelbase version (up by 250mm) further enhanced rear-seat passenger legroom. Featuring a centre console and airline-style electronic leg rests, privacy curtains and a folding table, this variant offered the ultimate in chauffeur-driven comfort.

For 2020, Bentley produced thirty final ‘6.75 Edition by Mulliner’ variants, signifying the end of Mulsanne’s reign.

Bentley Chairman and CEO, Adrian Hallmark, commented “As the flagship of our model range for over a decade, the Mulsanne has firmly solidified its place in the history of Bentley as nothing less than a true icon.”


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