Engine: 6.8L 8 CYLINDER Transmission: 8 Speed Automatic Mileage: 32,000
Drive-train: Rear Wheel Drive Exterior Color: Beluga Solid
Interior Color: Linen Warranty: Balance of Factory Warranty
City MPG: 11 Hwy MPG:18
Vehicle Overview 2013 Bentley Mulsanne ~Beluga ~Linen
Mulliner Driving Specs Seat Piping Bentley Emblem Stitching
Premiere Specification Diamond Quilted Interior Picnic Tables
Naim Sound Rear Entertainment Rear Camera Wifi Hotspot
Bentley’s flagship is not a huge seller, so this is a rare beast.Except, perhaps in China, where Bentley can’t feed its growing dealership network quickly enough. The Mulsanne’s new, too, introduced in 2010, which in Bentley timescales is extremely young. It’s imposing as a Bentley saloon should be, but it’s not conventionally pretty.
The first thing to get your head around is the scale. Usefully it’s fairly obvious where the upright front ends, but its width might be troublesome on narrower roads.
Under the lengthy bonnet sits a 6.75-liter V8 with a pair of turbochargers helping it along, the Mulsanne is comically rapid for such a weighty machine. It’s like a country house with a thrust-er from the space shuttle attached, a mighty 752 lb ft of torque arriving at just 1,750 rpm. It’ll reach 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds, which is better than a Rolls-Royce Phantom, should you be caught in a traffic-light Grand Prix en route to Harrods.
Eight gears are swapped automatically, or, if you’d rather, you can take control yourself. It’s so good in automatic mode we’d leave it alone. Likewise, dynamic changes are on offer, with stiffer dampers and weightier steering possible via a rotary dial on the center console: just pop it in comfort and leave it be. Hushed, rapid and hugely comfortable, the Mulsanne is everything a Bentley should be.
Few places are nicer to be than the inside of a Mulsanne. The wood looks so deep and lustrous it could have grown in place before being polished; and the leather is so soft it’s like the cows had a rigorous daily shiatsu routine. Add chrome detailing and it’s a quite lovely driving environment. Only the most dedicated VW spotters will recognize some of the switch gear, and that’s only because it’s used in the tiny selling Phaeton. Bentley has gone all modern, too, with iPod and telephone connections, though it’s still hidden away in a neat panel in the dash.