The Bentley Mulsanne is one of the most expensive and luxurious cars you can buy. The brand has confirmed a facelifted model now offered in standard, Extended Wheel Base and Speed trims with a restyled exterior and a host of mechanical and interior upgrades. Read on to see exactly what’s new…
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New Bentley Mulsanne styling
The 2016 Mulsanne features all new body panels from the windscreen forwards. The grille is now squarer, chrome plated and is better matched to the lower three-piece air intakes. The familiar quad-headlight arrangement remains, although the lights themselves have been refreshed and now feature LED technology.
A new vent with clear ‘Flying B’ styling cues is fitted just behind the front wheels with a chrome strake running the length of the car. Customers can choose to specify the new Mulsanne with larger 21-inch alloy wheels and two-tone paintwork for a more individual look.
New Bentley Mulsanne interior
Generous helpings of wood, leather and brushed metal adorn the interior of the new Mulsanne. Almost every touchable surface has been subtly redesigned, including the seats, doors, dashboard and armrests, all of which can be trimmed in your choice of 24 colours. An 8.0-inch dashboard mounted touchscreen infotainment system is paired with two back-seat 10.2-inch displays and a 60gb hard drive as standard.
The new Muslanne Extended Wheel Base (EWB) adds 250mm to the rear legroom, letting lucky passengers make full use of airline-style legrests and reclining seats. Bentley claims the central rear-seat storage, USB ports and optional folding tables make the back seats of the Mulsanne EWB a practical place to work as well as travel.
Bentley ‘Speed’ trim includes the Mulliner interior pack as standard. This driver-focussed package includes diamond-quilted seats, a knurled gear lever, sports pedals and optional carbon fibre interior trim pieces.
New Bentley Mulsanne driving and engines
The Mulsanne is fitted with Bentley’s trademark six-and-three-quarter-litre V8 engine with twin turbochargers. A maximum output of 530hp and monstrous 1,100Nm of torque power the Mulsanne Speed to 60mph from rest in just 4.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 190mph. Bentley claims these figures are unmatched in the ultra-luxury segment.
Advanced electronic suspension controls allows the Mulsanne to ride comfortably at slow speeds and lower itself for greater aerodynamic stability when cruising. Active engine mounts and suspension bushes allow the driver to select and individually configure four specific chassis modes, including comfort and sport settings.
New Bentley Mulsanne price
Thanks to these upgrades and improvements we expect the price of the new Bentley Mulsanne to rise slightly over the current model. The standard Mulsanne will probably cost more than £230,000 and EWB and Speed models could come with price tags in excess of £250,000.
New Bentley Mulsanne release date
The new Bentley Mulsanne will be publicly launched at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The first round of customers can expect to receive their new Bentleys in the summer of 2016.