Bentley Mulsanne
(1st Gen)

1st Gen Bentley Mulsanne Front Image
  • Model Year 2016 to Onwards
  • Class Full-size Luxury Car
  • Layout Front-Engine, 4WD
  • Style 4-door Sedan
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Overview

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 to 1992. It was resurrected as the nameplate for what would become the replacement for the Bentley Arnage, Bentley's then flagship model. The new Mulsanne was unveiled at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, 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) 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. Bentley's 8 litre model in 1930, after which most Bentley's shared platforms with Rolls-Royce cars. 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.


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