Fresh out of the oven from the launch at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show was Bentley’s latest introduction of their latest flagship model, the Bentley Mulsanne.
The Mulsanne has come a long way since it’s inception back in 2010. As Bentley’s most expensive sedan for only the richest people in the world by costing almost USD300,000, this 3 ton, 505 HP, 1020 NM car was never intended to be marketed to the mass market or to be sold in high numbers. But instead, this was Bentley’s answer to the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the elite among the elites of cars in the 21st century.
Although this “new” 2013 Mulsanne is not very different from the older car, there is no reason to be. Like they saying goes, you don’t mess with perfection.
Looking at the exterior, you will be hard pressed to notice anything difference. In fact, other than a few small styling changes, there has been no work done to change its looks drastically. New 21″ wheels now fill out the wheel arcs and the car looks a little bit more updated but that is about it. In fact, even us at Bentley World couldn’t really tell the new car apart from the old one. Nothing wrong with that though, as we think that the car looks perfect just the way that it is. Not too pretty, and nothing too wild like a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. It has the right mix of class, sophistication, and purpose.
Now this is where you will find the majority of the changes. Bentley has stated that the Mulsanne is a car than encompasses what it means to be in the 21st century, and the interior of the car is a testimonial to that. The interior of the Bentley Mulsanne is decked out in gadgets and technology that are of the highest quality and many things in the car are the first to be put into any production car. If you select the “infotainment” package, the car comes with iPads, wireless keyboards, a wifi hot spot to make sure you have internet access even on the go and many other neat items.
The sound system is produced by Niam for Bentley and the seats are some of the most comfortable ones you will ever lay your bottom on. Additional head, neck, arm, and shoulder support is available in the new car to make your driving experience an even more enjoyable one. Taking a swift look at the interior however, one will find many similarities between the Bentley Mulsanne and an Audi A8. Coincidence? We’d think not.
Power and Performance
The car is powered by its classic 6.75 L V8 that has 2 turbochargers pushing air through the engine. As stated above, this gives the car 505 HP with 1020 NM of torques which will come in very handy from you are accelerating a 3 ton car. 0-60 MPH takes 5.1 seconds and this is no surprise due to the enormous weight of the car. However, be reminded that the Mulsanne was never meant to be a nimble and quick supercar, it is meant to ferry around heads-of-states and only the most important people in this world.
Unlike most other Bentleys, the car is equipped with a rear-wheel drive system instead of Bentley’s traditional AWD system. It does however employ the same 8-speed automatic gearbox you see in most modern day Bentleys.
The previous car cost almost USD300,000 before options, making it one of the most expensive Bentley cars you can buy today. The new car is expected to cost slightly more, we’re guessing somewhere between the range of USD320,000 when it finally arrives on US shores. Do take note that this is before options and the prices on option list looks closer to something you would find when purchases a private jet instead of what you would look at when buying an automobile.
Although this car does cost a pretty penny, if we could afford it, this would be the car for us.
Enjoy the pictures below!