Not content to rest on their considerable success, the team at Bentley have been hard at work improving almost every aspect of their flagship luxury sedan, the Mulsanne. The biggest news – and we mean that literally – is the addition of a new Mulsanne extended wheelbase model. In addition to the new model, updates abound in the interior, exterior and mechanicals.
Outside, the entire front end of the car is new. The fenders, hood, grille, lights and bumpers have all been updated. The overall look brings more presence and stature to the car, giving it a more imposing stance. The new stainless steel grille is over three inches wider than the previous model and while still flanked by the signature round LED headlamps which are now adaptive to offer improved visibility in all night driving conditions.
Inside, Bentley has upped its game in all models. The Speed version is designed around the driver, with sportier seats and blacked out trim. The extended wheelbase Mulsanne is all about the rear lounge, with reclining seats and a generous sunroof to create a more relaxing environment. All Mulsanne models will carry the brand’s new infotainment system, with a new navigation system and the bespoke Naim for Bentley audio system, which boasts 20 speakers, 20 channels and 2,200 watts, making it the most powerful OEM audio system available today.
Under the hood, the 6.75 liter V8 engine has been refined to deliver 505 horsepower in its base configuration and 530 horsepower in the Speed model. The power is transferred to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Dynamic Drive Control allows you to fine tune the suspension, engine and transmission depending on how your driving and the road conditions.
Bentley has not announced pricing on the new Mulsanne, but will bring that information as well as first-hand driving impressions as soon as the cars are available for testing.