The biggest car made by Bentley in over five decades is the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne: a first of its kind for the carmaker. With the notion of novelty, the consumer would expect nothing less than exceptional car engineering and after buying the Mulsanne the car buyer would be more than satisfied since one's expectations are clearly met.
The Mulsanne sedan is made by the carmaker over a two-month period. The car is worth waiting for too; this flagship offering costs $285,000.000 and it fuses amazing engineering, equally amazing craftsmanship, luxury, and comfort. Of course, this is what is expected from Bentley; the British carmaker has always offered the best technologies to ensure its competitiveness in the market.
The Mulsanne sports a 6.75-Liter V-8 engine with 505hp/752 ft.lbs of torque. The cabin is breathtaking, quiet, and posh. All Mulsannes come with seventeen different kinds of leather, and mirror matched wood veneers for impeccable symmetry. This car is hardly compromising, but the car buyer may find the front styling less than appealing; this may affect the long-term appeal of the vehicle.
Engines: 6.75L V-8
Transmissions: 8-speed automatic
Everything. From the new 6.75-liter V-8 engine producing 505 horsepower and a monstrous 752 pound-feet of torque, to the optional 2200-watt sound system, the Mulsanne is as new as it gets. Even so, Bentley continues to use traditional craftsmanship at its Crewe headquarters to appeal to existing customers looking for an upgrade from their Arnage sedans.
From the inset headlights with the inscription "Bentley Motors" to the LED taillights, the Mulsanne was designed to make an impression. The appearance of visible seams has been minimized to make the sedan look as though it was created from a single block.
Nearly half of the overall build process of a Mulsanne is devoted to the interior. The Bentley's steering wheel alone takes 15 hours to hand-stitch. Four-zone air conditioning is just one example of how much technology you'll find inside this car.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Bentley Mulsanne's 6.75-liter twin turbo V-8 produces 505 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic. Helping make the Mulsanne a more manageable driver than its Arnage predecessor is a computer-controlled air suspension that has three settings varying stiffness and steering feel as well as a fourth setting allowing the driver to customize dynamic settings.
Radar sensors warn of potential collisions visually or by tapping the brakes, optional rear and side-view cameras, optional Adaptive Cruise Control can adjust the speed of the car down to a stop, steel monocoque body structure with front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Interior craftsmanship
- Exterior presence
- Attention to detail
- Optional 2200-watt sound system
You Won't Like
- Questionable front end styling
Old-world style, 21st century appeal
If You Like This Vehicle
- Rolls-Royce Ghost
- Rolls-Royce Phantom
- Maybach 57
- Aston Martin Rapide