The front end is dominated by the marque's trademark mesh grille, as well as two large round headlamps and LED daytime running lights mounted lower. It has a long nose and short deck and a retractable Bentley mascot is optional. Buyers have their choice of more than 130 standard exterior colors and 24 interior leather trim colors.
The Mulsanne features a V8 engine with twin-turbocharging and produces 512 horsepower and an impressive 752 ft-lb of torque. Cylinder deactivation technology helps the monster engine deliver 16 mpg on the highway or 10 mpg in the city. The engine is paired with a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission controlled with paddle shifters. And although the Mulsanne is relatively heavy at 5,919 pounds, the powerplant offers 0-60 mph times of under 5.5 seconds.
The Bentley Mulsanne comes full of standard equipment including dual power remote mirrors with tilt function, heated front and rear seating, electrically adjustable front and rear seating with memory, leather seating, multi-zone climate control with separate rear controls, 14 speaker, 8-inch touchscreen, voice-activated navigation and audio, Apple CarPlay, remote keyless entry with push button start, front and rear parking sensors and adjustable iPad/picnic tables.
Mulsanne Speed models come with the same engine tuned to make 537 horsepower and 811 lb-feet of torque and the wheels are upgraded to 21 forged alloy wheels.
The Mulsanne is still a hand-built Bentley from Crewe and its interior is top-notch, with high-end leather and wood surfaces used throughout. Bentley says the interior takes 165 hours to assemble, with the heated steering wheel cover taking nearly five hours to complete by hand.
A host of airbags are standard, including front units and dual side airbags for both front and rear passengers. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are also part of the package, as well as traction control, stability control, blind spot warning, forward collision mitigation, tire pressure monitors and braking assist.
Options are extensive. The Entertainment Specification includes a high-end NAIM audio system, on-board Wi-Fi, DVD player and wireless headphones. The Mulliner Driving Specification includes special trimmed vents, quilted door panels, sport-tuned suspension, drilled alloy pedals and 21-inch alloy wheels. The Mulsanne can be customized with a wide variety of wood veneers, personalized embroidery and curtains.