If there is a brand for the philanthropists, then surely its none other than the Bentley. With over a century old expertise in manufacturing high-end luxury cars, this British auto marque is ready with another piece of art- The Mulsanne. Introduced in the year 1980, this performance luxury car got its name inspired by the Bentley history of five victories at the 24 hours of Le Mans. Being crowned with the 2011 luxury car of the year, this saloon is a true example of refined craftsmanship and the in house treatment given to it.
With sophisticated new look, this plush saloon comes in two vibrant trim levels- Mulsanne and the new Mulsanne speed. Glossy hood of the Mulsanne accommodates a glorious 6752 cc twin-turbocharged V8 engine that knocks out a power range of 505 bhp to 530 bhp (at 4200 rpm). Rear wheel drive train of the Mulsanne is availed with a peak torque range measuring a humongous 1020 Nm to 1100 Nm (at 1750 rpm). 8-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift interface housed in the powerhouse allows it to hit 0-100 kmph in just 4.9 seconds and the propulsion only ends at 305 kmph. Due to the bulkiness of the vehicle, it delivers a not much alluring mileage of 6.84 km/L.
Viewing this divine masterpiece, any one could think that Bentley has hired some professional sculptors to carve the dynamic body of the saloon. With Flying B radiator mascot emerging from a distance, any one would shook their head in the presence of the celestial Mulsanne. Dark tint Bi-Xenon head lamps with integrated LED beam adds to the flamboyant look of the car. Stainless steel front radiator matrix transports ample air to the engine bay. Twin rifled exhaust tailpipes and dark tint LED lights adds to the sporty persona to the rear of the car. Emblem engulfed alloys of the car accommodates a rim size of 21-inch. Measurement of 5575mm X 1926mm X 1521mm (L X W X H) is ample enough to the make the occupants feel cozy inside the generous interior of the Mulsanne.
Step in to the interior and you could feel an ambience synonymous to no less than a luxuriously packed lounge. Hand selected leather is wrapped to all the trimmed surfaces of the saloon. Walnut carved centre console and versatile veneer combination to the rear centre armrest adds absolute luxury to the interior of the car. 4-spoke hide trimmed, multifunctional steering wheel of the car has electronic tilt and memory function that lets you choose your way of driving. 12-way comfort adjustment seats and 4 zone air conditioning keeps you cocooned inside the car in any harsh conditions. 8-inch high resolution colour screen display infotainment system offers every minute vehicle system information about the vehicle while driving. 'Naim for Bentley' audio system of the car avails you with quality acoustic, that transforms the cabin in to a concert hall. Boot volume of 443-litres is ample enough to store your useful amenities during travel.
Iron brakes with black painted brake calipers offer safe and efficient braking even at high speeds. Double wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension have air springs with continuous damping control that lets you avail with four driver selectable settings. Steel monocoque body structure of the car has front and rear energy absorbing crumple zones, that lets you escape from fatal injuries during crash. Intelligent driver airbag system at the front offers maximum safety against frontal collisions. Direct tyre pressure monitoring system makes you alert if there is a loss of pressure in the tyres. Vehicle immobilizer system and interior volumetric alarm system ensures ample safety against thievery.
This beautifully hand-crafted 4-wheeler carries all possible luxuries along with a power packed engine. But its bulky dimensions makes it slightly impractical to drive in congested spaces. The sky-rocketing price tag is also a matter to be taken into consideration.