Bentley Mulsanne Shaheen special edition, 2013 Dubai Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
Some might consider Bentley's Mulsanne luxurious enough, but there are invariably individuals--and whole cultures--that see luxury in a different light. One of these is the Middle Eastern emirate of Dubai.
Bentley has chosen the Dubai Motor Show (via World Car Fans) to unveil its latest take on the Mulsanne, the Shaheen special edition. Named after the Shaheen eagle, a bird of prey "embedded in Middle Eastern culture and society", according to Bentley, the car's two-tone paint scheme takes its colors from those of the bird's feathers.
There's more to it than a splash of Tungsten and Onyx gray paint, though--Bentley Mulliner has been to town on the rest of the specification too. Inside, owners can luxuriate in a cabin swathed in diamond-quilted magnolia and beluga-colored leather and dark stained burr walnut trim. Rear-seat passengers--surely something this Bentley is all about--enjoy a bespoke signature Mulsanne Shaheen logo on the rear iPad picnic tables. A bottle cooler chills your drink of choice and wi-fi ensures you'll always be able to Instagram your vast wealth to thousands of others.
Further luxury touches include 21-inch alloy wheels, Bentley 'Flying B' wing vents, and that signature 6.75-liter turbocharged V-8. A full 505 horses are available with 752 pound-feet of torque--swift enough to do any eagle justice. The 0-62 mph is dispatched in 5.3 seconds and owners will no doubt explore the car's 184 mph top speed on Dubai's desert roads.
Bentley's own figures show why a special edition model is important in the Middle East--sales year to date are up by 53 percent compared to the same period last year and the entire range is up a quarter in 2013 next to 2012.