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Bentley Celebrates 95th Anniversary With Mulsanne Special Edition

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It was on January 18, 1919 that W. O. Bentley founded the automaker that bears his name. Now, 95 years on from that date, Bentley is celebrating the milestone by launching a new special edition based on its Mulsanne flagship sedan. Only 15 examples will be built, and all of them are destined to remain in the U.K.

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The new special edition is called the Mulsanne 95, and has been developed by Bentley’s Mulliner personalization department. The cars not only celebrate the anniversary but also Bentley’s British-ness: color options include Britannia Blue, Empire Red and Oxford White. The special colors, available only on the Mulsanne 95, are complemented by some unique exterior design touches such as a dark tint given to the Flying B hood ornament and 21-inch wheels.

Inside, owners will find luxurious wood veneers and leather hides for which the company is renowned. The wood, which encompasses the entire interior, is from a walnut tree that is more than 300 years old and fell during a storm several years ago. Its complex pattern displays a rare rippled effect which sweeps through the cabin. A distinctive “95” emblem has also been embroidered onto seats and an illuminated treatplate is fitted that bears the script “Ninety Five” along with the British union flag.

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No changes have been made to the car’s powertrain, meaning the signature twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V-8 still delivers a full 505 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque. This is enough for 0-62 mph acceleration in 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 184 mph.

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