With its massive grille and headlights, the Bentley Mulsanne is no shrinking violet, yet according to the men who led its design, what really sets this big Bentley apart from other luxury sedans are the details. Bentley design chief Luc Donckerwolke and head of exterior design SangYup Lee took some time to cruise around New York City in black and white to explain some of these details in a short video.
Bentley has a pedigree that's the envy of other carmakers, but the brand has had to update itself to keep the attention of tech-happy customers. Symbolizing this are the twin iPads and keyboards that deploy from the front seat backs. While they represent the latest technology, they're held in aesthetically-pleasing mechanisms that open slowly and gracefully—the Mulsanne's in-car Wi-Fi may be fast, but sometimes speed can be undignified.
Even when someone else's product is used, everything is done in a very Bentley way. As Donckerwolke puts it, the physical iPad integration doesn't just give rear-seat passengers a device to play with, it "liberates" them from having to hold it.
Of course, if passengers ever get tired of Tweeting, they can move to the driver's seat and interface with the Mulsanne's 6.75-liter V-8. Its 505 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque express the car's character in a slightly less subtle way than a folding iPad holder.