In one light, the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne is just another expensive car. But refocus that light slightly, and its launch becomes a rare occurrence indeed.
It is the first car designed from the ground up solely as a Bentley since the 8-Litre of 1928, and it is meant to represent all that Bentley stands for. It succeeds the 2009 Arnage, which went out of production last October, as the marque's largest sedan.
The Mulsanne was first revealed last year at the Pebble Beach Concours d"Elegance in August, and first customer deliveries will start this fall. The Mulsanne is built and trimed at the traditional Bentley factory in Crewe, which was renovated for the new luxury sedan.
The new 2011 Mulsanne is a fast, luxurious, four-door sedan that hides a fair amount of modern technology inconspicuously within a classic recipe. In the words of Stuart McCullough, Bentley's board member for sales and marketing, the 2011 Mulsanne is "a big, heavy car, and unashamedly so."
It provides drivers with a...