As Bentley’s flagship sedan, the Mulsanne
delivers a truly stunning blend of performance, style and timeless luxury, with the attention to detail buyers have come to expect from one of the world’s premiere ultra-luxury brands.
Introduced in 2011 (and largely unchanged since), the Mulsanne serves up exterior styling that effectively blends the classic with the modern. Expected Bentley touches, such as the long hood, tall roof line and iconic grille remain, yet the Mulsanne also gets a sweeping, contemporary profile. You won’t mistake it for anything else in the parking lot, and chances are very good that you won’t encounter many other Mulsannes in your daily travels.
Power comes from a 6.75-liter twin-turbo V-8, rated at 505 horsepower and a truly-impressive 752 pound-feet of torque. Despite its near three-ton weight, that’s still good enough to get the car from 0-60 mph in a mere 5.7 seconds, on its way to a claimed top speed of 184 mph. As impressive as those numbers may be, the Mulsanne is about far more than speed.
The Mulsanne, in fact, is about delivering a seamless ride and uncompromising luxury to those buyers fortunate enough to own one. It takes over 172 hours to craft the interior of each Mulsanne, and no detail is overlooked. The leather wrap of the steering wheel is hand-stitched, while even the floor mats are made of Wilton wool. A waistrail of rich wood trim (of the buyer’s choice, of course) wraps around the cabin, including one seamless segment the spans the dashboard width. Buyers must choose from 24 different colors of leather inside, before moving on to select one of nine wood choices for the trim. Get to the exterior hue, and the choices are truly staggering.
Then there are the options to consider, which are far too numerous to even begin listing. The best way to sum it up is as follows: if you want it, chances are good it’s already on the list of available options. If it’s not, and if your request is within reason, chances are good that Bentley will be able to deliver - for a price.
Even Bentley Mulsannes have special editions, as evidenced by the 2012 debut of the Mulliner Driving Specification. This model comes with diamond-quilted seating, perforated for ventilation; knurled metal controls; baseball-style stitching on the gearshift; two-piece, 21-inch wheels and performance upgrades that include a unique “Sport” setting on Bentley’s the Drive Dynamics Control.
Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS have crash tested a 2013 Bentley Mulsanne, which comes with standard safety features like front, side, head and thorax airbags; electronic stability control and pyrotechnically-charged seatbelt pre-tensioners.
For a more detailed look at the 2013 Bentley Mulsanne, see our comprehensive review on The Car Connection