The final example of the Bentley Mulsanne has been completed after more than a decade of service, signifying the end of an illustrious and exceptional lifespan.
More than 7,300 examples-all built at Bentley’s home in Crewe, Cheshire-reflected the ability of Bentley to produce the ultimate luxury sedan.
With traditional end-of-production celebrations curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Bentley Colleagues gathered with the final cars for socially-distant photos, and marked Mulsanne ‘s departure by sharing their reflections on the outgoing Bentley flagship on tape. Today Bentley launches both this Colleague movie and a package of penultimate customer car images – a Mulsanne Speed ‘6.75 Version by Mulliner’ finished in Rose Gold over Tungsten, going to a fortunate customer in the USA. Another incredibly rare, final Mulsanne is left behind the penultimate car – but its future home remains a tightly guarded secret.
The origins of Mulsanne can be traced back into the history of Bentley, from 1930 ‘s original 8 Litre-the last car designed and built by W.O. Bentley himself – Bentley was designed as the most comfortable, coach of his time.
Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive, Adrian Hallmark, comments:
“The Mulsanne is the culmination of all that we at Bentley have learnt during our first 100 years in producing the finest luxury cars in the world. As the flagship of our model range for over a decade, the Mulsanne has firmly solidified its place in the history of Bentley as nothing less than a true icon. I am immensely proud of the hundreds of designers, engineers and craftspeople that brought the Mulsanne to life over the last ten years. Now, as we begin Bentley’s journey to define the future of sustainable luxury mobility through our Beyond100 strategy, the role of Bentley flagship is passed to the new Flying Spur.”
The car has continued to grow over its life cycle since the introduction of the Mulsanne. The all-new Mulsanne, built from the ground-up at Bentley ‘s home in Crewe, was revealed to the world at Pebble Beach in 2009 and featured a special exterior and interior design, chassis and updated version of the legendary 6.75-liter V8 twin-turbocharged engine.
In 2012, Mulsanne launched their first improvements in the form of the highly distinctive Mulliner Driving Specification. A range of stunning new design features including special 21-inch alloy wheels, Bentley Flying ‘B’ wing vents and a diamond-quilted leather trimmed cabin, matched to a large tilt-opening tinted glass sunroof and an exquisitely designed, electrically controlled bottle cooler.
The second was released in 2015 in a series of three Mulsanne derivatives-the Velocity. Bringing to life the fastest ultra-luxury driving experience, the Mulsanne Speed housed an improved 6.75-liter V8 engine, producing 537 hp (530 bhp/395 kW) and 1.100 Nm (811 lb.ft) with selectable driver-focused sport suspension and steering. The Mulsanne Speed described modern and contemporary styling features as a declaration of quintessential British luxury.
A new Mulsanne family debuted in Geneva in 2016, as the car received a range of updates to further boost the luxury level offered in the flagship luxury sedan worldwide. A series of elegantly executed changes to styling set apart the current Mulsanne from its predecessor. The entire front-end configuration of the car (the A pillar forwards) has been entirely redesigned. The fenders, bonnet, radiator shell, grilles, lights – and front and aft bumpers – have all been revised to give the car a more sleek and integrated look.
The new Mulsanne also boasted updated seats on the inside, new door trimmings and armrests, and exclusive glass switchgears. The new Mulsanne introduced an entirely new infotainment system, using leading-class navigation technology. It also featured a range of on-board infotainment systems which elevated the bar on the move for audio and visual entertainment.
In addition, the third Mulsanne version, the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase, was built with the rear-seat passenger in mind. The wheelbase of the Mulsanne’s 250 mm expansion (from 3,266 mm up to 3,516 mm) was solely for the advantage of the rear-seat passenger legroom. This considerable increase in interior space has made the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase the world’s most generously proportioned pinnacle luxury limousine, and by far the most luxurious way to ride on four wheels. The unrivalled comfort atmosphere was complimented by the installation of a beautifully designed console to divide the two rear seats, airline-style electronic leg rests, privacy curtains and ornate folding table.
Mulsanne 6.75 Edition by Mulliner
In 2020, the final production cars of the series form the exclusive ‘6.75 Mulliner Edition’ which signals the end of the reign of Mulsanne. Taking its name from the iconic 6.75-liter engine which also ended production this year after over 60 years, the ‘6.75 Edition’ is limited to only 30 examples.
Subtle tributes to the engine of the car are visible all over the way. To mention but a few, ventilation controls for the ‘organ stop’ interior are replaced by prototypes that are covered by miniature versions of the engine oil cap. The clock facets and minor gauges show the engine’s own schematic cutaway drawings.
Dark tint treatments on the Flying B bonnet logo, Mulliner Serenity radiator grille and exhaust finishers add depth to the front of the car while the 21 “five-speed Mulsanne Speed wheel features a special bright-machined finish with gloss black pockets.
Under the cap, the engine intake manifold would be finished in black instead of the usual silver, and Adrian Hallmark himself signed the Engine Number Plaque-usually signed by the craftsman who designed the engine.