Mention Bentley to any enthusiast, and most might say nameplates like the Continental, 'Flying Spur, or even older models like the Arnage, Brooklands, and Azure.
But some might have already forgotten about the Mulsanne, the brand's full-size luxury car. Revived way back in 2010, the huge sedan has received a plethora of special editions, and limited edition variants. But it looks like Bentley will soon be saying goodbye to the Mulsannne with a unique Final Edition.
This is the Mulsanne 6.75 Edition by Mulliner, and will serve as the official send-off for the enduring nameplate. As the name indicates, it is powered by the brand's signature 6.75-liter V8 engine. Only 30 examples of this special Mulsanne will be made in total, with final production to end in spring of 2020.
“The Mulsanne has played a pivotal role in maintaining Bentley’s position as global leader of the luxury limousine segment. The flagship of our model range, its longevity is a testament to our ongoing commitment to hand-building the finest motor cars in the world. The new Mulsanne 6.75 Edition is the culmination of that achievement,” said Christ Craft, member of the board for Marketing and Sales at Bentley.
So what makes the 6.75 Edition by Mulliner special? For starters it has none of the usual brightwork seen on typical Bentleys. Instead, this one comes with gloss black accents which will contrast with whatever paintwork the customer chooses. However, the headlights and taillights will still be wrapped in bright chrome for that added sophistication.
Other neat touches that make this Mulsanne special include the following: Mulliner Serenity front grill and exhaust finishers, dark tint on the Flying B hood ornament, 21-inch five-spoke Mulsanne Speed alloy wheels, and a black-finished intake manifold which replaces the traditional silver color.
Special attention was given to the cabin of the 6.75 Edition by Mulliner. The seats come with a unique '6.75 Edition' motif stitching which reminds would-be owners they are in a unique vehicle. Meanwhile, the faces of the clock and minor gauges will feature schematic cutaway drawings of the engine itself. Finally, the 'organ stop' controls for the climate control have been replaced by minature versions of the engine oil cap.
At the heart of the Mulsanne is, you guessed it, a twin-turbo 6.75-liter V8 that churns out a meaty 537 PS and 1,100 Nm of torque. Based off the Mulsanne Speed, this sedan can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 305 km/h.
With the Mulsanne set to be consigned to the history books once more, Bentley said that the Flying Spur will take its place as the company's flagship model. Moreover, the Flying Spur, along with the rest of the Bentley lineup, will have a hybrid variant come 2023. As for the staff that used to build the Mulsanne, Bentley stated that they will be redeployed to other areas of the company.