After years of continuous production, Bentley is, at last, stopping the production of one of its most iconic cars to date. To go out in style, the company is producing a limited edition of the Bentley Mulsanne. There will only be 30 units available, after which the Bentley Flying Spur will pick up as the primary sedan in the company’s production. This is the second time the name Mulsanne will be dying from the Bentley production. The first time it was used on a sedan produced from 1980 to 1992. The Mulsanne limited-edition designed by Mullina is named after the long-running 6.75L engine the vehicle has been operating on. Continuously produced for over 60 years, the 6.75L remains the longest-serving V8 engine in the world. Bentley, through the Mulsanne, has continually shown the spirit of innovation, expertise, and automotive craftsmanship. All these are what the Mulsanne 6.75 looks to upgrade on for one last time. You should, therefore, not expect the most striking car Bentley has ever produced. Instead, it is a fitting tribute to the Mulsanne, one of the most reliable luxurious cars ever.
A member of the Bentley Board, Sales, Marketing and After-sales department, Chris Craft paid homage to the Mulsanne’s role in keeping Bentley as a leading brand in luxury car productions. He said, “The Mulsanne has played a major role in keeping the company a globe leader in the luxury car segment. Its longevity is a testament to our commitment to producing the best quality cars in the world. The limited Mulsanne 7.65 is, therefore, a crowing for the years of success.” He also spoke about the continued demand for the existing company’s products. Such that, once production of this edition ends, the company will redeploy the staff to other parts of the business.
Top Features of the Mulsanne 6.75
Everything about the Mulsanne 6.75 is fine detailed and comes with top of the range features. The body is made of chromed-trimmed tailgates and headlights. Instead of the usual silver finishing, the engine oil caps are finished off using a polished looking black color. These bare striking resemblances to the interior ventilation controls. In the Bentleys spirit of luxury and performance mantra, the Mulsanne 6.75 pays attention to details. The interior is available in 4 bespoke colors of Fireglow, Beluga, Imperial Blue, and Newmarket Tan. These are complemented by silver seat pipings that surround the center consul. Ultimately, the car comes with an engine intake manifold of the regular silver and the engine number plate. Like the Bentley’s tradition of signing engine number plates, this edition will be signed by Adrian Hallmark, Bentley’s Chairman, and Chief Executive. The limited-edition will keep the existing twin-turbocharged power of 1100NM torque and 530 bhp speeds. This can easily power the vehicle from 0 – 100km/h within 5.1 seconds. It hits the top speeds of 190mph. These are quite remarkable performance features given the heavy weight of the car of around 6000 pounds.
The other striking features in the Mulsanne 6.75 is the welcome light system. It is set such that anytime you open the door, it projects the limited edition’s logo on the ground. This powerhouse also comes with unlimited gimmickry and badging to the delight of those looking to make a statement. Most of the surfaces have the chrome badge encrusted, while the seats have the 6.75 edition motifs stitches. An individual also gets to choose the exterior paintwork of their choice. Additionally, the gauge and clock all bear the schematic drawing images of the cars deluxe looking engine. To make it cooler, the Mulsanne’s exhaust, hood, and grill bare the Bentleys renown black-tinted Flying B logo. All these great features combine elegantly to create a vehicle that embodies the luxurious quality that the British car manufacturer is all about.
History of the Changes in the Mulsanne
Even though coming to effect in the Spring of 2020, the company had already mentioned a few years ago of the plans to end production of the 6.75L V8 engine. By then, the company was planning for the successor to have a v12 engine. With the changes in times and environment concerns, the Flying Super will instead operate majorly on the Volkswagen-inspired 6.0L W12 and 4.0L V8 engines. There are also plans to have a hybrid version by 2023.
The first time Bentley used the 6.75L engine was in Bentley S2 in 1959. While the engine has been redesigned several times over the years, it has always operated on the same dimensions and principles. Various Rolls Royce and Bentley editions have used the engine. For the first time, it faced a threat of elimination being in the 1990s. The engine was replaced with a 4.4L V8 BMW-inspired engine. This was majorly due to the increasing fuel economy and emissions concerns. However, the plan did not work as the BMW engine could not power the luxury cars. The sales were so low, leading to the termination of the project. A year later, Volkswagen reintroduced the original engine under the name Red label.
According to CNET, Bentley is always on a path to reinvent to meet the current market demands. That is why in the incoming Flying Super, the car manufacturer is bringing in a cooler, more attractive and modern piece of automotive work. The car is made in line with the current needs of reduced emissions and fuel economy.
The end of the Mulsanne in the Spring of 2020 will be not only be the demise of a wonderful car but also one of the most iconic cars of all time. Producing the exquisite 30 limited-edition is what the car deserves as a send-off. Keep following closely to notice how the Flying Super will fair as the new Bentley’s flagship. Also, watch out for the hybrid powertrain the new car and Continental GT will be donning from 2023. Ultimately, there are plans that the car manufacturer will start producing electric vehicles by the mid of this decade.