2014 Bentley Mulsanne | new car review

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 by
2014 Bentley Mulsanne
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  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Outstanding
AEDAED 1,300,000 - 1,500,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 90%
  • Interior
    Editor: 90%
  • Quality
    Editor: 95%
  • Features
    Editor: 90%
  • Performance
    Editor: 95%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 90%

Review Summary:

The 2014 Mulsanne reigns from that small sub-section of the automotive realm, where luxury is measured by the type of trees used in the trim and the age of the cows that went into making the leather. It also happens to be the same sub-section, where prices are merely numbers and nothing more...

Pros

In the world of luxury, not a lot can compare to the quality of the materials used in the Mulsanne.

Cons

It will always remain a dream for many of us.

Looks

The Mulsanne is a stunning piece of art and after all, it should be, because it takes a painstaking 125 hours to create just one Mulsanne bodyshell, after which it is protected, primed, painted, hand-sanded, lacquered and polished. Up front, the 2014 Bentley Mulsanne bears a strong resemblance to the Arnage that it replaces, but hop over to the rear and the handcrafted swooping D-pillar which integrates ever so gracefully with the tri-oval LED tail  lamps, is unlike any other.

2014 Bentley Mulsanne top

Feels

Everything from the door panels and roofliner, to the dashboard and plush seats are covered in a combination of smooth and perforated leather. While a ring of polished wood envelopes the cabin, a scattering of chrome and glass-finished buttons make it look as impeccable as it feels. For the High-Flying Excecs that park themselves in the rear seats, it’s all a little fancy with electric blinds, TV screens, picnic tables and a mini bar that houses three champagne flutes and two bottle coolers.

2014 Bentley Mulsanne interior

Engineering

In terms of tech, the Mulsanne isn’t missing any with its eight inch high-resolution screen, a 60 GB hard drive with 20 GB music storage capacity and a 2,200 watts 20 speaker custom-made Naim sound system.

2014 Bentley Mulsanne side

What’s on offer?

Residing under the monumental hood which stretches into the horizon, is a 6.75 litre twin-turbo V8, which sends 505 eager horses to the rear wheels through an 8 speed automatic transmission. With a berserk 1,020 Nm of torque available from just 1,750 RPM, the 5,575mm English beauty touches the 100 km/h mark in 5.3 seconds, before continuing to its electrifying top speed of 296 km/h.

2014 Bentley Mulsanne rear

Summing it…

The 2014 Mulsanne is somewhat of a curveball to the Rolls-Royce crew, because while it competes with the Ghost in terms of price and specs, it’s closer in size to the bigger, Phantom. With only 1,100 Mulsanne’s produced and sold each year, Bentley’s flagship sedan will forever be a dream for most of us, but if you do fall into that super wealthy population category, then the Mulsanne is the one for you. Because in this day and age when machines build nearly everything, the Mulsanne is a reminder that the human hand can produce some magnificent things as well.

2014 Bentley Mulsanne front side

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