2015 Bentley Mulsanne | new car review
In the world of luxury, not a lot can compare to the quality of the materials used in the Mulsanne.
It will always remain a dream for many of us.
The Mulsanne is a stunning piece of art and 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 2015 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.
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.
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.
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. The Mulsanne Speed, on the other hands, ups the ante further to 530 horsepower and 1,110 Nm of torque for AED 1,750,000.
The 2015 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 Mulsannes 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 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.
|Specifications||2015 Bentley Mulsanne||2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed|
|Engine/ Cylinders||6.75 litre Twinturbo V8||6.75 litre Twinturbo V8|
|Max Power |
|505 hp @ 4,200 RPM||530 hp @ 4,200 RPM|
|1,020 Nm @ 1,750 RPM||1,110 Nm @ 1,750 RPM|
|Tranmission||8 speed automatic||8 speed automatic|
|Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||5.3 secs||4.9 secs|
|Top speed||296 km/h||305 km/h|
|Price||AED 1,500,000||AED 1,750,000|