A history lesson…
The ultimate Bentley is the Marmite-looking Mulsanne. Its looks divide opinion, but whether you like it or not, you can’t deny its majesty. It’s the first properly new and bespoke Bentley for about 8 years, and has been designed to take on the Rolls-Royce Phantom and Maybach. After it launched, much was said about its odd-looking headlights, which did cause some stir, but we think it’s a grower.
The basic design ethos behind the Mulsanne is to be more technically dynamic than a Roller, yet more luxurious than a Maybach. It’s been designed to be the ultimate luxury saloon.
Bang for your buck
You won’t get much change from £220,000, but what you do get for that ludicrous amount of money is luxury. More cows have laid down their life for the Mulsanne than any other Bentley, and more trees have been chopped down than any other Bentley just so you can drive around in a car that feels as luxurious as humanly possible.
The Mulsanne comes with everything you could ever want in a car: leather, wood, TVs, climate control, massage seats, beautiful stitching and more pomp and circumstance than a 1920’s silent movie.
You will lose money when you buy this car, but you are receiving a hand-made British super-saloon that has the pedigree and the heritage to boot.
What you’ll pay
£220,000 is a lot of money, especially in today’s climate, but if you can afford it, then there aren’t too many cars which are better. It is not a cheap car to buy, run and sell on, but it is the ultimate Bentley for the 21st century. It’s a statement; proof, you’ve done well in life; a moving symbol of your wealth.
What to check
There won’t be too many used Mulsannes out there yet, as it is still a new car, but if you do stumble-across one, make sure you check for the basics: paintwork, alloys, interior condition and service receipts. If you’re spending a ridiculous amount on a car, you’re better making sure it’s in good nick before you hand over the thousands.
Most Mulsannes will be under warranty, so no need to worry too much about this yet, but when they do go wrong and it’s down to your wallet, the parts will not be cheap. Expect to pay through the nose.
How it drives
How does the Mulsanne drive? Like a dream. It’s like driving double cream, or driving down a road where you know leads to a land of chocolate. Every journey is excellent. Every corner is enjoyable. And every gear change is sexually appealing. The Mulsanne manages to bring out every emotion in your body, and you end up feeling thrilled to be alive. It soothes your brow, produces adrenaline and impresses every minute of every drive.
0-62mph comes up in just 5.3 seconds, and the Mulsanne tops out at a very fast 184mph. Power sits at 500bhp from the V8 and you have as much torque as God did when he created the universe. Thankfully, the 8-speed ZF gearbox is more than up for the job and will help keep all those ponies tied firmly down to the ground, so you get the most out of your Mulsanne.
It’s anything but a Lotus Elise round the bends, but that’s really missing the point on this super-saloon. If all you want is the ultimate in luxury and comfort, the Mulsanne can do all that and more.