Back in June, Bentley gave us the opportunity to take their Mulsanne for a weekend retreat. Though our experience with this beauty was nothing short of exceptional, we didn’t really test the limits in terms of speed. Sure, we’ll we took it north of 100 mph but you ain’t livin’ unless you’re high-speed cruising at north of 190 mph. That’s exactly what World Land Speed Record Holder Andy Green did as he approached 200 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Boy does that 6.75-liter Twin-Turbo V8 under the hood perform. Check out the video below. (via ACQUIRE)
This Memorial Day Weekend, the fine folks at Bentley were kind enough to toss us the keys to their flagship coach, the Mulsanne. It is the pinnacle of British engineering and built from the ground up in Bentley’s Crewe, UK headquarters. The detailing is as impressive as you’d expect from Bentley as there is really no expense spared both in aesthetics and performance. It takes roughly two months to build a Bentley Mulsanne and expectedly so as more than 50 percent of this time involves handcraftsmanship. It takes style cues from past Bentleys — the Bentley 8 Litre, Flying Spur of the 1950s, Brooklands, Azure as well as the Arnage. The result is a car that’s simultaneously modern and classic. The work that goes in to making such a grand car look so powerful and versatile is unparalleled in the industry and proves once again why Bentley is the last of its kind and is the opposite of mass production.
Today at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in Monterey, California, Bentley Motors dropped jaws as it unveiled the replacement to the iconic Arnage. The Bentley Mulsanne, which we’ve come to know as the New Grand Bentley, is a deserving substitute, as it’s got all the makings of a flagship masterpiece. When production begins next year, don’t expect it to be a simple task, as nothing usually is with the Winged B carmaker. One Mulsanne will require 40 hours of labor for workers to finish the hand-made interior woodwork. Today’s unveiling was slim on performance and spec details but all of that will be released next month in Frankfurt.
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