2013 Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification Announced

2012 Geneva Motor Show / 31 Comments

Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the flagship Mulsanne has been given the Mulliner styling treatment.

Bentley is coming to Geneva with a new edition of their flagship Mulsanne limousine, and the first pictures and details have just been released. Resurrecting the Mulliner nameplate, the car has been given the grand name 'Mulliner Driving Specification' and comes with a limited number of dynamics-enhancing upgrades. First up are a new set of 21-inch, light aluminum alloys with race-derived titanium fasteners.

These are available in painted and polished finishes compatible with Bentley's self-leveling wheel badges. A pair of sweeping wing vents made from cast, polished stainless-steel emulate Bentley's iconic 'Flying B' emblem which is engraved with the Mulliner script, and contrast nicely with the black matrix grille. Another update for the sportier Mulsanne is the Drive Dynamics Control system that allows the suspension and steering systems to be tuned to a preferred driving style. This now has a unique 'Sport' setting providing enhanced grip, body control and steering accuracy without sacrificing ride comfort.

Power comes from the same 505hp twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V8 used in the regular Mulsanne, which is good for a 0-62 mph sprint time of 5.3 seconds and a 184 mph top speed. In keeping with the tradition of sporting Bentleys, front & rear seats and door casings are coated in diamond quilted leatherand complemented by an indented leather headlining, while the leather gear lever is hand-finished with a Baseball-style cross stitch. Accelerator and brake pedals are made from drilled alloy, and as a finishing touch driver and front passenger door sills are adorned with Mulliner treadplate plaques.

As with all Mulsannes, Bentley offers their clients the chance to create a bespoke car with a palette of over 100 colors, an almost unlimited choice of veneers and a selection of 22 leather hides. Bentley has also introduced two new options for the Mulsanne range: a large, tilt-opening tinted glass sunroof in the front cabin, and an electrically-operated bottle cooler with room for two champagne bottles and three hand-blown and hand-cut lead crystal champagne flutes. Alasdair Stewart, Bentley's Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing said of the new Mulsanne:

"The Mulsanne represents the pinnacle of British motoring with unrivalled luxury and effortless performance. Now, the distinctly sporting accent of the new Mulliner Driving Specification provides an even greater degree of driving enjoyment without compromising the Mulsanne's legendary comfort and refinement."


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