Production is set to end after more than a decade.
2020 signals the end to a number of prestigious products from famed British auto manufacturer Bentley. First, it was announced that production of its famous 6.75-liter V8 would come to an end, and now the Mulsanne, which competes with the likes of the Rolls Royce Phantom and Maybach S will enter the pearly gates of motoring heaven. This comes after a production run of more than a decade. Over 7,300 of these cars have been produced at Bentley's assembly line in Crewe, Cheshire in the UK, with the last being the '6.75 Edition'.
The Flying Spur will become Bentley's new flagship model.
First revealed at Pebble Beach in 2009, the Mulsanne was developed from the ground up, and featured the brand's iconic twin-turbo 6.75-liter V8 engine. The first upgrades came in the form of the Mulliner Driving Specification which featured 21-inch wheels and Bentley Flying 'B' wing vents and a diamond-quilted leather trimmed cabin.
The Mulsanne lineage can be traced throughout Bentley's history, with the original 8 Litre of 1930 being the last car designed and developed by W.O. Bentley himself. According to Bentley, over 700 people have spent nearly three million hours crafting Mulsanne cars. Each car requires approximately 42 million spot welds, and creating the leather interiors for these cars took a million hours alone. Almost 90,000 hours were spent polishing these cars. It is clear that the Mulsanne was a labor of love.
The new Mulsanne debuted at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and received a plethora of upgrades. The entire front-end of the car was completely redesigned and gave it its iconic look that we know today. In 2020, Bentley announced the final production car, the '6.75 Edition by Mulliner' signifying the end of Mulsanne's reign. Only 30 examples will be made available to the public.
Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive, Adrian Hallmark looked back with pride at the life of the Mulsanne. "The Mulsanne is the culmination of all that we at Bentley have learned during our first 100 years in producing the finest luxury cars in the world. As the flagship of our model range for over a decade, the Mulsanne has firmly solidified its place in the history of Bentley as nothing less than a true icon. Now, as we begin Bentley's journey to define the future of sustainable luxury mobility through our Beyond100 strategy, the role of Bentley flagship is passed to the new Flying Spur," he said.