The Bentley Mulsanne bids its final farewell
It's the end for Bentley Mulsanne. After more than ten years of production, the final Mulsanne has rolled out of the production assembly, ending an era of luxury sedans handcrafted to the finest degree.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Bentley workers gathered to celebrate Mulsanne's end-of-production for the very last time. They gathered for photographs (following social-distancing rules), and shared their thoughts about the Mulsanne on camera.
These shared thoughts and captured moments will be given to a lucky customer in the U.S., and with it includes a suite of imagery of the penultimated customer car--a Mulsanne Speed ‘6.75 Edition by Mulliner’ finished in Rose Gold over Tungsten.
Meanwhile, one very special, final Mulsanne was also created alongside the Speed ‘6.75 Edition , although the company has kept its final "resting place" a guarded secret.
Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive, Adrian Hallmark, comments:
“The Mulsanne is the culmination of all that we at Bentley have learnt 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. I am immensely proud of the hundreds of designers, engineers and craftspeople that brought the Mulsanne to life over the last ten years. 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.”
The Mulsanne was revealed at Pebble Beach in 2009, and was developed from the ground-up at Bentley's home base at Crewe. Featuring a unique exterior and interior design, it also carried a new edition of its iconic twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V8 engine.
Mulsanne's first upgrade was the Mulliner Driving Specification. Introduced in 2012, its eye-catching, new design showcased Bentley Flying ‘B’ wing vents and a diamond-quilted leather trimmed cabin matched with a large tilt-opening tinted glass sunroof. It also had an exquisitely-designed, electrically-operated bottle cooler.
The Speed, which was second in a line of three Mulsanne versions, was introduced in 2015. The Mulsanne Speed carried over an upgraded version of the 6.75-liter V8 engine, and boasted of styling features that mimic the essence of quintessential British luxury.
The next Mulsanne made its debut in 2016, this time setting the bar higher in terms of luxury. Its entire front-end style of the car (forward of the A pillar) was completely redesigned, and it also featured a selection of on-board infotainment systems that created the most luxurious listening and visual experience on the move.
The final Mulsanne--the Mulsanne 6.75 Eidition by Mulliner, is the last in the lineup. Finished this 2020, it takes its name from the legendary 6.75-litre engine. It is also this edition where it ends its production .
The ‘6.75 Edition’ will be limited to only 30 units. Under the bonnet, the Engine Number Plaque – traditionally signed by the craftsman that built the engine – will contain the signature of Hallmark himself.
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