Bentley launched the modern Mulsanne in 2010 as the successor to their flagship Arnage saloon, with a 6.75 litre V8 engine and a wheelbase to compete with the Rolls-Royce Phantom and Mercedes-Benz Maybach. The Bentley Mulsanne is not a mass-production car like the Continental or Bentayga – it is pretty much entirely hand-built and each car takes 9-12 weeks to produce. The engine too is exclusive to the Mulsanne and takes 30 hours to build.
Largely considered a car to be chauffeured in, the model was still engineered to be relatively fun and sporty to drive. Carried over from the successful Continental models a ‘Speed’ variant was added to the Mulsanne line-up later, with a modified engine putting out more horsepower and torque, as well as upgraded suspension settings and cosmetic styling.
One popular option to look out for on the Mulsanne is the Mulliner Driving Specification, which adds sportier steering and suspension, differentiated styling, diamond quilted leather, knurled interior metal finish and a range of exclusive colours and veneers. In 2016, an extended wheelbase version was introduced, largely to cater for Far East market demand.