2017 Bentley Mulsanne: Not A Racer, But A Powerful Beast

Mar 10, 2017 11:10 AM EST | Anthony Aventador

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Launched in 2010 as a replacement for the 11-year-old Arnage, the 2017 Bentley Mulsanne is currently Bentley's range-topping sedan, that's sitting above the Continental Flying Spur in the lineup. The car is arguably the most exquisite limited-edition based on the full-size sedan so far.

The facelifted Mulsanne is powered by a 6.75-liter V8 and produces 505 hp and a maximum torque of 752 lb-ft, at 1,750 rpm. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, which isn't that bad. It weighs almost 6,000 lb and has a top speed of 184 mph.

The major changes on the car will include a revised fenders, lights, hood, bumper, and stainless-steel grille. This updated model drops the mesh grille for a flat, vertical one, inspired by previous models like the 8 Liter, Embiricos, and . LED headlights flank the grille, while its outer lamps integrate concealed washers.

As standard, the car comes with 20-inch wheels. The 21-inch ones are available at an extra cost and come standard on the Mulsanne Speed. The side view also reveals new discreet B-shaped vents behind the wheel arches.

The 's interior features the classic near-vertical dashboard covered in burl veneer, characteristics of all British luxury vehicles. There are 13 wood trim choices offered, and every single bit of the interior surface is covered in leather, wood, wool and stainless steel. It takes 150 hours for workers in the UK to handcraft the cabin of this vehicle.

An interesting feature of the car is that the fuel and engine temp gauges are located on the center console. A new infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen. It can also be specced with a Naim audio system that comes with 20 speakers and 2200 watt digital amplifier.

The Mulsanne is a modern luxury car that comes with high-end safety features. It includes an adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, front cross-traffic camera, rear view camera, collision mitigation, and blind spot monitor.

The 2017 Bentley Mulsanne is named for the Mulsanne Straight at the Le Mans track, where the brand has won six times over the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. But the car is no racer, it is a magnificent, powerful beast.

 

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