Limited-run model sits at top of Mulsanne range; joined on showstand by new Flying Spur V8 and one-off Bentayga

Bentley has revealed two new cars and a one-off model at the Beijing motor show.

The first car, the limited-run Mulsanne First Edition, makes its world debut, while the second, the new Flying Spur V8 S, has been shown to the Chinese public for the first time. The third car is a one-off Bentayga that’s been created to demonstrate the craftsmanship of Bentley’s workforce.

Muslanne First Edition

Just 50 First Edition Mulsannes will be built, each receiving unique detailing and features and extra standard kit. The trim level can be applied to any of the Mulsanne models, including the Mulsanne Speed and Extended Wheelbase.

On the bonnet of each First Edition Mulsanne is a bespoke engraved Flying B ornament, while inside, First Edition motifs are positioned throughout the cabin and there’s Union Jack embroidery on the seats.Included as standard with all First Editions is a Mulliner sterling silver vanity kit, created by Asprey of London and housed within the car’s rear picnic table. The set includes a vanity mirror, hairbrush and comb. Buyers can also add an optional champagne cooler.

Bentley hasn’t revealed pricing for its latest Mulsanne yet – the model was facelifted earlier this year – but it’s expected to slightly increase on the outgoing car’s £229,360 starting price. A similar increase is expected with the Mulsanne Speed, which was priced from £252,000.

First Edition models are likely to command a significant premium on those numbers, however. The First Edition version of the Bentayga SUV costs about £70,000 more than the standard car. This suggests the cheapest First Edition car could be priced from close to £300,000.

Flying Spur V8 S

We’ve already seen the Flying Spur V8 in Europe, when it was shown at the Geneva motor show in March, but this is the first time the Chinese public has seen Bentley’s new 521bhp saloon.

Powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-litre engine, the V8 S has 21bhp more than the regular V8, with torque peaking at 502lb ft. This enables the luxury saloon to accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.6sec and on to a top speed of 190mph.

Like the Mulsanne, pricing for the Flying Spur V8 S is yet to be revealed, but UK buyers shouldn’t expect much change back from £170,000.

Bentayga by Mulliner

Bentley’s bespoke coachbuilding arm Mulliner has created a one-off Bentayga to demonstrate what can be done with handcrafted veneer.

The car features 30 individual pieces made from 10 different veneers, shaped to form a detailed moutainscape picture. Bentley says the Beijing Bentayga shows just how limitless the design possibilities are when Mulliner works on its vehicles.

Our Verdict

Bentley Mulsanne

The Bentley Mulsanne is a luxuriously well appointed limo with a dash of real driver appeal

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24 April 2016
Very smart


24 April 2016
Suspect it's a lovely place to sit but it looked bloody awful on the outside... Of all the premium brands I think Bentley is my least favourite. They all have a face even their mother would struggle to love.

24 April 2016
The car is fine (if you like that sort of thing; I don't) but the "First Edition" badges are unbelievably tacky to my eyes. The name doesn't even make any sense, given that the Mulsanne has been on sale for six years. Of course, you do get an Asprey vanity kit for your extra £70,000...what a brilliantly apt accessory for this car! Oh, and Winston, you are being ironic, right?

24 April 2016
+1, the branding is terrible.

24 April 2016
I think people are missing the point. This car is a showcase. You can have any sort if branding you want stitched into the seat backs, or any design you want, or no design. Thats the whole point of getting a Bentley.

25 April 2016
So why would you pay £50k plus for a 'first edition' and then make it indistinguishable from any other model?

24 April 2016
Great Cars, really nice, good for jobs & the balance of payments, but at these prices it shows that we live in a perverse world where the rich are in a league of their own. (they live on another planet)
Plus it looks like they used an-ex Opel/Vauxhall Astra designer to style the Spur`s lower bumper.

25 April 2016
The exterior doesn't hide its bulk well. But it's the interior that is grossly overdesigned. It's nolonger about coordination of shapes (Rolls Royce is a master of form in the luxury sector) but accumulation of fussy trims. Does a door panel require so many layerings?

25 April 2016
Reminds me of the plethora of special edition Ford Escorts that got churned out in the 80s where you got a cheap vinyl sticker on the back, some different wheel covers and some mud flaps included.

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