First unveiled at the 2016 Geneva motor show, the revamped Mulsanne range is comprised of four models for the first time as customers can choose from two specifications of Extended Wheelbase - one with increased rear leg room and the other offering six seats in a four-up, face-to-face rear-seat configuration.
In addition, the entire Mulsanne range has been facelifted with what its makers describe as a “fresh and modern” look and new chassis tech to deliver what is claimed to be “the world’s most refined ride”, as it bids to assert itself against newer flagship rivals ranging from the Rolls-Royce Phantom through to the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
Underlining the importance of the Mulsanne to Bentley, chief executive Wolfgang Durheimer, said: “The Mulsanne is the epitome of Bentley’s DNA - exquisite, individual and powerful. It defines luxury in the automotive world.”
2016 Bentley Mulsanne powertrain and chassis
Power for the standard car comes from the same 6.75-litre V8, which is linked to an eight-speed automatic ZF transmission and which delivers an unchanged 505bhp and 752lb ft of torque. The 0-60mph time remains 5.1sec, with a top speed of 184mph. Official fuel economy is 19.3mpg, up from 16.8mpg, with CO2 emissions of 342g/km, down from 393g/km.
New chassis hardware includes active engine mounts and revised suspension bushes, which deliver a more controlled ride that drivers can adapt between Bentley, Sport, Comfort and custom modes. Meanwhile a new tyre construction that features sound wave-absorbing foam created in partnership with Dunlop reduces cabin noise by up to 4dBA - which is more than half of the noise level generated in the cabin in the current car.