The modern Extended Wheelbase model only makes the 2017 Bentley Mulsanne more of the it turned out intended as: a heroically impressive hyper-luxury limousine.
The 2017 Bentley Mulsanne is the largest, most luxurious Bentley yet, hand-built to exacting specifications and customizable with nearly what you can imagine. The iconically styled Mulsanne remains all the marque’s traditions to provide a regal, polished face to the world.
It earns an 8 out from 10 on our overall scale, and even though onpar gps and comfort are stratospheric, its gas mileage figures absolutely are a figurative boat anchor for the rest of the ratings.
Styling and performance
Released with the 2011 model year instead with the Azure, the Mulsanne gets its first major update for 2017. The highlight is digging in a different Extended Wheelbase model that is 9.8 inches longer, together with the length benefiting rear leg room. Other changes include exterior tweaks back and front, an all-new infotainment system, new contoured seats, a stiffened chassis, and numerous new rear seat choices to leverage the extra room while in the Extended Wheelbase model.
The Extended Wheelbase joins the base model, called Signature, as well as sportier Mulsanne Speed.
While the appearance is completely exactly like the 2011-2016 models, the Mulsanne receives some styling tweaks for 2017, including a completely new front from your windshield forward. The commanding grille is 3.1 inches wider this year, plus it adds vertical vanes like Bentleys of old. However, the matrix shape with the grille mesh is there; it rests behind those bars, The headlights support the standard rounded look, but you’re new, using exclusively LEDs by having an outer light ring. The outer lights progress up slightly to take a seat on the same plane as being the headlights.
The looks can be quite a very similar with the Extended Wheelbase model. However, a corner doors longer, and to destroy on the large mass of sheet metal the excess length creates, Bentley has added a dip while in the shoulder line just before rear wheel. We like this dose of design flair and think the typical length car would take advantage of it as a well.
In the hood of all models is really a twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V-8 engine. This engine traces its lineage back 60 years and it is odd in that it is a pushrod V-8 at a European manufacturer. It can be somewhat outdated, yet it’s not without power. In standard form it puts out 505 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque. The resulting acceleration is brisk, reaching 60 mph from rest in barely 5.1 seconds, 100 mph in 11.6 seconds, and a premier speed of 184 mph.
Select the Mulsanne Speed, however, and you will get 530 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque. The performance numbers are even more impressive, especially the fact that that video brick-shaped car that weighs almost three tons: 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, 0-100 mph in 11.1 seconds, and a premier speed of 190 mph.
The 8-speed automatic gearbox while in the Mulsanne is smooth in standard form. In the Speed, it’s calibrated to leverage the increase torque. yet it’s still quite smooth.
By having the Extended Wheelbase model, Bentley employed several measures to stiffen the dwelling, a few of which benefit all models. The crossmember closest to a corner subframe was thickened and longitudinal shear plates were added in the exact same area. The subframe mounts and suspension mounting points were also strengthened. Finally and only for the Extended Wheelbase, the low door sills were fortified.
All Mulsannes use a self-leveling air suspension with continuous damping control. The proportions and efficiency with the air suspension are increased this year, and it works with those adjustable shocks to handle car’s 5,919-pound curb weight admirably, even during Comfort mode. The ride is more controlled while in the Bentley and (in the Speed) Sport settings. When planning to hustle the larger Mulsanne Speed through curvier areas of highway, the Bentley or Sport modes are preferable, while they maintain ride comfort while better enabling the side-to-side transitions required in a brisk pace. In the Mulsanne Speed, Sport mode also adds heft to the steering, improving feel.
In town, Comfort mode is the favorite mode of travel, as well as Mulsanne Speed provides all of the typical car—it holds somewhat more pace in reserve. Basically, the Speed envelops the typical Mulsanne’s capabilities without having to sacrifice anything.
Those shared capabilities are impressive, too, and the majority of them refer to coddling occupants, entertaining them, or getting work done. No less than 16 full cow hides constitute the door-to-door, floor-to-ceiling leather upholstery, each hand-selected for its fine grain and feel. Rich wood veneers (typically walnut, but some others are available) wrap around the whole cabin. Finely finished metals lend substance and heft to vent pulls and knobs. Switches and buttons are largely made of glass, another material that lends the car’s air of permanence and substance.
Quality, safety, and features
Seating, front and rear, is eminently comfortable, infinitely adjustable, and truly beautiful. The front seat isn’t an help-only zone: it’s rich and lavish and as well-finished as the rest of the car. The popular infotainment product state of the art, thanks to Bentley’s affiliation with Audi. It features both an 8-inch touchscreen as well as a rotating dial controller, a la Audi’s MMI system, and they are available in Apple CarPlay compatibility and in-car wi-fi via 4G LTE connectivity. Hyper luxury cars often lag in infotainment options, but the ultra-modern Mulsanne does not.
Digging in the Extended Wheelbase model extends their email list of rear seat options. The popular $13,670 Comfort Specification comes equipped with two rear airline-style reclining seats with leg rests, massage and ventilation for all seats, comfort headrests with Alcantara headrest pads, as well as 2 loose bolsters. Bentley says the leg rests extend further than any about the market.
Also new will be the $19,355 Entertainment Specification with Google Maps. It has a 20-speaker, 20-channel, 2,200-watt Naim audio system, veneered rear picnic tables that fold down from the front seatbacks, and some 10.2-inch Samsung tablets, also perfectly found on the front seat backs. These removable tablets allow rear seat passengers to manipulate the car’s climate and entertainment systems, browse the web, and gain access to a large number of Android apps. All Mulsannes are available with a bottle cooler (for wine or champagne) with matching flutes that sit between the rear passengers.
Reading out the usual features list in the Bentley Mulsanne is a training in excess, too. A specially developed, flat-cut and leather-bound carpet ensconces the interior floor, available in 22 colors; 23 seat belt colors can be purchased, with buckles color-matched to your hides selected; the aforementioned wood, metal, and glass trim and switchgear elements; the driver’s panel’s inverted aviation-style gauges; an 8.0-inch display for the infotainment system, 14-speaker audio system, and far more.
Other standard and available choices include acoustic glazing with infrared reflective layer; rear privacy blinds; front and rear cigar lighters with ashtrays; CD, DVD, SD, and USB inputs; Bluetooth connectivity; and far more.
Standard security features include front driver and passenger airbags, head and thorax airbags for front and rear passengers, seatbelts with pyrotechnic pre-tensioners and force limiters, ISOFIX child seat tethers, and an interior volumetric alarm system. Newly around for 2017 are blind spot warning and adaptable headlights that adjust the beam based upon speed: short and wide for low speed, long and narrow for high speeds. Adaptive cruise control is additionally available. The 2017 Mulsanne were and aren’t going to be crash tested by the standard agencies.
Should you be related to fuel consumption rate, the Bentley Mulsanne isn’t for you. Bentley hasn’t released 2017 fuel economy figures, however should match the 2016 ratings of 11 mpg city, 18 highway, 13 combined. These figures actually are not bad for such a substantial, heavy car thanks to cylinder-deactivation technology that disables four in the eight cylinders while cruising at constant speed.