With an ancestry of astonishingly expensive cars, the new 2017 Mulsanne Speed is a niche carved within a niche.
The Flying Spur from Bentley, which costs around $ 200K, and also the regular Mulsanne have been eclipsed by their new, faster, and pricier sibling in town, the Mulsanne Speed. At eighteen feet and costing $ 400K, the Bentley Mulsanne Speed is a hyper-luxury sedan from the British carmaker.
Though the name does not require a review before purchase, still, if you belong to the very, very small fraction of the one percent people who are planning on buying this exclusive, very expensive car, then you have probably crossed the choices of other luxury cars like the Rolls-Royce Phantom, or a Mercedes-Maybach.
Counts in A Few Hundreds of Dollars
The starting price of the hyper-luxury sedan comes at $ 335,600 (£ 252k in the UK) which obviously will not let you dodge keeping in mind from where it is coming. Neither will the options which are worth almost seventy thousand dollars. Just the carbon ceramic brakes will cost you more than $ 17K, and not to forget the infotainment upgraded entertainment specifications which include the Google Maps and cost almost twenty thousand dollars. The refrigerated bottle cooler comes with matching custom-made crystal champagne flutes and costs a whopping $ 11K.
Bentley is known for its aesthetic choice and this time the 2017 Mulsanne Speed, with an elegant gaping snout, does not disappoint too with the distinguishing metallic brown body with extra chrome lashings which magnetize the eyes and the interiors are done with the whimsical Porpoise leather which is accompanied by secondary hide from Anthracite.
Under the Hood
The Mulsanne is described by Bentley as a luxury limousine sporting four doors and five seats. The sculpted hood has a twin-turbo V8 engine with 6.75 liters capacity which produces a power of 530 HP and 811 lb-ft torque. The torque is produced at just 1,750 rpm which is fed directly to the rear wheels through an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. With a curb weight of 6,000 pounds, the sedan can propel from 0-60 mph in just 4.8 seconds, while it takes 11.1 seconds to reach 100 mph from zero. The top speed is 190 mph.
The other impressive features apart from the monstrous speed are the no all-wheel drive, the self-leveling air suspension, a jigsaw of sweet-smelling hide stitched by artisans. The cabin seats, which are more plush and supportive, are wrapped in leather, along with the pillars, the roof, and the dashboard. If it is not leather, then it is wood, carbon fiber, or metal trim lashings. The infotainment system has been updated to the latest version and comes with an 8-inch touchscreen display along with CarPlay. There comes an optional Naim audio system of 2,200 watts power with 20 speakers.
For the rear-seat passengers, the front-seat backs come accustomed with twin 10.2-inch glide out for Android tablets which is integrated with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi- hotspot and an array of hidden control panels for adjusting the massage settings, reclining the seats, and for general bolstering.
Flaws behind the Flair
When you are paying as high as in six figures for an automobile, obviously there would be an expectation of perfection. Though the 2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed is luxury incarnated, still it comes with a few flaws which could have been fixed up very easily. There is an occasional and a squeamish oddness in the navigation system and there is no assistance for lane-keeping. Though the car’s LED headlights can adjust its width to reach a size depending on the speed at which the car is traveling, there is no emergency auto-braking facility or even a forward collision warning.
The only reason that the car is still bought in spite of its basic flaws is all because it comes down to rarity and exclusivity. Just a few hundreds of Bentley Mulsanne is manufactured every year in the US and the Speed variant makes it to an even fewer number. The Bentley still manages to turn heads only by virtue of its style and stature, not to forget the monstrous speed, which keeps many high-end variants of Mercedes or BMW or any other luxury car at bay.