Final Bentley Mulsanne Assembled, Flying Spur Becomes Flagship
Final Bentley Mulsanne assembled, Flying Spur becomes a flagship
LA BENTLEY MULSANNE – THE END OF AN ERA
Mulsanne comes to the end of production after more than a decade
The unique “6.75” edition closes the summit of automotive luxury
Celebrations of socially distanced colleagues around the final cars
Over 7,300 handcrafted vehicles in Crewe, Cheshire
Flying Spur becomes a new flagship model
(Crewe, June 25, 2020) After more than a decade of production, the last example of the Mulsanne is complete, signifying the end of an illustrious and extraordinary lifespan. More than 7,300 copies – all handcrafted at Bentley’s home in Crewe, Cheshire – epitomized Bentley’s ability to produce the ultimate luxury sedan.
With typical end-of-production celebrations reduced by the COVID-19 pandemic, colleagues at Bentley gathered for socially distant photographs with the final cars, and marked the departure of Mulsanne by sharing their thoughts on the outgoing flagship. of Bentley on camera. Bentley is today publishing both this Colleague film and a series of images from the penultimate customer car – a Mulsanne Speed ”6.75 Edition by Mulliner” finished in pink gold on Tungsten, aimed at a customer lucky in the United States. An extremely special and final Mulsanne remains behind the penultimate car – however, its future home remains a closely guarded secret.
The line of Mulsanne can be traced through the history of Bentley, from the original 8 liters of 1930 – the last car designed and developed by W.O. Bentley himself – as the most luxurious Bentley coach of his time.
Bentley President and CEO Adrian Hallmark comments:
“The Mulsanne is the culmination of everything we have learned at Bentley in our first 100 years of producing the finest luxury cars in the world. The flagship of our range of models for over a decade, the Mulsanne has firmly anchored its place in the history of Bentley as a true icon. I am extremely proud of the hundreds of designers, engineers and craftsmen who have given life to the Mulsanne over the past ten years. Now, as we embark on Bentley’s journey to define the future of sustainable luxury mobility through our Beyond100 strategy, the role of Bentley’s flagship product is transferred to the new Flying Spur. “
In the past 11 years, more than 700 people have invested nearly three million hours in the production of Bentley’s ultra-luxury sedan. The production of Mulsanne bodies required around 42 million spot welds and the creation of the sumptuous leather interiors took more than a million hours alone. Almost 90,000 hours were spent polishing cars, in front of more than four million individual quality control points. Mulsanne was a labor of love.
A story from Mulsanne
Since the launch of the Mulsanne, the car has continued to evolve throughout its life. Revealed to the world at Pebble Beach in 2009, the all-new Mulsanne, developed from scratch at Bentley’s home in Crewe, featured a unique exterior and interior design, chassis and a new variant of the iconic V8 twin turbocharger of 6 , 75 liters engine.
Mulsanne’s first improvements in the form of the highly distinctive Mulliner driving specification were introduced in 2012. A range of striking new design features, including unique 21-inch alloy wheels, Bentley Flying “B fender vents And a cabin trimmed in diamond quilted leather, matched with a large tinted glass sunroof with tilting opening and an exquisitely designed electrically operated bottle cooler.
The second in a series of three Mulsanne derivatives – the Speed - was unveiled in 2015. Bringing the fastest ultra-luxury driving experience to life, the Mulsanne Speed housed an improved version of the V8 engine. 6.75 liters, developing 537 hp (530 hp / 530 hp). 395 kW) and 1100 Nm (811 lb.ft), as well as a selectable driver-oriented suspension and sport steering. New and contemporary style features have defined the Mulsanne Speed as a statement in British luxury par excellence.
A new Mulsanne family made its debut in Geneva in 2016, when the car received a multitude of improvements to raise the level of luxury offered in the most prestigious luxury sedan in the world. A series of elegantly executed style revisions distinguished the new Mulsanne from its predecessor. The entire front styling of the car (at the front of the A-pillar) has been completely redesigned. The fenders, hood, radiator shell, grilles, lights – and the front and rear bumpers – have all been updated, giving the car a more modern and integrated appearance.
Inside, the new Mulsanne also offered redesigned seats, new door trim and armrests, and unique glass fixtures. The new Mulsanne had an all-new infotainment system with advanced navigation technology. It also included a selection of on-board infotainment systems that raised the bar for audio and visual entertainment on the go.
In addition, the extended Mulsanne wheelbase, the third Mulsanne variant, was developed with the rear passenger in mind. The 250 mm extension of the Mulsanne’s wheelbase (from 3,266 mm to 3,516 mm) was entirely in favor of the rear passenger legroom. This significant increase in interior space has made the Mulsanne extended wheelbase the most generously proportioned luxury limousine in the world, and by far the most comfortable way to travel on four wheels. The addition of a beautifully appointed console to separate the two rear seats, air-style electronic legrests, privacy curtains and an ornate folding table complimented the unmatched luxury environment.
Mulsanne 6.75 Edition by Mulliner
In 2020, the production cars of the final series form the unique “6.75 Edition by Mulliner” which marks the end of Mulsanne’s reign. Taking its name from the legendary 6.75 liter engine, which also arrived at the end of production this year after more than 60 years, the “6.75 Edition” is limited to only 30 copies.
Subtle tributes to the car engine are evident throughout the car. To name a few, the shutdown vent controls are replaced by models topped with miniature versions of the engine oil plug. The clock faces and minor gauges show schematic sectional drawings of the engine itself.
The dark color treatments of the Flying B hood mascot, the Mulliner Serenity grille and the exhaust trim bring definition to the front of the car, while the 21-inch five-spoke Mulsanne Speed wheel has a unique shiny machined finish with shiny black pockets.
Under the hood, the engine intake manifold will be finished in black instead of traditional silver, and the engine number plate – traditionally signed by the craftsman who built the engine – was signed by Adrian Hallmark himself -even.
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