Bentley Mulsanne production ends after 11 years
The final Bentley Mulsanne has rolled out of the brand's facility in Crewe, England. The Mulsanne has been Bentley's flagship limousine for just over a decade and in that time over 7,300 examples have been sold.
The end of Mulsanne production is also the culmination of a line of Bentley luxury sedans that can trace their lineage back to the original 8 Litre of 1930 - the last car designed and developed by W.O. Bentley. In keeping with this heritage, over 700 people have invested nearly three million hours in making the Mulsanne over the last 11 years.
Since it's debut at Pebble Beach in 2009, the Mulsanne has seen numerous iterations. The first of these was the sporty Mulliner Driving Specification from 2012. The most notable of these have been the Mulsanne Speed from 2015, which debuted a 537PS and 1,100 Nm version of the iconic 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8. Unique sport suspension and steering was also added. With the arrival of the more luxurious facelift in 2016, an Extended Wheelbase option was also added to the line-up with a 250mm wheelbase extension.
The end of Mulsanne production also brings to an end to the L-Seris 6.75-litre V8, a motor in continuous production for 61 years. As a tribute to both, the Mulsanne and the V8, the final 30 examples are being built as '6.75 Edition by Mulliner'. These feature themes from the engine in the cabin, a dark engine cover and dark themed exterior trim. The car seen here is the second-to-last Mulsanne, finished in Rose Gold over Tungsten. Bently has something special in store for the last-ever Mulsanne, details of which are not known yet.
With the Mulsanne and the 6.75-litre V8 gone, the Flying Spur will become the flagship Bentley saloon. The Mulsanne is expected to be replaced by a new SUV while the Bentley brand will use the more modern powerplants from the VW Group. These are the 6.0-litre W12, the 4.0-litre V8 turbo and the V6 hybrid. The last engine is already available on the Bentayga and will soon follow in the Flying Spur in 2023.
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