Well, we’ve waited long enough. We’ve suffered the tease of the new ‘Grand’ Bentley (which wasn’t as entertaining as the tease for the New Jaguar XJ). But finally Bentley has got round to revealing the new Bentley, and its name – The Bentley Mulsanne.
The Bentley Mulsanne has been revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this afternoon and, thankfully, it looks just how a big Bentley should. And it’s not just a butched up and enlarged version of the Flying Spur – although it 11″ longer than its ‘VW Bentley’ sibling – it is a metamorphosis of the Rolls Royce era legacy Bentley Arnage in to a super luxury saloon to compete headlong with its former siblings from Rolls Royce.
Up front the Bentley Mulsanne gets a treatment very reminiscent of the old Bentley Eight litre, with its big round headlights flanked by off-set smaller ones. But with daytime LEDs running round the circumference of the big headlights there is going to be no mistaking this 21st century Bentley for any other car.
The lines flow elegantly to the rear on an incredibly low-sitting car – on its all new chassis – to the rear where – at first glance – there seems to be a fair bit of ‘Continental’ going on. But there isn’t when you analyse it, but cleverly done to give a familiar Bentley feel.
Inside, Bentley tell us that the old-fashioned organ-stop dominated switchgear has gone to be replaced by modern switchgear and chrome accented dials. And of course the hides of a small herd of the finest bulls and the product of a small plantation for the acres of beautifully finished wood. But as Bentley haven’t given us inside pictures we’ll just have to take their word for it for now.
The Bentley Mulsanne will get its official reveal proper at Frankfurt next month. Until then, we’ll have to continue speculating on the power plant (gives us something to do) as Bentley are not revealing engine or other oily-spec until then.
All the Bentley blurb is in the Bentley Mulsanne Press Release.