A moonroof is now standard, a double-iPad package offers on-the-move Wi-Fi, a theater package has a 15.6-inch drop-down monitor and eight-inch headrest screens, and a cooler holds two open bottles of champagne. It’s good to be rich...more
The Mulsanne is the ultimate Bentley sedan, combining tradition, engineering, and luxury. Its aluminum front fenders and composite trunk lid comprise a largely vain effort to save weight, but that hardly matters since there’s a twin-turbo V-8 under the hood sending an incredible 752 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Bentley quotes a top speed of 184 mph, not bad for a 5700-pound sedan lined with your choice of eight wood veneers and twenty-four leather colors. Assembly specialists spend 170 hours handcrafting the interior of each car, and it shows in everything you see, touch, and smell. The infotainment system hides discreetly behind a power-operated veneered wood door. The rear-seat compartment has its own hidden treasures: the new $33,000 iPad package provides twin electrically powered picnic tables that deploy at the touch of a button to reveal two beautifully integrated iPads and Apple wireless keyboards for internet access via the Wi-Fi connection. Another new option is a cooler that stores two champagne bottles in a canted position (to keep two open bottles ready to pour) and three flutes hidden behind a powered glass door. Pile on the options, and the Mulsanne’s $300,000 base price quickly leaps toward the stratosphere, but who cares when you’re indulging your fantasies?
Front, side, and side curtain air bags; traction and stability control; ABS; a backup camera; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard. Precollision warning (part of the active cruise-control system) is optional.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Bentley Mulsanne
- Rolls-Royce Phantom
- A motor yacht
- A small condo in Miami