British automaker Bentley has announced the recent delivery of its first Mulsanne extended-wheelbase (EWB) limousine in Karnataka. The 5.8m-long, stretched-out Mulsanne is powered by a 6.8-litre, twin-turbo V8 petrol engine that puts out 512hp and 1,020Nm of torque. The colossal output figures are capable of propelling the 2.7-tonne Bentley to 100kph from a standstill in a mere 5.1sec.
In our market, the Mulsanne is available in either standard- or extended-wheelbase (SWB or EWB) guise, with the latter adding 250mm to the wheelbase for enhanced rear-passenger legroom. As can be expected for a car in its class, Bentley offers a high degree of customisation for the Mulsanne so as to match the owner’s preferences. Accordingly, the super-luxury limousine that was recently delivered to VS Reddy, founder and managing director of British Biologicals, wears a Rose Gold exterior paint shade and is specced-up with the ‘Mulliner Driving Specification’ package that adds 21-inch polished alloy wheels, diamond-quilted leather upholstery, rear quarter vanity mirrors, lambswool rugs and ‘Handcrafted by Bentley Mulliner’ treadplates to the already premium offering.
The personalised Bentley Mulsanne EWB also boasts of a gold-plated ‘Flying B’ radiator mascot to complement the gold-detailed badging on the bonnet, boot, wheel centres and steering wheel. The cabin is exquisitely finished in burnt-oak-coloured leather upholstery with burr walnut veneer trim bits. And to deliver a superlative degree of comfort to the chauffeur-driven owners, the Mulsanne is equipped with airline-style reclining rear seats with powered leg rests. Other premium equipment on offer includes seat ventilation and a massage function for all four seats, twin 10.4-inch electrically deployable tablets and a refrigerated bottle cooler for the rear passengers, along with a large panoramic sunroof.
Originally introduced in 2010, the Mulsanne is the flagship model of the British marque’s vehicle range and a worthy contender to the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Phantom. While the current Mulsanne is not due for replacement until the 2020s, Bentley is already evaluating the prospects of going down the all-electric route for its successor.