|2017 Bentley Mulsanne elegant, luxurious, vehicle kings and queens|
Scaling around three tons, packaging torque-grade 18-wheeler from the twin-turbo pushrod V8s, and boasting handmade interior of London raised the highest of mergers and acquisitions lawyer's office, this machine presents a dignified but firm warning to the century of Fordism.
We drove all three versions of the Mulsanne in Austria and southern Germany, where the combination of autobahn, little Bavarian town gingerbready and winding mountain roads showed surprising flexibility of the real world of luxury, powerful giants.
|2017 Bentley Mulsanne elegant, luxurious, vehicle kings and queen|
Mulsanne engine is hand-assembled, old-school, 16-valve pushrod V8 displacing 412 cubic inches, a descendant of a family of engines stretching back to the 1950s. Thanks to clear 21st century turbocharging technology and engine-control version of Speed for powerplant makes 811 pound-feet of torque at just-outside-tick-over 1,750 rpm (in other model Mulsanne, drivers should be prepared with just 752 pound-feet ).
When you get the speed, the base price is $ 30,930 more than that of Mulsanne ordinary, and that's before you get the optional-but-not-really-optional $ 17,335 carbon-ceramic brakes. However, this speed is much more fun to drive than other Mulsannes (without imposing significant penalties ride quality) that anyone planning to sit in the driver's seat must shell out the extra dosh for it. The extra power of the engine speed is visible, but the real difference between Free and regular Mulsanne becomes most obvious when one allows the Sport mode and drive mode un-chauffeurish. Where the front tires tend to hijack the regular Mulsanne alarming when cornering hard, what with their top three tons of mass, speed feels surprisingly light and grippy. This speed has a better setting transmission control, as well, with kickdowns faster when you mash the throttle and firmer upshifts when you use all that torque noble.
|2017 Bentley Mulsanne elegant, luxurious, vehicle kings|
Carbon-ceramic brakes are optional Speed, in a word, amazing. At one point on the Autobahn, I have to get hard on the brakes around 155 mph when the Golf TDI flows into the left lane ahead, and those brakes eat 100 mph speeds of three ton vehicle in seconds with zero drama. Likewise, on the mountain road speed brakes did not fade or make noises that are not pleasant.
The idea of the Mulsanne, Bentley according thinker, is that the owner can drive to work during the week and then handed over the key driver when it is time to go out on the town. It must be nice to be a rich man.
What Mulsanne is really all about, though, is the skill. It takes 400 hours to build one, and it includes a hand-sanding all the layers of paint and lacquer, 150 hours hand-stitching leather upholstery, and hand-formed and grain-matching of all 40 pieces of wood.
|2017 Bentley Mulsanne elegant, luxurious, vehicle kings interior|
The most impressive bit of fabrication and design in these cars must be air-style folding table in the extended wheelbase Mulsanne (Optional $ 12,670). This mechanism is purely mechanical, with 761 hand-engine components (most of which are invisible to the user, but they will know that each piece is a work of art), and tables can support 88 pounds each.
It should go without saying that all three versions of the Mulsanne quiet conscience a high frequency trader is in, even at Autobahn speeds; Bentley engineers optimized everything so as to smooth out the sound clunkity-expansion-joint-and-hole surface level of deferred maintenance freeway Los Angeles'. Tires filled with special noise-reducing foam. All in all, it costs about as much as a nice home, because that's about as much work to build a good house.