At the Geneva auto show Bentley has released full details on the ultra-luxury Mulsanne model.
And lots of details there are. First off, though, let's start with the powertrain figures, which are impressive enough. The Bentley Mulsanne comes with a twin-turbocharged 6.75 liter V8 engine with 512 PS (505 bhp / 377 kW) and a massive 1020 Nm (752 lb-ft) of torque kicking in at an early 1750 rpm.
But that is just the start of it because, as Bentley says, they only begin to build their cars where other automakers end, and the true exceptionalism of the Mulsanne is found in its luxury fixtures. "Over 170 hours - almost half the entire build process - goes into crafting the interior of the new Mulsanne," says head of interior design at Bentley Robin Page.
Rolling on standard 20-inch wheels (21-inch optional) the Mulsanne is more like a presidential suite on wheels than a vehicle with a few luxury fittings. There's the 60 GB multi-media system with an 8-inch dashboard screen and a 14-speaker audio system which also includes USB connectivity. The leather finish is available in 24 different colors, there are 23 seatbelt colors to choose from, the finest woods line the cabin, and Bentley's own carpeting with more fiber depth and density line the floor. It takes 15 hours just to hand-stitch the steering wheel.
The list of other points of luxury and technology goes on and on. See the press release for the full details.