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Here Are the Craziest Options on the Bentley Mulsanne
When you get into the world of ultra-luxury cars, you also get into the world of ultra-ridiculous personalization. Gone are the moments when you have to decide between a DVD player or a navigation system because you can't afford both. Instead, you have to decide which drink-serving setup you want in the rear seats.
Few vehicles provide better examples of that than the Bentley Mulsanne, Bentley's flagship sedan -- positioned above the Flying Spur, the Continental GT and the Bentayga -- with a base price of $304,700 before options. And there are many, many, many options. And while Bentley's configurator doesn't tell us what they cost, I've highlighted the more ridiculous ones below.
Color Choices (and Names)
The most ridiculous thing on the Bentley Mulsanne configurator is undoubtedly the car's ridiculous color names. Shown above is a color called Julep. This is completely true. It is one of 13 different whites and yellows. There are also 16 reds and purples -- among them are Sunset, Claret and Damson -- and 20 different blues, including Kingfisher, Peacock and Jetstream II. Because you could never be seen in Jetstream I.
Refrigerated Bottle Cooler
The Mulsanne offers three separate selections for rear-seat refreshment consumption and storage. There's the illuminated cocktail cabinet with crystal decanters, the refrigerated bottle cooler with frosted glass and my personal favorite, the refrigerated bottle cooler with frosted glass AND bespoke crystal champagne flutes. If you own a vehicle like this, do you need additional champagne flutes? Probably not. But you're going to get them!
When you're ordering a Mulsanne, you can choose between two different umbrella setups. Because of course you can choose between two different umbrella setups. For the, um, less fortunate among us, there's the option of just two city umbrellas, while drivers with big bank accounts will instead opt for the more luxurious four city umbrellas. Just imagine if you're among the crowd who chooses just two umbrellas! Every time you open your trunk and glance at your two umbrellas, you'll see that blank space, and you'll know you cheaped out.
Veneered Picnic Tables
Naturally, the Mulsanne offers rear picnic tables. That in itself is pretty funny (do people really picnic in their $350,000 luxury sedans?), but it gets even more ridiculous: If the standard picnic tables are simply not enough for you, you can get veneered picnic tables. Bentley suggests that such an option enables rear passengers "to relax or work en route to their destination in style," suggesting the losers who opt for the veneerless picnic tables are simply relaxing and working en route to their destination with absolutely no style to speak of. Heathens.
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.