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2017 Bentley Mulsanne: Overview

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author photo by Doug DeMuro May 2017

What's New for 2017?

The 2017 Bentley Mulsanne is facelifted with a slightly new look in front and in back. Bigger news for 2017, however, is the arrival of the all-new extended-wheelbase (EWB) model with extra rear-seat room.

What We Like

Impressive performance; unending luxury; amazingly smooth ride

What We Don't

Gargantuan price tag; similarly gargantuan depreciation; hard to justify price tag compared to cheaper Flying Spur

Overview

Bentley is one of a select few automakers near the top of the luxury-brand world. And at the top of the Bentley world is the Mulsanne, a full-size premium sedan that comes with huge luxury, a huge equipment list and a huge price tag.

Let's get the price out of the way first: The Mulsanne starts around $308,000 with shipping, and that's before options. Upgrade to the high-performance Mulsanne Speed and you should expect to pay an even more astounding $340,000 with shipping, also before any optional extras. And options are plentiful. Believe it or not, it isn't surprising to find a Mulsanne with a sticker price upward of $400,000.

So what does $300,000-plus buy you in the world of luxury sedans? Of course, there's an amazing engine: a 6.75-liter V12 that offers 505 horsepower and 752 lb-ft of torque in the base model, or an even more impressive 530 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque in the high-performance Mulsanne Speed. Despite a curb weight of nearly 6,000 pounds, Bentley claims the standard model will scoot to 60 miles per hour in around 5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 184 mph.

And then there's the equipment: The Mulsanne comes standard with 20-inch alloy wheels, power-latching doors, a self-leveling air suspension, leather upholstery throughout nearly every inch of the cabin, power-adjustable heated front and rear seats, an 8-in center touchscreen and a 14-speaker sound system. Options include a wide range of high-end touches, trims and finishes on just about every surface you can imagine.

And this year, the Mulsanne range has grown by one, with Bentley adding an extended-wheelbase (EWB) model with even more rear-seat room. Pricing hasn't yet been announced for the Mulsanne EWB, but it'll undoubtedly be the crown jewel of the luxury sedan's lineup.

Our only gripe? Despite its $300,000-plus price tag, the 2017 Bentley Mulsanne has a hard time distinguishing itself from the Bentley Flying Spur, which is the brand's entry-level sedan. The Flying Spur offers more power, better performance and a similar level of standard equipment, all for around $100,000 less.

But to some Bentley customers, only the flagship model will do -- and it's at those highly particular buyers that the Mulsanne is specifically tailored.

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