Bentley is a name synonymous with luxury, but for me, like everything it is about the details. In my opinion, the new Bentley Mulsanne Speed is the perfect example of luxury and performance. Claimed to be the most powerful four-door car worldwide, the experience of driving this vehicle is both exhilarating and comfortable. You can barely hear the engine hum as it races at an impressive top speed of 190 mph, as you sit back in the sumptuous leather massage seats. But that is just the beginning of why I fell for the Bentley Mulsanne Speed.
I have always loved luxury cars. Pick any six-figure sedan, and I have owned it. For me, it is about the details. From a design perspective, I was blown away by the quality of craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into the Bentley Mulsanne Speed. Of course, Bentleys are known for their exquisite design and state-of-the-art touches, and this model doesn’t hold back. The moment you open the door and have a seat, you notice it even smells different. Instead of the usual new car smell, you are enveloped by this distinctive scent of high-quality leather.
Like a handcrafted briefcase, every part of the exterior and interior have been perfected. The interior is a masterpiece of its own. The seats and door pads are made from diamond-quilted perforated leather hide, adding a luxurious yet sporty touch to the vehicle. The entire interior has an incredible amount of the most supple leather with custom options to design to your specifications, so you can create your own experience. Giving the car that unique Bentley image, the brand logo is stitched onto each seat. The drilled alloy sports pedals ensure an eye-catching sporty interior as well. The glove boxes are all lined with leather, including the entire inside of the trunk. It has four umbrellas to ensure all guests have one.
Every aspect of this car has been fashioned with operational beauty in mind. The exterior has matrix grilles, a chrome radiator grille, a wing vent, and B wing vents, all adding to the famed, sleek Bentley look. Subtle “B’s” are incorporated throughout the entire vehicle.
Not only is it designed like a piece of art, but this ultra-luxe sedan runs on a 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, moving the vehicle smoothly from 0 to 60 mph in a blink – 4.8 seconds to be exact. The engine can generate 530 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 1,100 Nm of torque. If you know your stats, that makes the Mulsanne Speed the highest torque car out of any luxury sedan.
There’s no way a car weighing almost 6,000 pounds should be able to accelerate so smoothly, yet the Mulsanne Speed offers complete driving satisfaction, including massage capabilities in all four seats, assuring you are completely relaxed before you reach any destination. Only a few hundred Mulsanne Speeds are available for sale each year in the US. So if you’re one of the lucky few who owns this six-figure vehicle (priced at almost $400,000), you know what I am talking about right now.
I have been known to be a luxury car collector and have owned cars from Rolls Royce to Aston Martin and have a love for all of them, including the Bentley. But it is not about the status for me. It is all about the experience it provides when you drive the car. Each car has been designed with the driver’s pleasure in mind. Every detail has been considered, touching all of the senses and assuring complete user satisfaction. That is true luxury.