2013 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The 2014 Bentley Mulsanne transforms its cabin into a Wi-Fi hotspot that can handle up to eight wireless devices at once.
- The 2014 Mulsanne will debut in early March at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
- Bentley told Edmunds on Wednesday that pricing on new features for the 2014 Mulsanne will be available closer to the Geneva show.
CREWE, England — The 2014 Bentley Mulsanne takes a big step into the high-tech world with a new entertainment feature that transforms the cabin into a Wi-Fi hotspot that can handle up to eight wireless devices at once.
The 2014 Mulsanne will debut in early March at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
Bentley told Edmunds on Wednesday that pricing on new features for the 2014 Mulsanne will be available closer to the Geneva show.
Old-school Bentley, which is more well-known as one of the favorite rides for Queen Elizabeth II than as a pioneer of the digital age, stunned technophiles with the upgrades to the 2014 Mulsanne.
Bentley said its built-in cabin picnic tables would now do double duty — and not just for holding baguettes and Grey Poupon.
"Once deployed, the picnic tables reveal a smooth hide-trimmed writing surface, and at the touch of a button, the surface lifts to reveal a dedicated space for an iPad and keyboard, ready to connect to a Web browser via the onboard Wi-Fi router," the automaker said in a statement.
Bentley said connectivity is boosted with the debut of a Wi-Fi router with a high-speed Universal Mobile Telecommunications System phone module and SIM card reader, located in the glovebox.
The setup provides "a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot for Internet access which can be accessed by eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously," Bentley said.
The "entertainment specification" is rounded out with twin 8-inch LCD headrest screens, incorporating a 20 GB hard drive and DVD player.
The 2014 Bentley Mulsanne goes on sale in April. The 2013 Mulsanne starts at $298,725, including a $2,725 destination charge.
Edmunds says: The 2014 Bentley Mulsanne becomes a rolling office that rivals Starbucks when it comes to connectivity.