2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed
Which Mulsanne does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
The Mulsanne is the most exclusive vehicle in Bentley's stable. Bentley says its production uses less automation and requires significantly more time and human labor than anything else the company builds. It's said 500 man-hours go into crafting and assembling the nearly 6,000 pounds of metal, wood, leather and other necessary bits that make up a Mulsanne.
It would be easy enough to spend a few pages talking about the extensive, impeccable work that goes into each Mulsanne (around 16 cattle hides are used for upholstery, the company says, and each one is carefully checked for imperfections by trained inspectors, so that imperfect leather is discarded rather than being stitched into a seat) because that care and craftsmanship are integral to the experience of the car.
This is the car to get if you seek exclusivity. A Mulsanne is about twice the price of a new Mercedes-Benz Maybach sedan — and the Mulsanne's never even been mentioned in a hit pop song. The only real competition in terms of price, exclusivity and craftsmanship is Rolls-Royce's similarly priced Ghost Series II sedan, but that's based on the BMW 7 Series, making it marginally more proletarian. Ultimately, the Bentley Mulsanne is more an expression of the nearly lost art of coachbuilding than just another luxury sedan.
Trim levels & features
Bentley offers three versions of the Mulsanne to suit customer needs. The Mulsanne and the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase, which adds almost 10 inches of rear-seat legroom, are both powered by the same turbocharged 6.75-liter V8 (505 horsepower, 752 pound-feet of torque). There's also the Mulsanne Speed, which wrings an extra 25 hp and 60 lb-ft of torque from the V8. All three largely share the same equipment and options. Bentley offers a number of packages that add significant upgrades to this already lavish vehicle and nearly limitless options for customization.
Standard equipment highlights include four-zone automatic climate control with separate rear-seat controls, power rear-window privacy screens, 14-way power-adjustable front seats and eight-way power-adjustable rear seats (all with heating), a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an eight-speaker sound system, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and, of course, leather upholstery and wood trim.
Outside the cabin, the Mulsanne includes an air-ride suspension, LED headlights and taillights, a sunroof, automatic soft-close doors and trunk, parking sensors, 20-inch wheels, and keyless entry and ignition.
There are several packages, which Bentley refers to as "specifications," that offer some extensive upgrades.
The Comfort Specification adds massage and ventilation to both front seats and the rear outboard seats, special comfort headrests with faux suede pads, and two extra loose cushions. On the extended-wheelbase Mulsanne, the Comfort Specification also adds airline-style reclining seats with footrests. The Premier Specification adds the much-needed Flying B hood ornament, stainless-steel door-pillar finishers, a special filler cap, two umbrellas, a valet key, a veneered cellphone drawer for the front center console, and a remote-control garage door opener.
Entertainment Specification adds dual 10.4-inch rear seat tablets and veneered picnic tables, which deploy from the front seatbacks. These tablets can be removed from their mounts and used even outside the car. With this package, you also get the absolutely bonkers 2,200-watt, 20-speaker Naim sound system.
Finally, the Mulliner Driving Specification adds special 21-inch wheels (although a version of this package can be had without the wheels), branded treadplate plaques, a sport-tuned suspension with driver-selectable modes, diamond-quilted and perforated seats and door panels, a leather headliner, and uniquely machined shift lever, air vent controls, foot pedals and interior door handles.
The Mulsanne comes with a host of other optional extras, such as three choices of drinks cabinet (cocktail, bottle cooler with tumblers or bottle cooler with champagne flutes — all with bespoke crystal), extra rear-seat vanity mirrors, black rear-window curtains with power controls, adaptive cruise control, front corner-view cameras, a chromed radiator shell and lambswool rugs. There are also a number of connectivity options that allow owners to track their car with GPS or control the infotainment from a connected smart device, as well as digital television reception, in-car Wi-Fi, a 4G internet connection, and integrated iPad and keyboard docks built into the rear-seat picnic tables.
It's also worth mentioning the options for color, trim, veneer and embroidery, which number in the hundreds. But, as Bentley is happy to tell you, its ability to customize any aspect of the car, from custom marquetry to installing specially built compartments such as humidors or jewelry boxes, is limited mostly by the buyer's imagination and pocketbook.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our brief evaluation of the 2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed (turbo 6.75L V8 | 8-speed automatic | AWD)
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Mulsanne has received only minor revisions. Our findings remain applicable to this year's sedan.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Mulsanne safety features:
- Corner View Camera
- Displays live images from cameras mounted in the front grille to give a better view when sightlines from the cabin are obstructed.
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Manages the vehicle's speed when cruise control is active to match the speed of traffic and avoid collisions.
- Blind-Spot Assist
- Alerts the driver to other vehicles alongside the car during lane changes to reduce the chances of an accident.
The 2017 Bentley Mulsanne is the most luxurious and exclusive vehicle Bentley produces, and that's saying something. It's also one of the most labor-intensive cars in production, making only sparing use of automation and requiring 500 man-hours of work. Most of that time is spent perfecting and polishing the Mulsanne's wood, metal and leather interior. All of that care and craftsmanship comes with a price, and the big Bentley carries a steep price tag.
For 2017, an extended-wheelbase version of the Mulsanne has been introduced. It adds about 10 inches to the overall length of the car, and all of that extra space is allocated to rear legroom. Beyond the extra space, the extended-wheelbase and the standard-length Mulsanne share largely the same equipment and options.
The Mulsanne is powered by Bentley's hefty 6.75-liter V8, which delivers 505 horsepower to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is a rather thirsty 13 mpg combined (11 city/18 highway), but the Mulsanne is focused on luxury rather than efficiency. Buyers looking to arrive in style with slightly more haste can opt for the Mulsanne Speed, which bumps up the engine's output to 530 hp.
Standard equipment for the 2017 Bentley Mulsanne is extensive, including four-zone automatic climate control, 14-way power-adjustable front seats and eight-way power-adjustable rear seats (all with heating), an eight-speaker infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, air ride suspension, LED head- and driven, sunroof and, of course, acres of driven wood, leather and metal.
Optional extras for the Mulsanne add some tremendous upgrades. The interior can be upgraded with massage and ventilation for front and rear outboard seats, as well as airline-style reclining seats for the EWB (the one major equipment difference between the standard Mulsanne and the Extended Wheelbase), a chilled drinks cabinet with custom crystal, two 10.5-inch tablets that deploy from the front seatbacks and a 2,200-watt, 20-speaker audio system. Outside, the Bentley can be fitted with a chrome radiator shell, stainless-steel door pillars, the iconic Flying B hood ornament, adaptive cruise control and front corner-view cameras.
But in truth, thanks to Bentley's Mulliner department, the Mulsanne's customization options are nearly limitless. Beyond aesthetic customizations such as paint color, custom veneers, custom inlays and marquetry, and custom embroidery, Bentley will also tailor storage and other options. Want a built-in humidor or jewelry box? Bentley will be only too happy to oblige.
There's very little competition at this level of quality and luxury. Buyers who want only the best, regardless of cost, and are unwilling to entertain compromise will definitely want to give the Mulsanne a look. If you think the 2017 Bentley Mulsanne might be right for you, be sure to check out our review for more information, and use our shopping tools on Edmunds to find a dealer near you.
2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Overview
The 2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed is offered in the following styles: , and Speed 4dr Sedan (6.8L 8cyl Turbo 8A).
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