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.
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