The Bentley Mulsanne is getting an updated look, as well as a new Extended Wheelbase version that Bentley says is as luxurious as the first-class cabin in an airplane.The 2017 Bentley Mulsanne makes its debut at next month’s Geneva show and goes on sale this summer.
Every part of the Mulsanne forward of the A-pillar has been redesigned, starting with a wider stainless-steel grille and new, adaptive LED headlights. At first glance, the car doesn’t appear wildly different than before, with the same imposing, squared-off shapes and proportions as the outgoing Mulsanne. But there are subtle updates all through the car, including reshaped fenders, new front and rear fascias, a new 20,3 cm (8-inch) touchscreen infotainment system, redesigned switchgear and armrests, and available Android tablet computers for rear-seat passengers.
Speaking of whom, the 2017 Bentley Mulsanne’s new Extended Wheelbase model sees the luxury sedan’s wheelbase grow by 24,9 cm (9.8 inches), all of which goes to improve rear-seat legroom (as if that were at a premium in the regular Mulsanne.) The two rear seats have airplane-like power adjustments allowing occupants to sit upright or reclined. Between the two seats, a special console features USB ports, cupholders, and pen holders, as well as a concealed storage area. A large rear sunroof and electrically operated curtains over the rear windows are standard, and passengers can opt for power-deployable tray tables in case they want to get some work done while on the move.
The 2017 Bentley Mulsanne and Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase use the brand’s “six-and-three-quarter”-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, which channels 505 hp and 752 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Mulsanne Speed, meanwhile, continues with a twin-turbo V-8 good for 530 hp and 811 lb-ft, enough to propel the car to 96 kmh (60 mph) in 4.8 seconds and on to 305 Kmh (190 mph).
As always, the 2017 Bentley Mulsanne will continue to offer an incredible list of customization options, including a 20-speaker, 2,200-watt Naim sound system; several varieties of leather; and various types of real wood trim. All told, it takes 400 hours to build each Mulsanne.
Take a closer look at the refreshed 2017 Bentley Mulsanne in the gallery below.