In theory, the idea of a limousine that is unmistakably opulent, the presence of which can be detected from a distance of several hundred yards, and whose mission is to put the needs of the passenger ahead of those of the driver may sound appealing. However, if you believe that the experience of ownership of such luxury automobiles might not be as appealing as you had originally anticipated, there is no need for you to worry because the super-luxury class has something for you as well: the Bentley Mulsanne.
The Mulsanne is a leading-edge luxury four-door vehicle, and its outward presentation is designed to be purposefully understated and understated in comparison to that of a certain key British limousine competitor. The interior atmosphere is more reminiscent of the paneled smoking room of an old gentleman’s club than the chandeliered ballroom of the Rolls-Royce Phantom, giving the impression that it is less formal than the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The lustre and natural appeal of its wood veneers, as well as the tactile allure of so many of its fittings, are unparalleled in quality. The material quality is also unparalleled.
This large Bentley’s motive character has always included a sizeable helping of driver appeal as one of its defining features. The Mulsanne does not ride quite as serenely as some of its closest competitors, but it handles and responds with more vigor and verve, not the least of which is thanks to its torquey turbocharged gasoline V8.