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Car of the Month December 2015

2016 Bentley Mulsanne

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Bentley Goes Big on Luxury

A three-quarter front view of the 2016 Bentley Mulsanne
In short: 4-Door Luxury Sedan
 

2016 Bentley Mulsanne Review

The 2016 Bentley Mulsanne is a thoroughly modern luxury car that appeals to a diverse spectrum of one-percenters ranging from reality TV stars to dignitaries. With an interior featuring seventeen cows’ worth of leather (our model came in the camel hue) and more wood than some clipper ships, the Mulsanne is both refined and hedonistic. It also has enough outlets to allow passengers to use a mini fridge, a toaster and a desktop computer in the rear seat, if that should be their wish.

Luxurious nterior of the 2016 Bentley Mulsanne

At 18 feet long, a little over $350,000 in price and a little under three tons, the Bentley Mulsanne is distinguished from a small house mostly by its metallic construction and its power source, a 6.75-liter V8 making 500 horsepower. It’s enough to propel the big Bentley to 60 mph in under five seconds and on to a top speed just shy of 190 mph. While chauffeurs will probably wind up driving many of these, it’s worth noting that the Bentley Mulsanne handles in a way that totally belies its 6,000-lb curb weight. Thank massive tires and the engine’s 725 lb-ft of torque. The last time a house moved like this, it was powered by a tornado and headed for Oz.

A three-quarter view of the 2016 Bentley Mulsanne

Those looking for some actual sportiness to go along with their plutocratic excess could do far worse than the Bentley Mulsanne, featured here in Glacier White. It has an exclusivity and cache that Mercedes and BMW still can’t match, and its combination of traditional craftsmanship and twenty-first century turbocharged engineering provides a truly involving experience, whether you drive or recline in the back with the built-in iPads.

Warranty/Service: 3 year/Unlimited mile basic, 3 year/Unlimited mi powertrain

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Make: Bentley, Vehicle Type: Sedan

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Base Price: $303,700 / As Tested: $351,570

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: Luxury Sedan

Engine: 6.75-liter V8
Horsepower: 505 to 530 HP
Torque: 752 to 811 lb-ft
Transmission: 8-speed Automatic Transmission with Electronic Shift Interface, Sport mode and Steering-Wheel Mounted Paddleshift

Curb weight: 5,919 lbs
Wheelbase: 128.6 in
Length/Width/Height: 208.5 / 59.9 / 60 in
Turning circle: n/a

Brakes:
Iron brakes with Black painted brake callipers
Suspension: Air springs with continous damping control, four driver-selectable settings

Traction: All speed traction control

0-60 mph: 4.7 seconds
60-0 mph: n/a
Top Speed: 190 mph

EPA City: 11 mpg
EPA Highway: 18 mpg
Combined MPG: 13 mpg

Seating Capacity: 5
Safety: Front-impact airbags for driver and passenger


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