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.
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.
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.