The New Bentley Mulsanne: Reinvigorated

The Bentley Mulsanne was the English manufacturer's response to the all-conquering ode to luxury that was the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Seated above the Flying Spur in the company's lineup, the Mulsanne was the ultimate in excess, featuring a lavishly-appointed interior and a ride so comfortable its passengers would have no trouble catching some z's in their cushy, reclining seats. Bentley has spent the last year or so revising the looks of its model range, so it's no surprise that the Mulsanne finally received this treatment. So, what's changed since the last model? Let's find out.

The Mulsanne is powered by the same engine as before, a 6.75 liter, twin-turbo V8, with the same power outputs and all. Some may grumble that the engine deserves to be altered, but with 505 horsepower and 752 lb ft of torque, this is not a car that is lacking in the get-up-and-go department. The Mulsanne Speed, one of three Mulsannes being revealed at Geneva, produces even bigger numbers: 530 horsepower and 811 lb ft of torque to be exact. This is sent to the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission, resulting in a 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 190 miles per hour (in the "Speed" model). Not too bad, I hope you'll agree, for a car that doesn't exactly prioritize driving fast.

Cosmetically, the Mulsanne has had several changes. The most noticeable is the revised front end, which, in my opinion, is a much more handsome design than the outgoing model. A new, attention-grabbing grille sits prominently up front, with a new set of headlights to either side. The intakes on the lower front bumper have also been revised, with the front grille's design continuing down below. The last Mulsanne's shape remains largely unchanged through the majority of the body, with new tail lights in the back reassuring those stuck in traffic behind you that you've bought the new model.

The interior is as exquisitely appointed as you would expect from a top-of-the-line Bentley, crammed with soft leather, high quality wood finishes and all the technology the VW group can throw at it. An extended wheelbase model will also be introduced at Geneva, complete with even more room for the rear passengers to sit back and do whatever Bentley passengers do (including making important phone calls and sipping champagne). Expect pricing to start in the low to mid $300,000 range, with plenty of room to grow if buyers feel the need to check a bunch of boxes on the options list. For all the news on new Bentleys, as well as all the other highlights from the Geneva Motor Show, you're already in the right place: Oh So Lofty.