Bentley unveil the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner
Unveiled earlier today and what is so far one of the highlights of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show is the appearance of the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner ; showcasing the ultimate expression of bespoke automotive luxury, craftsmanship, individualisation and refinement.
The Mulsanne Grand Limousine is one metre longer and 79 mm taller than Bentley’s new Mulsanne. Its unique interior is an ultra-luxurious, customer-commissioned passenger cabin creating an experience evocative of the very best in luxury private-aviation design. Aiming to meet its original brief (to build a car with four rear seats of equal comfort) the four seats – two of which are rear-facing to allow face-to-face conversation – are generously accommodated beneath a uniquely handcrafted wood-veneered roof bow within a cabin trimmed in sumptuous leather.
Privacy is ensured by an electrochromic ‘smart glass’ division (Bentley’s first application of this technology) that changes from clear to opaque at the touch of a button. Bentley’s craftsmanship is also on show in the quality of the veneer panel encasing three dials displaying UK and local time as well as exterior temperature.
The rear cabin has been a focal point for attention to detail to ensure each journey is made not only in comfort but also with class and grace with options including iPad charging and docking stations, as well as veneered fold-out tables, a bottle cooler with frosted glass and crystal flutes, and a soft drink cabinet with bespoke tumblers.
Luxury has been designated throughout with only the most luxurious materials used to achieve exemplary levels of refinement. The opulence of the rear cabin is accentuated by the extensive use of wood and leather for which Bentley is renowned.
Finished in two-tone Silver Frost and Moroccan Blue, the greatest attention to detail has been applied to the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner. This is evident from the Flying ‘B’ mascot – engraved with the words ‘Coachbuilt by Mulliner’ – which stands above a unique iteration of Bentley’s iconic chrome grille and lower bumper grilles, designed specifically for this car.
Effortless lines that transition from the bonnet along the sinuous body of the limousine conclude in beautifully resolved shoulders, melding the aesthetic purity of Bentley’s flagship car with the luxury of additional space inside. Beneath this delightful example of coachbuilding sit four unique 21” wheels, colour-matched to the exterior finish.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, comments: “The Mulsanne Grand Limousine showcases the exquisite craftsmanship of our in-house coachbuilder, Mulliner and exemplifies the way in which our experts consult with a customer to turn their vision into an extraordinary reality. The attention to detail, quality, creativity and skill applied to every Mulliner commission is truly unique in the automotive world.”