2015 Bentley Mulsanne

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2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Front Three Quarter In Motion
Austin, Texas – Gilded lilies, roasted ortolan, and late-career Liam Neeson have a new partner in overkill: the 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed.
Bentley’s flagship sedan has already distinguished itself from its rival, the Rolls-Royce Phantom, as a car that an owner might care to drive, at least when Jeeves has the day off. The upgraded Speed will invite an even smaller handful of heroes and Neros from Wall Street to Beijing to roll up their French cuffs and go slumming in traffic or to lounge on magisterial, massaging rear thrones and survey the games from a distance.
2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Cockpit
These emperors should detect a seat-of-the-toga difference between a standard 2015 Bentley Mulsanne and its speedier counterpart. A re-engineered version of the company’s venerable 6.75-liter V-8 with dual turbos bumps torque from 752 to 811 lb-ft. That’s more than any series production car in the world now that the Bugatti Veyron has inhaled its last quad-turbo breath. That lets the Bentley rush to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, 0.3 second quicker than the “base” model, with horsepower nudged from 505 to 530. And the Bentley’s steamship force, with bowels-deep thrust to a mere 4,500-rpm redline, elicits chuckles anywhere from a stoplight to its 190-mph peak.
The price rises as generously as the torque, at a base freight of $341,325, almost a $32,000 premium over its less aggressive counterpart.
2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Rear Three Quarter In Motion
Appropriately, Bentley showed off its bigger-is-better Mulsanne in Texas, underlining the brand’s performance bona fides with the Bentley GT3’s participation in the Pirelli World Challenge race at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas. We rode shotgun for Mulsanne laps with retired Le Mans champ Derek Bell, twirling an artful steering wheel that takes five hours to craft and features no fewer than 620 leather stitches. The Bentley lapped the circuit with estimable grace for a nearly 3-ton steer of a sedan.
The high-class rodeo continued in Texas hill country. The Bentley’s console “charisma switch” accessed smartly calibrated settings for the air suspension, throttle, steering, and eight-speed transmission. And while the rear-drive 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed is only “sporty” in the manner of an agile sumo wrestler, it rocked downhill sweepers at triple-digit speeds with gratifying poise, its old-fashioned hydraulic steering delivering direct, honest feel. Tooled metal paddle shifters summon smooth gear changes for the rare driver who’ll feel the pressing need.
2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Rear Seat

En route to Davos or Cannes, owners can tap on fold-down iPads in a roughly $400,000 mobile office.

The engine boasts a new head, pistons, cams, bearings, intake manifold, injectors, ignition coils, a rebalanced crankshaft, and a recalibrated engine control unit. Bentley claims 13 percent better fuel economy, though it’s still not enough, at 12/19 mpg, to dodge a $3,000 gas guzzler tax.
Dark tint suffuses the matrix grille and lower air intakes. Smoky lenses for head- and taillamps, Speed-badged side vents and kickplates, and rifled exhaust outlets round out the visual menu.
2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Side Profile
Available carbon-fiber cabin trim is unique to the Speed, though it seems too boy-racer in such an elegantly understated machine. Bodacious 21-inch rims are more successful, each unidirectional wheel milled from a single billet of aluminum. Signature Spectre paint offers a villainous shade of gray-brown with a subtle reptilian undertone.
For a flagship nearly a foot longer than a Mercedes S550, the Bentley carves out surprisingly meager storage up front. Diamond-quilted leather wraps door cavities, yet those gorgeous portals can’t even hold an extra-skinny water bottle.
As with virtually every British ultra-luxury car, technology trails the curve, from an aging navi system to the absence of semi-autonomous functions and safety monitors found in far-less-expensive sedans.
2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Front View In Motion 02
But the rest is familiar, fragrant, and fabulous: The Mulsanne is an XXL jewel box of wood, leather, and metal that owners can stuff with every imaginable treasure. Craftsmen and -women in Crewe, England, spend 11 weeks to build each 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed, clocking 150 hours to outfit the interior, which includes 593 individual pieces of leather from 14 bull hides.
Over-the-top options include a $10,900 bottle chiller. Hit the button, and a frosted glass panel glides open to reveal champagne glasses and your favorite vintage Krug. Traditional, veneered picnic tables that fold down for rear-seat noshing can be switched for gleaming metal iPad tables. They cost $13,225—for the metal frames alone. You want the iPads? That’ll be $28,760, though that “Entertainment Specification” adds features including a 20-speaker Naim audio system, dual headrest screens, and a 60-gig hard drive.
2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Front Three Quarter 01
Under a groaning $48,000 load of options, one Speed we drove reached $389,390. That price, and exclusivity, is one reason Bentley sold only about 300 Mulsannes here last year and a hair under 1,000 worldwide. Bentley figures Americans and Europeans in particular will favor the Speed, with Chinese buyers sliding into the back of the standard edition.
For wealthy enthusiasts, the 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed further presses Bentley’s advantage over its Rolls rival: a sincere pursuit of driving pleasure, whenever one feels like setting down the champagne flute and grabbing the wheel instead.

2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Specifications

On Sale: Now
Base Price: $341,325
Engine: 6.75L twin-turbo DOHC 16-valve V-8/530 hp @ 4,200 rpm, 811 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Layout: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, RWD sedan
EPA Mileage: 12/19 mpg city/hwy
L x W x H: 219.5 x 86.9 x 59.9 in
Wheelbase: 128.6 in
Weight: 5,919 lb
0-60 mph: 4.8 sec
Top Speed: 190 mph
2015 Bentley Mulsanne
2015 Bentley Mulsanne

New for 2015

The Bentley Mulsanne Speed features more power from the twin-turbo V-8, better efficiency, and a sportier revision to the ZF eight-speed transmission. Additionally, the Speed model sees suspension revisions, giving the big sedan more body control and delivering more communicative steering. Both the Mulsanne and Mulsanne Speed models also see revisions to the cylinder deactivation system.

Vehicle Overview

The Bentley Mulsanne is the current flagship sedan of the automaker’s lineup, with two available models, the standard luxurious Mulsanne and the higher-performance Mulsanne Speed. The two models split the difference between being driven and choosing to drive yourself, neither compromising the things that make the Mulsanne a Bentley.


The 2015 Bentley Mulsanne is powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.8-liter V-8, which is paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic that drives the rear wheels. Power is delivered barely off idle in both models, with the standard Mulsanne producing 505 hp and 752 lb-ft of torque, with the latter figure produced at just 1750 rpm. Mulsanne Speed model gets a new combustion chamber, spark plug position, inlet ports, fuel injectors, revised variable valve timing, and revisions to the turbochargers to produce 530 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque, also at 1750 rpm. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 11/18 mpg (city/highway), which places it at the bottom of its segment according to the EPA, saddling it with a $3,700 gas guzzler tax.
The Bentley Mulsanne sits at the pinnacle of the automaker’s portfolio, and is optioned accordingly, with features such as heated/ventilation/massage for front/rear seats, a refrigerated champagne cooler, veneered iPad picnic tables, a six-disc DVD player, rear seat entertainment, WiFi hotspot, black privacy curtains to the rear cabin, and a Naim-for-Bentley sound system.
Customizing the Mulsanne allows one to have a truly unique vehicle, with options from using veneers cut from a tree on your property, to custom-built jewelry trays, or even a functional cigar humidor. For those with unlimited budgets, nothing will prevent the craftsmen of Crewe from creating a beautiful, capable, and opulent sedan, built to personal taste.

What We Think

The 2015 Bentley Mulsanne is the flagship of the Bentley lineup, but features reasonable body control along with effortless power delivery. In a Driven Review of a 2011 Bentley Mulsanne we said, “Get going quickly, and you're never unaware that this car is carrying a lot of momentum, but it is not a nodding, heaving luxo-barge.” While the performance was tantalizing to us, the Mulsanne’s intended audience will choose it for a different reason. We commented, “Bentley goes to great lengths to impart a special feeling with the Mulsanne, and nowhere is that more evident than in the interior. In most cars, we note the quality of the plastics; in the Mulsanne we couldn't find any plastic. Instead, 390 pieces of leather, from fifteen hides, cover every surface in sight. Wood veneers are laid over solid wood substrates. Metal-finished bits are real metal. The idea is to convey authenticity. The feel, and even the smell, exude luxury.”

You’ll Like

  • It smells luxurious
  • 811 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm
  • Cutting down your own tree for the wood veneer interior accents

You Won’t Like

  • All that luxury doesn’t come cheaply

Key Competitors

  • Rolls-Royce Ghost
  • Rolls-Royce Phantom
  • Mercedes-Maybach S600
  • BMW 760Li
  • Maserati Quattroporte


2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Front Side View In Motion
In this crazy world of super-powered hybrids, Wi-Fi equipped SUVs, and all-electric luxury cars, there’s now also an ultra-high-end sedan that goes 190 mph, the 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed. With more power, torque, and fuel economy than the standard Bentley Mulsanne, the Crewe-based automaker continues to raise the bar for its most discerning and distinguished customers.

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2015 Bentley Mulsanne Specifications

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6.8L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
11 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
18 MPG
505 hp @ 4200rpm
752 ft lb of torque @ 1750rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD
  • Navigation
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
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