Buying Guide

2012 Bentley Mulsanne

MSRP $290,000 Base Sedan

0-60 MPH:

5.2 SECS

EPA MPG:

11 City / 18 Hwy

Horse Power:

505 @ 4200

The Mulsanne is the ultimate Bentley sedan, a car that combines tradition, engineering, and luxury like no other. It boasts aluminum front fenders and a composite trunk lid in a largely vain effort to save weight, but that hardly matters since there’s a twin-turbo V-8 under the hood sending an incredible 752 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Bentley quotes a top speed of 184 mph, not bad for a 5700-pound sedan lined with your choice of eight standard wood veneers and twenty-four standard interior leather colors. (Any custom color you want is available through Bentley’s Mulliner specialty division.) Indeed, this is a car that deftly combines the old and the new. Bentley assembly specialists spend 170 hours handcrafting the interior of each car, and it shows. If you ever have the privilege of riding in a Mulsanne, you might just decide to move in and live there. Who could blame you? The infotainment system (featuring an eight-inch color screen, navigation, a 60-gigabyte hard drive, and Bluetooth) hides discreetly behind a power-operated veneered wood door. Likewise, a media player storage drawer, lined in leather, holds iPods and other devices that can be played on the standard fourteen-speaker stereo system or the optional 2200-watt Naim stereo. Deep pile carpets beg you to remove your shoes, dig in your toes, and stay awhile, but the truth is, you’ll want to leave your driving moccasins on, because the Mulsanne is as good to drive as to be driven in.

Drive: Rear-wheel
Trim level: Mulsanne
Body style: Sedan, 5-passenger
Engine: 6.8L twin-turbo V-8, 505 hp, 752 lb-ft
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo space: N/A

The Mulsanne was introduced for 2010 and has no major changes for 2012.

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; traction and stability control; ABS; a backup camera; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard. Precollision warning (part of the active cruise-control system) is optional.

All: 11 mpg city/18 mpg highway

  • Super-exclusive
  • Stunning build quality
  • Surprisingly athletic
  • Stunningly expensive
  • Sucks gasoline like a 747
  • Can’t park it just anywhere

The finest Bentley sedan ever built.

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