Pity the poor suckers who already own a Bentley Mulsanne: the 2014 version of the ultra-luxury sedan will be drastically more comfortable and filled with even more opulent amenities than ever before. Scheduled to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the 2014 Bentley Mulsanne adds such important upgrades as larger headrests and extra-fluffy cushions.
The first update for the Bentley Mulsanne is a new Comfort Specification package that ensures owners who prefer to be driven will be even more comfortable in the back seats. Revised "super-soft" headrests are larger and extend lower to better cosset the skulls of well-heeled passengers. New footrests, which extend from the front seats, are adorned in carpeting and leather matching the rest of the car's interior. On top of that, the Comfort treatment includes two loose cushions filled with duck-down, which are finished in the same leather as the rear seats.
Privacy curtains are another new option, offered in black or ivory fabric. Operated with a switch alongside the window controls, the soft fabric curtains automatically cover the rear windows and rear windshield, affording chauffeured passengers more privacy from nosy paparazzi.There are also new standard storage compartments in the rear doors, again lined with leather, and sized to hold cell phones or the Bluetooth headphones necessary for the rear-seat DVD players.
A new Entertainment Specification pack adds electrically folding picnic tables to the front seats, which include special slots to fit Apple iPads and wireless keyboards. With this option and the new-for-2014 Wi-Fi hotspot, Mulsanne passengers can ostensibly work from wherever their chauffer drives them. The Wi-Fi hotspot can connect up to eight devices and uses an antenna in the trunklid to connect to the internet via cellular networks.
The package also includes a pair of eight-inch LCD screens in the front-seat headrests, allowing backseat passengers to watch DVDs. There's also a special Naim for Bentley high-end sound system, plus Bluetooth headphones so Jeeves isn't distracted from driving duties.
Other updates include the addition of three new exterior paint choices, Dark Cashmere, Portofino, and Damson, as well as three new leathers, Damson, Saffron, and Brunel. Bentley also will offer new luggage designed specifically to fit into the Mulsanne's trunk. Handcrafted by Italian company Sedoni, the six-piece luggage set comprises two large suitcases, two smaller suitcases, and two garment bags.
The updated Mulsanne goes on sale in April after its debut in Geneva. The 2013 Bentley Mulsanne starts at $302,245 after destination charges.