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Bentley Mulsanne: Road test

Bentley Mulsanne

Nice road test report here with the Bentley Mulsanne. Enjoy!

As cars go, the Mulsanne is better suited to living than most. The square footage inside is roughly what this $328,365 example’s price tag would buy in Manhattan, and the furnishings are supremely comfortable. Numerous 12-volt outlets scattered around the interior allow simultaneous operation of a TV, a grill, and a refrigerator, and the rear seating compartment boasts power shades on all windows. However, the Mulsanne’s heating system, reliant as it is on a twin-turbo V-8, is vastly less efficient than the heating systems of most homes. On the plus side, it’s highly doubtful your furnace could propel anything to a top speed of 187 mph.

On the list of tasks for which a Bentley is perfectly suited, accruing straight-line speed ranks right alongside the other important stuff; things like cultivating envy, sowing seeds of jealousy, and inspiring covetousness. Were one to be so crass as to drag-race a Mulsanne, his win light would illuminate in just 13.4 seconds as he whisked past at 105 mph. Along the way, 60 mph would have fallen in 4.9 seconds, 100 in 12 flat. Of course, effort is so déclassé. The most incredible thing about the Mulsanne’s engine—the “6 3/4-litre,” as it’s been known to the decimal-averse for decades, is backed by the ZF eight-speed auto currently found in the Audi A8, the BMW 760Li and 5-series GT, the Rolls-Royce Ghost, and your underwear drawer—is how easily it catapults such tremendous mass.