As love-letters to luxury go, few excel in quite the same way as the Bentley Mulsanne. Eleven years in production – a legacy which ended in 2020 – the Mulsanne, Mulsanne Speed, and Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase are arguably the end of an era for the British automaker. The present is the Flying Spur, Continental GT, and Bentayga, while the future is a wholesale shift to electrification.
It’s not only the Mulsanne that Bentley is saying goodbye to. It’s also the last hurrah for the 6.75-liter V8 engine, which has – in some form or another – been in production for more than six decades. In the case of the Mulsanne Speed it’s good for a positively-profligate 530 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque. This may be a big, heavy, lavishly-equipped sedan, but it’s not a slow one.
Inside, Bentley’s attention to detail is unparalleled. The best of hide, wood, metal, and talented craftspeople assembling them is in full effect, and while the Mulsanne Speed may start at around $343k, that’s really only the beginning of a bespoke journey. Few were lucky enough to take it, but those who did have a modern icon in their garage.