Around January this year, Bentley announced that they had ceased production of their Mulsanne model, and that a new model wouldn’t be replacing it. Sadly, everyone is now obsessed with SUVs and ignores sedan cars. As a result of this trend, Bentley sold only around 500 Mulsanne vehicles last year: higher than the Rolls-Royce Phantom but far less than the Arnage. The Arnage used to sell around 1,200 units per year.
Customer tastes have significantly changed over the years; to be honest, an SUV is a really good vehicle. Regardless of its brand, you will get lots of boot space, all-wheel drive, good handling, and the vehicles are spacious and comfortable to be in. SUVs are the most suitable vehicle for humankind, however, people like me still avoid them as much as possible. SUVs are nice but they are not as good in terms of handling as a sedan car. The Bentley Bentayga is an excellent SUV, but it is not like a Mulsanne.
The Mulsanne is meant to be ending production now, during spring 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic production has been postponed to the end of summer 2020.
Only 30 units of the final edition of the Bentley Mulsanne will be produced and they will be powered by the iconic 6.75-lt V8 engine, which produces 530 horsepower! This engine has been in production since 1959 and will be gone for good after the last Mulsanne.
Honestly, I love the Mulsanne! It was heavy and relatively slow, but it was like a living room on wheels. Despite its size and weight, it was a really good handling car. You won’t be able to chase a Porsche 911 with a Mulsanne, but you will enjoy a more engaging driving experience than even a Rolls-Royce Phantom can provide.
I have shared some of my photos of Bentley Mulsanne from HR Owen Bentley dealer in Mayfair, London.
Some of the photos credit // Bentley