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End of the Bentley Mulsanne

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

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Ferrari SF90 Stradale was at HR Owen in London

I have negated to write about Ferrari for some time and so I thought now would be an appropriate time to re-visit Ferrari owing to the release of its remarkable new production vehicle. This launch sees the SF90 Stradale, Ferrari’s first front-wheel drive, with no reverse gear encapsulating the concept of track and performance car in one.

Specifically, it is a 1000-hp plug-in hybrid hyper car, powered by a 4 litre, twin turbo engine that produces 780-hp and it is coupled with a 162-kW electric motor with 220-hp. In total, it is 1000-hp. The front-wheel drive part accompanies the electric motor.

There are three electric motors inside the SF90 Stradale, two of which are placed in the front-axle; responsible for propelling the Ferrari backward as well as forward. The electric motors on the front axle are responsible for reversing the Ferrari and therefore, there is no reverse gear inside the gearbox and thus this saves weight! It must be acknowledged however that if the batteries run flat, a push back vehicle may be required or alternatively the engine can be run to re-charge the batteries. The final electric motor is placed at the rear, between the engine and the gearbox.

Another critical fact about this model; it is in fact, more powerful than the LaFerrari and is based upon the F8 Tribute, so; it is half supercar and half hyper car.

Regarding its design, aesthetically, I do not find its appearance as pleasing as some other models as I prefer a more minimalist design. Finally, since 2015, Ferrari is no longer under the subsidiary of Fiat anymore and is now, in fact, a public company. Therefore, if you have sufficient capital, you can purchase shares in the company.

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The New Bentley Continental GT at HR Owen, London

The new Bentley Continental GT is basically a mansion on wheels. Even though it shares the same modular platform with the Porsche Panamera, it is still 2.2-tonne! However, you are getting lots of luxury. You might be saying that a massage seat is available with the Renault Megane, but you get more than a massage seat in a Bentley.

You will get state-of-art attention to detail making for a luxury experience. The new Continental’s interior is a luxurious visual experience, and you love looking at the details.

Even though the S-Coupe offers better and more enhanced driving assistance systems and a little bit more comfort, you won’t get this visual experience with a Mercedes-Benz.

Long story short, the new Bentley looks stunning from the inside. It offers an average level of technology. However, the Bentley team told me that they will be transferring more technology directly from the Porsche. As they share the same platform, implementation will be easy.

The Bentley Continental GT is designed for long journeys. It is not a car to compete with or race a Ferrari.



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Rolls Royce Cullinan at HR Owen, London

I have been waiting for an SUV from Rolls Royce for a long time. The SUV market is a dream land for any car manufacturer. People from any segment love to buy SUVs with any style. For Rolls-Royce, it was a really bold decision to offer an SUV under the Rolls-Royce name. However, I don’t find it that awkward.

Nowadays, you can buy an enterprise level cloud service from a book store, Amazon Web Services. Your mobile phone operator basically acts as an internet service provider. You pay to watch TV-Series on Netflix, while they are free on BBC. So, the Rolls-Royce and SUV concepts are not that far away from one another.

Do I like the Cullinan? Yes, kind of. The only missing features are a long-range gearbox and proper differential locks. Without these toys, you can’t really do off-road. However, people don’t really care about this. They wish to own a Rolls-Royce SUV that can drive them to the Swiss Alps or in the untouched deserts of Dubai.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to view the interior of the finished vehicle. As I have vanished from the eye of the car industry, it is not that easy to see a vehicle before anyone else. Alternatively, I have to be an influencer (aka you have lots of followers, whether real or fake).

Anyway, from what I have seen with my limited window, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan does look better than the Benteyga. The Phantom’s modular platform has been used for the Cullinan. The engine is still a BMW V12 with heavy modifications and a ZF automatic gearbox. I can’t ignore the know-how of BMW’s xDrive technology from the X-Series vehicles.

Never underestimate BMW’s xDrive technology. It is one of the most rapidly responding traction control systems on the market. The luxury of Rolls-Royce is the pinnacle, and Range Rover only has the SV Coupe to keep up the race. The personalisation is something I really don’t like, but many people love it, and that’s where Rolls-Royce takes over the game.

Overall, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is a good-looking SUV and much smaller than the Phantom (hopefully). Will it change the SUV market? Yes, for the luxury segment, but the Toyota Land Cruiser will not be affected by the Cullinan. I am definitely sure that Rolls-Royce will increase their sales figures with the SUV. They have been losing customers to Land Rover and Bentley for a long time. Now it is time to take them back.

Would I buy it? Interestingly, I liked it. I am not a Rolls-Royce customer, not really into the personalisation drama, but the Cullinan is nice.

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The New Rolls-Royce Phantom at HR Owen

The eight generation Rolls-Royce Phantom was released last summer. I spotted it at the HR Owen dealership in Mayfair, London. It is not very common to see a new Phantom. The previous generation was revealed in 2002 and it has taken 15 years to create the new generation. Unlike the last time, Rolls-Royce has designed its own modular platform that will be used in future Rolls-Royce models, starting with the Cullinan SUV.

Despite the in-house modular platform, the engine, the gearbox and the driving assistance systems are from BMW!

Although we don’t really associate Rolls-Royce with the word ‘light’, the new Phantom is lighter and stronger than past models. However, don’t expect a full carbon-fibre body. There are some cool features as well. The Magic Carpet Ride is something unique to the Phantom. Stereo cameras scan the road surface and adjust the suspension to correct for road imperfections up to 100 km/h. Bear in mind though, the Audi A8 and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class offer similar systems, and they keep working at higher speeds.

In case you are looking for an ultra-silent car, the new Phantom houses more than 130-kg of sound insulation. Even the tyres are designed with a ‘Silent Seal’ thanks to Continental, and they reduce tyre noise by 9db!

The Gallery on the dashboard is a great piece of design. However, only the front passenger can enjoy the view of The Gallery!

The interior is massive, I can’t even describe it in words. It is really really large. And this massive interior is combined with a massive exterior. This Phantom is really really tall. When you compare with other ‘large’ cars, they look like a MINI next to the new Phantom. If you wish to tell people that you have made it, the new Phantom is the answer.

Lastly, I really like the electrically-closing doors. Now you can just touch a button and the door closes.

 

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Pink Bentley Bentayga at Jack Barclay HR Owen, Mayfair London

Ettore Bugatti once said that a Bentley racing car is the world’s fastest truck. I think, when he made this statement, he would never have thought that Bentley would make an SUV one day!

A long time after Ettore Bugatti made this statement and Mattel introduced Barbie, Bentley introduced a pink SUV that is capable of doing 300 km/h!

Last month, Bentley’s iconic dealer, Jack Barclay HR Owen, opened its doors after refurbishment. The new interior should be crowned with something really special, and they have done it with a pink Bentley Bentayga.

Bentley had been thinking about making the Bentayga for a very long time, and introduced the first concept vehicle in 2012. I saw it at Goodwood! However, I really wondered how this particular shade of pink ended up in the colour scheme of the Bentley Bentayga.

This is because the Bentayga was really a question mark project for the Bentley, and they were really wondering if people were ready to pay £200,000 for an SUV.

Apparently, people are ready to pay £200,000 for an SUV and even if it is in pink.

At the moment, I am not sure if the pink Bentayga is still available at the HR Owen Mayfair dealership.

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Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine Mulliner

The Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner is one of the largest saloon cars on the market. When you order one with the standard extended wheel base, the rear seating area becomes a living room. Usually, the extended wheel base is more than enough for someone looking forward to having a long journey with the comfort of home.

However, there are some people who would like have to more than standard. So, Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine is born!

The end result? A car that is six times larger than the average London flat! It has lots of seats inside, I couldn’t even count all of them. It is really, really long and heavy. However, whoever orders this Mulsanne is not really bothered with the acceleration as long as it accelerates faster than the average person’s car.

If you are planning to have a house on four wheels, the Bentley Mulsanne super-extended wheel base is your car.

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Ferrari 512BBi HR Owen Ferrari London

The Ferrari 512BBi. I spotted this car a couple of months ago at the HR Owen Ferrari dealership in Chelsea, London. Unfortunately, I am not good at classic cars but I will do my best for this post.

The Ferrari 512BBi features a 4.9-litre flat-12 cylinder engine with a fuel injection system with 335 HP! It features a 5-speed manual gearbox. It takes around 5.4 seconds to reach 100 km/h or more. The top speed is 257 km/h. However, I wouldn’t want to test the top speed. Only 1,007 of them were manufactured.

I guess you will enjoy my photos more than my words.

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Six Bentley Bentaygas at Jack Barclay HR Owen

Six Bentley Bentaygas at the same place at the same time, Jack Barclay HR Owen, Benteyga Weeks!

The Bentley Bentayga is the SUV of the legendary Bentley brand. Some people didn’t like it and some people loved it so much they bought it in pairs. As a result of this super-duper love, if you are planning to buy a Bentayga, you have to wait around 18-months in the UK.

This may sound too extreme for some people, but when you consider the price tag starting from £140,000 and an option of a £160,000 hand-made Breitling Tourbillon automatic watch, people who ordered the Benteyga might be super-excited as well.

Anyway, the Jack Barclay HR Owen Bentley dealer in Mayfair, London recently had a Bentayga week and brought six Bentaygas into their dealership. I was really lucky to be able to see six Bentley Bentaygas at the same time and in the same place.

Keep in mind that the diesel Bentayga has been recently released. If you were concerned about the W12’s fuel consumption, the V8 diesel will the best choice for you.

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The New Bugatti Chiron | HR Owen Mayfair London

Finally, I have managed to have a look at the Bugatti Chiron in real life at HR Owen, the Mayfair London dealer. The Chiron is the most powerful mass produced car available at the moment. The W16 engine produces 1500 HP with (number) of torque. Chiron is still an all-wheel drive and the gearbox is a 7-speed DSG placed between the passenger seats. The massive bump between the seats is the gearbox.

The interior is very luxurious. The Chiron is more like a long-distance cruiser than a short distance racing car. You will definitely feel an improvement in the interior compared to the Veyron. The Veyron had a really good interior, but Chiron does it better.

Despite the interior improvements, the Chiron is not like the Veyron, a ground-breaking car. The Veyron was the pinnacle of automotive engineering. The VW Group created a car that was thought impossible to make and that was the Veyron. To be honest, I was expecting something like this with the Chiron, but the VW Group was not able to invest a massive amount of money in the Chiron and develop everything from scratch. Designing a new engine, a new transmission and a hybrid system would cost billions. Therefore, the Chiron is the refined version of the Veyron, and there is nothing wrong with this.

So what I was expecting to see? I was expecting to see a 1500 HP hybrid powered car with a pure carbon-fibre body. Unfortunately, this dream costs a lot of money and the VW Group can’t afford this at the moment.

The Chiron is definitely a unique car, and I was very lucky to see one in real life. Unlike other cars, the Chiron does not have an engine noise like a power drill, and it still maintains an understated identity. What I can see with the Chiron, is that the VW Group has refined the Veyron, and has made it better, faster and probably more usable on an everyday basis.

Technical specifications of the Bugatti Chiron
Engine W16, Fuel Capacity 100-lt, Max torque @ engine speed 1,600 Nm (2,000 to 6,000 rpm), Power output @ engine speed 1,103 kW / 1,500 HP at 6,700 rpm, Top speed 420 km/h / 261 mph, Acceleration 0-60 mph 2.5 sec, Weight 1995 kg (DIN empty).

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