Bentley Director of Design Luc Donckerwolke certainly thinks highly of the vehicles he creates. "We are the only ones that offer performance compatible with luxury," he says in Intelligent Details, a new short documentary commissioned by the brand. While that might be a bit hyperbolic (the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG says hello), the company does have a long history of blending elegant interiors, sophisticated exteriors and powerful engines. The film examines how crafting that works in the modern world.

Intelligent Details stars Donckerwolke and his colleague Head of Exterior Design Sang Yup Lee as they ride in two contrasting Bentley Mulsannes through New York City. They talk about what makes a Bentley special, but their biggest focus is their belief that automotive interiors can no longer by "a closed cocoon," according to Donckerwolke. It has to transform into a living space thanks to the brand's interior infotainment technology.

The message might be self-aggrandizing, but the short film itself is beautifully shot and edited with some loving looks at the city. The way it was actually made could be the most surprising part of all. We don't want to spoil it here, but scroll down and watch the whole video to see.

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      • 11 Months Ago
      Oh my, what a pile of crap. Intelligent design is NOT an overpriced ultra luxury car. Intelligent design is providing 95% of the luxury cars capabilities at a $20K price point. Any mid-size family car has more intelligent design than any Bentley. All that being said, there's demand for crazy cars like this, just don't insult us by calling in intelligent design. Call it snob appeal, exclusiveness, etc.
      • 1 Year Ago
      And next year your Bentley has the old iPad stuck in it. Intelligent.
      • 1 Year Ago
      So the biggest innovation they can come up with is to "Liberate" the Bentley owner from having to carry an iPad? Thanks for not just using a laptop!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's an Apple advert hidden in a Bentley video.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really wish they would ditch that goofy Spongebob Squarepants front end on the Mulsanne. Such an elegant and imposing vehicle is ruined by those silly misplaced smaller outboard headlamps and the smiling lower front fascia. I'd take an Arnage or Brooklands over that any day.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        While I think the Mulsanne is prettier than you say, you are right about the Brooklands. The last one I would have to say is my favorite Bentley ever. Just the right mix of presence and prestige, while also looking badass.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Meet the people Bentley needs to fire ASAP.
      • 1 Year Ago
      WOW FOLDING MIRRORS!!! I think i saw that on the 1989 S class
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder how old W.O. would have felt knowing nobody British was involved in the design of the cars that bear his name.
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a disappointment. I didn't learn anything about Intelligent Details but watched a four-minute commercial for Bentley / Apple.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This should have really been the flagship Bentley. This should have came in a short and long wheelbase. The Ghost was the target pricewise. I have been lucky in have been in the Mulsanne and I must say, it has presence. A whole lot of it. The lights in the Not the worse, but I see that they have been keeping the round looks consistent to the Spur and GT. I would get one.....maybe a 3-4 year old one. These things tank like a sinking ship. 20-30 percent....sometimes even more.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It went from an ad for Bentley to an add for Apple . Anyway I thought it was nicely done. Interior wise there are very few that can match it. Exteriror wise I would say it has presence but not necessarily a beautiful car, especially the front end
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