2011 Bentley Mulsanne

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$285,000 - $285,000
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Engine Engine 6.8LV-8
MPG MPG 11 City / 18 Hwy
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2011 Mulsanne Overview

A Century Of Automotive Passion Delivers A New Flagship Sedan 2011 Bentley Mulsanne - Click above for high-res image gallery Do not press the start button. Take a deep breath. Savor the craftsmanship. Take it all in. Begin by examining the four brightly-polished organ-stop vent plungers. The stainless steel knobs situated high on the dashboard are easy to miss at a cursory glance. However, each is tasked with the important role of shutting down airflow from one of the bulls-eye air vents. Decades ago, the smooth metal rods would have been connected directly to the mechanical flapper. Today, with the physical connection severed by technology, a series of electronic micro switches sends orders to digital servos that handle the job. Understanding the tactile significance of that age-old mechanical movement, Bentley engineers painstakingly replicated the gratifying feedback of a precisely polished steel rod sliding over smooth felt to pull a soft leather damper closed. Their accomplishment is all but flawless. Tasked with building an all-new flagship that captures the essence of the Bentley marque – incomparable coach-built luxury and a passion for power and speed – the engineers and designers in Crewe left nothing to chance. The result is the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne. Now... press the start button. %Gallery-109534% Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL Electronics manage nearly every aspect of the Mulsanne's venerable 6.75-liter V8, from the ignition sequence to fuel delivery. It systematically whirls to life and immediately settles into a near-silent idle. Unlike the Onyx-over-Saddle right-hand drive model we drove in the UK last year, this North American-spec Mulsanne wears Pale Sapphire paint over a Cashew interior (with French Navy contrasting color). The base price on all models is $285,000 (plus $2,595 destination), but a standard Mulsanne is unheard of. This particular model is fitted with a smattering of options, including 21-inch two-piece Polished Sport Wheels ($6,315), Naim Premium Audio ($7,415), Seat Ventilation & Massage ($3,000), Burr Oak Veneer ($4,630), Adaptive Cruise Control ($3,270) and a Flying 'B' Radiator Mascot. Add in several more thoughtful touches, such as Ambient Interior Mood Lighting ($390) and a Valet Key ($250), and the bottom line on this magnificent beauty is a bold $330,195. Let us reassure you that the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne is worth every single copper-plated zinc cent of one-third of a million dollars. Wrap your hand around the polished stainless steel door handles (the insides have a tactile knurling to delight fingertips) and give it a firm tug. The door glides open, and the interior aroma spills out with it like the intense bouquet of a fine wine. Bentley reinstated its traditional tanning process for the hides within the Mulsanne's cabin. The result is a rich and aromatic leather balm, distinctly different from the synthetic "painted" leather smell in most automotive interiors. The cabin is lavish and sumptuous, both driver-focused and passenger-pampering. The steering wheel isn't particularly meaty or sculpted, but the texture, feel and grip of the leather is so silken, it doesn't need to be. The …
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2011 Mulsanne Overview

A Century Of Automotive Passion Delivers A New Flagship Sedan 2011 Bentley Mulsanne - Click above for high-res image gallery Do not press the start button. Take a deep breath. Savor the craftsmanship. Take it all in. Begin by examining the four brightly-polished organ-stop vent plungers. The stainless steel knobs situated high on the dashboard are easy to miss at a cursory glance. However, each is tasked with the important role of shutting down airflow from one of the bulls-eye air vents. Decades ago, the smooth metal rods would have been connected directly to the mechanical flapper. Today, with the physical connection severed by technology, a series of electronic micro switches sends orders to digital servos that handle the job. Understanding the tactile significance of that age-old mechanical movement, Bentley engineers painstakingly replicated the gratifying feedback of a precisely polished steel rod sliding over smooth felt to pull a soft leather damper closed. Their accomplishment is all but flawless. Tasked with building an all-new flagship that captures the essence of the Bentley marque – incomparable coach-built luxury and a passion for power and speed – the engineers and designers in Crewe left nothing to chance. The result is the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne. Now... press the start button. %Gallery-109534% Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL Electronics manage nearly every aspect of the Mulsanne's venerable 6.75-liter V8, from the ignition sequence to fuel delivery. It systematically whirls to life and immediately settles into a near-silent idle. Unlike the Onyx-over-Saddle right-hand drive model we drove in the UK last year, this North American-spec Mulsanne wears Pale Sapphire paint over a Cashew interior (with French Navy contrasting color). The base price on all models is $285,000 (plus $2,595 destination), but a standard Mulsanne is unheard of. This particular model is fitted with a smattering of options, including 21-inch two-piece Polished Sport Wheels ($6,315), Naim Premium Audio ($7,415), Seat Ventilation & Massage ($3,000), Burr Oak Veneer ($4,630), Adaptive Cruise Control ($3,270) and a Flying 'B' Radiator Mascot. Add in several more thoughtful touches, such as Ambient Interior Mood Lighting ($390) and a Valet Key ($250), and the bottom line on this magnificent beauty is a bold $330,195. Let us reassure you that the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne is worth every single copper-plated zinc cent of one-third of a million dollars. Wrap your hand around the polished stainless steel door handles (the insides have a tactile knurling to delight fingertips) and give it a firm tug. The door glides open, and the interior aroma spills out with it like the intense bouquet of a fine wine. Bentley reinstated its traditional tanning process for the hides within the Mulsanne's cabin. The result is a rich and aromatic leather balm, distinctly different from the synthetic "painted" leather smell in most automotive interiors. The cabin is lavish and sumptuous, both driver-focused and passenger-pampering. The steering wheel isn't particularly meaty or sculpted, but the texture, feel and grip of the leather is so silken, it doesn't need to be. The …Hide Full Review