Final Bentley Mulsanne Assembled, Flying Spur Becomes Flagship

The Bentley Mulsanne is dead. The company has built the last two of them. One of those is going to a customer in the United States.

By Chris Bruce,

It also marks the retirement of the long-lived 6.75-liter V8

It's out with the old and in with the new at Bentley because the production of the Mulsanne is complete. The Flying Spur takes over the role as the brand's flagship model.

Bentley isn't revealing many details about the final Mulsanne. The company's announcement says "its future home remains a closely guarded secret." If we had to guess, we'd suspect that the brand is hanging onto the special sedan to keep in the archives.

The second-to-last Mulsanne is a 6.75 Edition by Mulliner with an exterior in a two-tone mix of Rose Gold over Tungsten (below). It's going to a buyer in the United States.

Bentley debuted the modern iteration of the Mulsanne at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and sales began the next year. Since then, the company has managed to deliver over 7,300 of them. In addition to the regular model, the brand added the Mulliner Driving Specification version in 2012 what has even more amenities like a massive sunroof and bottle cooler. The performance-oriented Speed variant premiered in 2015 packing a 6.75-liter V8 making 530 horsepower (395 kilowatts) and a meaty 811 pound-feet (1,100 Newton-meters) of torque.

In 2016, a styling refresh introduced changes like a broader grille, revised headlights, and tweaked interior with an updated infotainment system. Bentley also introduced an extended wheelbase version of the Mulsanne that added even more space for rear passengers.

To celebrate the end of Mulsanne production, Bentley introduced the 6.75 Edition by Mulliner in 2020. The company made just 30 of them using the Speed model as a starting point. The special sedans then received touches like extra chrome trim, ventilation controls with a design evoking the engine oil cap, and a cutaway view of the powerplant on the face of the gauges and clock.

The death of the Mulsanne also marks the retirement for Bentley's 6.75-liter V8 after entering production in 1959. The original version had just 180 hp (134 kilowatts) but progressive upgrades eventually allowed for the 530-hp output at the end of the powerplant's life.

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Final Bentley Mulsanne Assembled, Flying Spur Becomes Flagship
The Bentley Mulsanne is dead. The company has built the last two of them. One of those is going to a customer in the United States.
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