The British ultra-luxury carmaker has decided to refresh the Mulsanne range for the 2017 model year, also adding in the process the Extended Wheelbase model to the lineup.
Styling wise the changes include a modern take on the front end with a larger grille featuring vertical vanes finished in polished stainless steel. The rounded double headlights are now in line and the subtle changes go a long way towards wiping off the “droopy” image of the pre-facelift version. The bumper’s front grilles come finished in chrome which is also available on the B-shaped vents featured on the front fenders. The “B” theme continues out in the back where the taillights have it, for a rather unique character of the rear end for the 2017 Mulsanne.
The cabin is every bit as luxurious as we would expect and owners can choose for example from 24 shades of leather. There are also numerous stitching options, alongside 13 veneers, a piano black trim, and those ultra-luxury stone finishes. Bentley is providing the dashboard with an eight-inch touchscreen (rather small, we might say) for the upgraded infotainment system which also has a solid state drive with 60 GB of storage. There’s also Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility and a rather impressive 2,200-watt sound system with 20 speakers. The rear-seat dwellers also get their dual 10.2-inch removable tablets running on Android and sporting even front-facing cameras for video calls.
The Mulsanne Speed version gets all the aforementioned tweaks and a recalibrated transmission with an S Mode, alongside refreshed steering and suspension for better feedback. The entire Mulsanne range will feature active engine mounts and revised suspension bushings and new Dunlop tires featuring foam-filled cavities to diminish cabin noise.
The Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase is the newest addition to the lineup for the 2017 model year – adding almost 10 inches (250 mm) of extra legroom for rear passengers that can now fiddle with their new reclining seats. The rear center console has been especially modified for the EW, featured alongside a new sunroof that is bigger.
The Mulsanne and its Extended Wheelbase version have under the hood the biturbo 6.75-liter V8 with 505 horsepower (377 kilowatts) and 752 pound-feet (1,020 Newton meters) of torque. The Speed derivative has the same V8 but massaged for 530 hp (395 kW) and 811 lb-ft (1,100 Nm). The engines are mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission delivering all that grunt to the rear wheels.