The standard Mulsanne is already a menacing ride – depending on which end of the dial-pad headlights you’re sitting, but this new ride is certainly a fit for all the mobsters of the planet.
This rather sinister-looking Bentley Mulsanne Speed has been tricked into renaming itself into Bamford X, and it’s fortunately just a singular – one-off – creation from Mulliner, Bentley’s in-house bespoke division, as it has been created and customized for watch customizer and JCB earthmover heir George Bamford. The bespoke timepieces made by the Bamford Watch Department are renowned for the black-on-black colour scheme, which is why the Mulsanne is so dark. The bodywork has been finished in mile-deep Beluga black that pays homage to the Bamford Military Grade Titanium Coating and Graphite Particle Coating processes. All outside trim that usually gets the polished stainless steel treatment has gone through a Physical Vapor Deposition treatment that morphs it into shimmering black “Darkware”.
There are also custom 21-inch wheels, based on the Mulliner Driving Specification – of course finished in black – and the exterior detailing is rounded with the dark window tint. The interior brightwork has also been treated to Darkware, and the only thing that remains the same is the monstrous 6.75-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine packing 537 horsepower (400 kilowatts) and 811 pound-feet (1,100 Newton meters) of torque. By the way, inside Mulliner has allowed Bamford to spec the seats with alcantara center panels – the only other Bentley customer getting this concession is the British Royal Family.