US: Mulsanne orders over expectations image

Some say that in these days is better to keep your money, and stop doing “shopping”. However, Bentley Mulsanne, the limousine that cost $285.000 has received already 800 orders, in conditions that Bentley has allocated a number of 200 units for this year. – What crisis! ?

So why Bentley not just bump up the production? Well, this jewel, the Mulsanne is entirely hand built and takes about 170 man hours for the entire process.
It was confirmed at time of launch, that the car will retain the iconic 6.75 L (6750 cc/411 in³) V8 engine, albeit heavily modified to meet Euro V emissions regulations. To achieve the CO2 and emissions reduction as well as improved fuel consumption, the re-designed engine is lighter and features cylinder de-activation and variable cam phasing.

A small part of a wheel from a Bentley Contine...Image via Wikipedia

The Mulsanne is also notable as it is the first flagship car to be independently designed by Bentley Motors in nearly 80 years; the last being W.O. Bentley’s iconic 8 litre model in 1930.

The first vehicle produced has already been sold at an auction at the Pebble Beach event for $550,000.