Review: 2011 Bentley Mulsanne
January 20, 2011
by Michael Harley
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.
Full article at link.The Bentley Mulsanne represents nearly a century of coachbuilt automotive history. That heritage is ingrained in the aluminum body panels, stainless steel adornments and dyed leather hides. Countless man-hours are embodied in the upholstery stitching, hand-polishing and laborious inspection of every pore.
The Bentley Mulsanne, arguably the world's finest luxury automobile, is a piece of rolling art. It reflects the owner's character, individuality, passion and financial worth. The hand-crafted sedan speaks volumes about those behind its wheel, yet it doesn't utter a single word.