Modern multi-millionaires may live by the phrase «time is money» so for them, Bentley offers the 2020 Mulsanne Speed. It’s the perfect vehicle for getting them to and from meetings with their money managers without wasting a single, precious moment. If you’re only merely rich and so must pilot your own luxury land yacht, the Mulsanne Speed offers a more engaging driving experience than the regular Mulsanne sedan. But the real way to enjoy it is from the rear seat while being hastily shuttled to your destination by an expert chauffer. It’s not the most modern car in Bentley’s lineup, but it offers a brand of old-school luxuriousness that few cars today can match. And it looks every inch born to the job.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Bentley’s standard warranty isn’t limited by mileage but lasts just three years. Chief rival Rolls-Royce offers a four-year warranty plus covers maintenance for up to four years.
- Limited warranty covers three years or unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty covers three years or unlimited miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for 1 year or 10,000 miles
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED: $397,732 (base price: $338,325)
ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
Displacement: 412 cu in, 6750 ccPower: 530 hp @ 4200 rpmTorque: 811 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 128.6 inLength: 219.5 inWidth: 75.8 in Height: 59.9 inPassenger volume: 101 cu ftCargo volume: 11 cu ftCurb weight: 6047 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 4.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 12.0 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 22.3 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.7 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.1 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.5 sec @ 105 mph
Top speed (governor limited. per mfr): 190 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 160 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.81 g
EPA city/highway: 11/18 mpgC/D observed: 15 mpg
Affluent folks like to show off their wealth almost as much as they like to be chauffeured, and the 2020 Bentley Mulsanne helps them accomplish both. The hand-crafted sedan is the patriarch of the Bentley family, with an imposing outward appearance and intimate cabin experience. Its forceful twin-turbo V-8 provides effortless acceleration, and the Mulsanne is surprising agile for its size. This combination gives the Mulsanne the performance to ensure that its passengers arrive on time and in style. Inside, elegance is realized through the sedan’s rich ornamentation, opulent features, and expansive roominess. Although the 2020 Mulsanne is a shining example of excess and status, that’s precisely what Bentley customers crave.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
With a price tag that could be confused for a mortgage, the 2020 Mulsanne is a six-figure sedan for the one percent of the population. If we were part of that select group, we’d make sure our version was a rolling showpiece. Likewise, the extended wheelbase provides the limousine-like qualities that are so important in this class. Bentley’s sheer variety of paint colors and interior options offer endless combinations that should prevent the Mulsanne from having a twin. Still, we think the 21-inch Classic wheels and ventilated front and rear seats with massage function are must-haves. We’d also spring for the Comfort and Premier specifications. These together add more comfortable headrests and seat bolsters as well as a jewel fuel-filler cap, stainless-steel door finishers, and the iconic flying «B» radiator sculptor.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Made with the finest materials and outfitted with luxurious features, the Mulsanne’s cabin is a utopia compared with most cars. The leather-swathed space can be personalized with a variety of color schemes, veneer options, and creature comforts such as massaging front and rear seats. Everything from the door handles to the switchgear feels expensive, with smooth and deliberate movements that infer richness. While the front seats face a timelessly designed dashboard, the Mulsanne’s main attraction is in the back. Although the regular model isn’t short on passenger space, the extended version transforms the rear seats into a studio atmosphere. With its wheelbase stretched by 9.8 inches, there’s enough room to stretch out and luxuriate with the available power-operated leg rests. Of course, the Mulsanne also has plenty of interior cubby storage and a massive trunk that can store loads of luggage (Louis Vuitton, of course).