Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner unwrapped by Bentley at Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 2, 2016

Bentley has unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner. Longer (by around 1 meter) and taller (by around 79 mm) than the Bentley Mulsanne, the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner is a representation of ultimate exclusivity, comfort, luxury, refinement and craftsmanship.

To match its augmented dimensions, the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner comes with a fully engineered powertrain and transmission as well as a re-engineered chassis and suspension.

All Bentley vehicles are special, and Mulliner could even make them more extraordinary as it works to fulfill the requirements of the marque’s most discerning customers.

No matter what type of personalization is requested, Mulliner is sure to fulfill them to suit the taste of each individual customer. Making these things possible are Mulliner’s highly skilled and dedicated craftspeople, as supported by Bentley’s vast experience in the areas of auto styling and engineering.

Exterior Design

This Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner features a two-tone finish -- Silver Frost and Moroccan Blue – and comes with a number of elements serving as proof of the painstaking detailed work on the limousine.

One of these elements is the Flying ‘B’ mascot that features engraved words ‘Coachbuilt by Mulliner’ and stands above a distinct interpretation of the British marque’s iconic chrome grille and lower bumper grilles.

Likewise, the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner features distinct lines flowing from the bonnet through its graceful body and ending at the limousine’s elegantly sculpted shoulders.

Accentuating the side profile of the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner are unique 21-inch wheels that are color-matched to the exterior finish.

Interior Design

Inside, the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner features a private-aviation-style seating configuration in the rear cabin. After all, this specially commissioned limousine is focused on providing the best in luxurious comfort, which is usually experienced inside luxury private planes.

Since the original brief for the project was to come up with a vehicle featuring four rear seats of equal comfort, Mulliner – Bentley’s renowned in-house coach-building division -- took great efforts to ensure this.

Two of the four seats are rear-facing to allow face-to-face conversation. Luxury is well indicated by the leather trim that wraps the cabin as well as a distinctly handcrafted wood-veneered roof bow. Moreover, the interior of the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner employs only the most luxurious materials to achieve levels of refinement that are beyond excellent.

In fact, wood and leather have been extensively used in the rear cabin of the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner. To ensure privacy of passengers, the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner features the so-called ‘smart glass’ (electrochromic glass) that could switch between clear and opaque with a single push of a button.

This smart glass technology is used as an interior division to exclude the rear cabin from the driver. Of course, the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner is equipped with an intercom system to allow rear cabin passengers to communicate with the driver as well as with unique controls for the rear features.

Moreover, the smart glass technology is also employed on the rear-cabin window glass. Aside from the smart glass feature, the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner is also bestowed with an array of onboard technology that ensures the passengers are treated to a luxurious and exclusive ride.

Mulliner developed a new heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system for the commissioned Mulsanne Grand Limousine and installed iPad charging and docking stations. Mulliner also fitted the commissioned Mulsanne Grand Limousine with veneered fold-out tables, a soft drink cabinet with bespoke tumblers, and a bottle cooler with frosted glass and crystal flutes.

The Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner also comes with a veneer panel housing three dials that displays United Kingdom and local time as well as exterior temperature. Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, remarked that the Mulsanne Grand Limousine demonstrates Mulliner’s exquisite craftsmanship and illustrates how its experts consult with customers to transform a vision into a reality.

He added that the quality and attention to detail as well as creativity and skill applied to every Mulliner commission is considered unique. Mulliner is Bentley’s coach-building division with over a century of heritage and expertise in bespoke auto coach-building and fabrication.

Press Release

BENTLEY UNVEILS THE MULSANNE GRAND LIMOUSINE BY MULLINER – THE ULTIMATE EXPRESSION OF BESPOKE, COACHBUILT LUXURY

Bentley unveils the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show today, showcasing the ultimate expression of bespoke automotive luxury, craftsmanship, individualisation and refinement.

The Mulsanne Grand Limousine is one metre longer and 79 mm taller than Bentley’s new Mulsanne and features a unique interior with private-aviation-style seating configuration in the rear cabin.

Bentley’s first application of electrochromic or ‘smart glass’ – which allows passengers to switch the interior division and rear-cabin window glass between clear and opaque at the touch of a button – and a suite of onboard technology ensures the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner experience is both exclusive and luxurious.

This private commission has been designed, engineered and handcrafted by Bentley’s coachbuilding division, Mulliner, which has more than 100 years’ heritage in peerless bespoke automotive coachbuilding and fabrication.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, comments: “The Mulsanne Grand Limousine showcases the exquisite craftsmanship of our in-house coachbuilder, Mulliner and exemplifies the way in which our experts consult with a customer to turn their vision into an extraordinary reality. The attention to detail, quality, creativity and skill applied to every Mulliner commission is truly unique in the automotive world.”

Coachbuilt by Mulliner

Inside the ultra-luxurious, customer-commissioned passenger cabin is an experience evocative of the very best in luxury private-aviation design.

The original brief was to build a car with four rear seats of equal comfort. The four seats – two of which are rear-facing to allow face-to-face conversation – are generously accommodated beneath a uniquely handcrafted wood-veneered roof bow within a cabin trimmed in sumptuous leather.

Privacy is ensured by an electrochromic ‘smart glass’ division that changes from clear to opaque at the touch of a button. Bentley’s craftsmanship is also on show in the quality of the veneer panel encasing three dials displaying UK and local time as well as exterior temperature.

With the focus on the rear-cabin, a new HVAC system has been developed exclusively by Mulliner. Furthermore, the interior offers features such as iPad charging and docking stations, as well as veneered fold-out tables, a bottle cooler with frosted glass and crystal flutes, and a soft drink cabinet with bespoke tumblers. It has an intercom system to communicate with the driver and unique controls for the rear features.

Throughout, only the most luxurious materials have been used to achieve exemplary levels of refinement. The opulence of the rear cabin is accentuated by the extensive use of wood and leather for which Bentley is renowned.

Finished in two-tone Silver Frost and Moroccan Blue, the greatest attention to detail has been applied to the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner. This is evident from the Flying ‘B’ mascot – engraved with the words ‘Coachbuilt by Mulliner’ – which stands above a unique iteration of Bentley’s iconic chrome grille and lower bumper grilles, designed specifically for this car.

The effortless lines that track from the bonnet along the sinuous body of the limousine conclude in beautifully resolved shoulders, melding the aesthetic purity of Bentley’s flagship car with the luxury of additional space inside. Beneath this delightful example of coachbuilding sit four unique 21” wheels, colour-matched to the exterior finish.

In accordance with the enhanced dimensions, the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner is fitted with a fully engineered powertrain, transmission and a re-engineered chassis and suspension, guaranteeing the highest possible degree of passenger comfort and safety in the longest ultra-luxury sedan in the world.

Mulliner – Rare by design

Mulliner exists to respond to the requirements of Bentley’s most discerning customers. In the world of Mulliner, anything is possible. Any type of personalisation can be undertaken to create a unique Bentley of individual taste. Whatever a customer desires, highly skilled and dedicated craftspeople – supported by the vast styling and engineering experience of Bentley – take a customer’s vision and turn it into reality.

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