First seen in the Bentley S2 in 1959, the truly iconic 6.75-litre V8 engine that has graced so many models across the last six decades boasts more years in continuous production than any other V8 of its class. It may have been redesigned and improved over the years, but the basic furniture remains the same as in those original models.
It is fitting, then, that the final run of 30 Bentley Mulsanne models will serve as a testimony to this remarkable engine – a high point in British automotive engineering – as they will be known as the Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Edition by Mulliner, with the famous coachbuilder being given the job of creating, once again, bespoke versions of the trusted and much-loved Mulsanne.
Introduced in 1980. The glorious 4-door Mulsanne has led the Bentley range with pride and great success, setting the standards in luxury saloons for others to follow, and there is no doubting that the famous engine played a part in its popularity. With the Bentley Flying Spur set to take over the mantle of range-leader when the Mulsanne is retired after the 30 6.75 Edition models are complete this spring, the stage is set for Bentley’s class-leading luxury saloon car to take on hybrid power, which is planned for 2023. Thus, choosing to mark the long-running engine with this model is a fitting tribute.
Interior Design Details
Inside the car, the ‘6.75’ theme will be visible in the special motif that will be stitched into the seats, marking each of the examples of one of the 30 special models produced for the purpose, plus the ventilation controls will resemble the traditional engine oil cap. Further hints at the special merits of the model include exterior chrome ‘6.75’ badging which also appears in the engine bay, and a nice touch in that the face of the clock and some gauges will feature a cutaway drawing of the engine itself.
Luxury abounds inside the car where the detail treatment will include typical Mulliner touches such as single colour, top quality hide in a choice of four special colours, deep pile overmats and a sliver-finished veneer centre ad rear console, reminding driver and passengers of the special nature of the 6.75 Edition. Under the bonnet, detail touches include a black-finished manifold, plus a special plaque signed not by the engine builder, but by Bentley Chairman, Adrian Hallmark.
Few cars have endeared themselves to luxury car buyers in the last few decades as the dependable, beautiful and truly luxurious Bentley Mulsanne has managed to do, and the final run of the 6.75 Edition models is a fitting tribute not just to the model, but to a venerable engine that will go down in history as one of the finest of its kind.
Final Bentley Mulsanne Edition Gallery
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