Mulsanne '6.75 Edition' marks end of production

Mulsanne '6.75 Edition' marks end of production

Tuesday 14th January

Mulsanne '6.75 Edition' marks end of production

Bentley's flagship is going, and the legendary 6.75-litre V8 with it - sob



With product cycles seemingly now measured in months and cars updated almost as soon as they've been launched, that the Bentley V8 has lasted this long really is remarkable. While tinkered and fettled over the years, the engine was first used in the S2 of 1959, meaning it's now in its seventh decade of continuous production.

All good things must come to an end, though, and a V8 with the swept capacity of a superyacht engine and claimed fuel consumption of 17mpg just won't do in 2020 - more's the pity. The Flying Spur will assume the role of flagship saloon in the Bentley range, with its downsized - all things being relative - engines supplemented by a hybrid option in 2023 so that the Crewe cars can "define the future of sustainable luxury mobility."

The Mulsanne will not exit stage left with a whimper, however - far from it. This 6.75 Edition by Mulliner is the final Mulsanne, with the last 30 cars being produced to this spec. Bentley says the car represents "fitting send-off for a masterpiece of British automotive engineering and craftsmanship", which it's hard to contest.


Derived from the 537hp/811lb ft (!) Mulsanne Speed, the 6.75 Edition receives additional chrome for the lights alongside "dark tint" treatments for the Flying B, the grille and exhausts; the wheels are the 21-inch Speed wheels in a "unique bright-machined finish with gloss black pockets."

Further identifiers can be found inside - a motif stitched into the seats, clock faces of an engine cutaway and ventilation controls that feature mini oil caps at the end - as well as under the bonnet, where the engine plaque is signed by Chief Executive Adrian Hallmark. The cabin of each 6.75 Edition will only be trimmed in one of four single tone leathers (Imperial Blue, Beluga, Fireglow and Newmarket Tan) with the silver accents - you can choose any exterior colour you want, but they're the options inside.

Predictably, a price hasn't yet been released for the 30 Editions, though given the significance and exclusivity it's hardly likely to come cheap - especially with a Speed already at Β£260k. Still, you get the impression that the investment should well be worth it, both as an experience for now and should the time come to sell. Because, crying shame though it is to publish, there just isn't going to be a 6 ΒΎ-litre Bentley ever again. A few fortunate souls can hopefully console themselves with this car, and some others may well seek solace in the classifieds - this Speed is less than Β£100,000 with fewer than 10,000 miles...


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Kawasicki

Original Poster:

6,787 posts

184 months

Tuesday 14th January
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I love this engine. Sad to see it go.

dvs_dave

5,648 posts

174 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Marvelous thing. Always loved these and it’s a shame to see regulations forcing it (the engine) into retirement. It’s the only true Bespoke Bentley as all the others are now rebodied stretched Panamera's. So I’m not sure why they aren’t keeping this as the flagship and just re-engine it with a compliant engine? Seems like a missed opportunity.

cookie1600

1,338 posts

110 months

Tuesday 14th January
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IIRC the Bentley S2 and RR Silver Cloud 2 had the 6230 cc version, so did the S3 and RR Cloud 3.

The 6750 cc version of the Rolls-Royce and Bentley L Series V8 engine appeared in the T1 and Silver Shadow 1 in 1970?

Gary Woodland

2,419 posts

111 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Absolutely love these things. Spectacular.
Not sure why you'd want your car signed by some CEO and not a master craftsmen or team or something though ha.

Taaaaang

4,436 posts

135 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Bloody lovely cars.

17mpg is just a fantasy though!

SweptVolume

452 posts

42 months

Tuesday 14th January
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This is sad news, but I suppose we should be grateful that it comes so late. I'd have put money on the end of the Arnage and Brooklands-era cars (around 2010) being the end of the old 6.75 V8 RWD Bentleys (the *proper* Bentleys), yet they came back with a totally new car and a heavily revised engine, which gave a ten year stay of execution.

Aston Martin killed of their venerable V8 20 years ago due to emission legislation, so the Bentley lump didn't do too badly really.

Zetec-S

3,392 posts

42 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Always found it amazing how they managed to fit an engine this big into such a small package.




getmecoat

Jimbo89

137 posts

93 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Honestly feels like the Mulsanne only arrived recently, where is the time going.

Macboy

463 posts

154 months

Tuesday 14th January
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dvs_dave said:
Marvelous thing. Always loved these and it’s a shame to see regulations forcing it (the engine) into retirement. It’s the only true Bespoke Bentley as all the others are now rebodied stretched Panamera's. So I’m not sure why they aren’t keeping this as the flagship and just re-engine it with a compliant engine? Seems like a missed opportunity.
Because it doesn't make any money.

I'd imagine with the special editions and incentives it's a significant loss maker. It's always been rather anachronistic versus the Phantom for many potential customers (regardless of what PH says about it) and despite its charm it's a very rarified and unusual choice for a sporting limousine. The cost of a new flagship far outweighs the sales opportunity and when money is tight at Bentley, PHEV and EVs and different Continental derivatives are always going to far outweigh a new low-selling super-limousine. You can't just put a new engine in it either - the costs far outweigh the opportunity again and buyers want newness - never believe the few buyers who say "don't change it just lightly update it" - they are in the minority or lying.

Taaaaang

4,436 posts

135 months

Tuesday 14th January
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They aren't all that to be driven in either.

I was recently chauffeured in one and it felt cramped in the back.

There are massive discounts on these form the dealers to anyone crazy enough to buy one.

Turbobanana

1,614 posts

150 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Kawasicki said:
I love this engine. Sad to see it go.
Indeed - I've driven a few. Always an event to remember.

I find it amazing that a design now in its seventh decade has been able to evolve from an unstressed unit over-engineered for refinement, via the use of modern technology and one or more turbos, to a 500+bhp, 811lb/ft powerhouse in a ~200mph super saloon.

I'll take mine in a Continental R for preference, but I'd happily give this garage space.

Ares

8,910 posts

69 months

Tuesday 14th January
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dvs_dave said:
Marvelous thing. Always loved these and it’s a shame to see regulations forcing it (the engine) into retirement. It’s the only true Bespoke Bentley as all the others are now rebodied stretched Panamera's. So I’m not sure why they aren’t keeping this as the flagship and just re-engine it with a compliant engine? Seems like a missed opportunity.
Probably because the people Bentley actually targets, don't agree with the "rebodied stretched Panamera" bks?

Plate spinner

13,903 posts

149 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Lovely car, but those wheels are awful!

V8 FOU

2,667 posts

96 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Well, it's a pity they don't do a track edition! That would be cool alongside my TurboR.

Who's going to be the first to bemoan the lack of a manual version, eh, eh??

21st Century Man

32,076 posts

197 months

Tuesday 14th January
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I guess that's the very last proper Crewe built Rolls Royce (despite Bentley branding and VAG ownership for the last 21 years, and regardless of what's being done by BMW at Goodwood).

The Don of Croy

5,060 posts

108 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Why are the fonts different on the A/C, dials, and transmission shifter?

As you were...

buyer&seller

459 posts

127 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Taaaaang said:
They aren't all that to be driven in either.

I was recently chauffeured in one and it felt cramped in the back.

There are massive discounts on these form the dealers to anyone crazy enough to buy one.
Thanks for your input, very interesting. sleep

Matt Bird

1,141 posts

154 months

PH Reportery Lad

Tuesday 14th January
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cookie1600 said:
IIRC the Bentley S2 and RR Silver Cloud 2 had the 6230 cc version, so did the S3 and RR Cloud 3.

The 6750 cc version of the Rolls-Royce and Bentley L Series V8 engine appeared in the T1 and Silver Shadow 1 in 1970?
Ah yes, think you're right! Apologies, should have said V8 (and now does) rather than that specific capacity.

Cheers!


Matt

myhandle

899 posts

123 months

Tuesday 14th January
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That’s the best looking Mulsanne I have ever seen, very tasteful. The Flying Spur is nothing like this at all. My 2006 Arnage is never getting sold . These Turbo V8 Bentleys are great cars, if looked after.

A1VDY

1,202 posts

76 months

Tuesday 14th January
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That engine isn't in its 7th decade of production, its capacity is the same as the original of 59 but that's its only resemblance..