• (4.7) 3 reviews
  • MSRP: $113,205–$147,217
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 14
  • Engine: 505-hp, 6.8-liter V-8 (flexible; E85)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2011 Bentley Mulsanne

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Bentley Mulsanne

What We Don't Like

  • Imposing size could make closer quarters difficult
  • High price

Notable Features

  • All-new flagship sedan
  • Replaces Arnage
  • 6.8-liter V-8, eight-speed automatic
  • Handcrafted interior

2011 Bentley Mulsanne Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Bentley's new flagship sedan, the Mulsanne, takes its name from the sharp turn at one end of the 8.5-mile French route where the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race is held. It replaces the Arnage, a sedan sold stateside from 1998-2009. Bentley calls the Mulsanne the first car made exclusively by itself in 70 years. Originally an independent company, Bentley was purchased by Rolls-Royce in 1931, which resulted in platform sharing. The Arnage had a Rolls-Royce sibling, the Silver Seraph, as recently as 2002.

In the Mulsanne's price realm, shoppers might also consider a Rolls-Royce Ghost or Maybach 57.


Exterior
From bumper to bumper, the Mulsanne stretches well over a foot longer than most minivans. Its imposing face is at once squared-off and curvy, with huge headlights flanking an enormous upper grille. Anything on or in the Mulsanne that looks like metal is real metal, according to Bentley. A lower grille spans the width of the front end, separated from the upper grate by a bumper that protrudes in the middle.

Twenty-inch alloy wheels are standard, with 21-inchers optional. Atop the hood, the optional Flying-B ornament can retract itself to prevent damage or theft. As is to be expected for an ultraluxury car, the Mulsanne is offered in more than 114 factory colors.


Interior
The Mulsanne's handcrafted interior features the usual Bentley fare — plenty of wood and stainless steel, with pull-stoppers for the air-conditioning vents and gauge needles starting in the 1 o'clock position. Bentley says it adopted a traditional tanning process this year for the Mulsanne's leather to evoke the smell of vintage cowhides. Running across the dashboard and doors is a continuous band of wood trim, which the automaker says takes two weeks to refine from raw material to polished veneers.

Audiophiles can get an optional premium stereo crafted by British audio company Naim. Other cabin features include quad-zone climate control and power-adjustable front and rear seats. Unlike Rolls-Royce's rear-opening backseat doors, the Mulsanne has traditional front-opening doors.

Should buyers wish, Bentley's in-house Mulliner division can personalize the Mulsanne with any manner of hand-tailored fittings.


Under the Hood
Enhanced this year with variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation, the Mulsanne's 6.8-liter V-8 makes 505 horsepower; its 752 pounds-feet of torque is available at just 1,800 rpm. Combined with a new eight-speed automatic, the drivetrain reduces fuel consumption 15 percent versus the outgoing V-8, according to Bentley.

Settings for the steering and adaptive air suspension can be tailored to three modes — Sport, Comfort and an in-between "Bentley" setting — as well as a Custom mode that lets drivers fine-tune each system's specific settings.


Safety
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system. Besides the required dual front airbags, the Mulsanne also has side-impact airbags for both rows of seats.

Consumer Reviews

(4.7)

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by James royce from Beverly Hills California on April 14, 2017

This bentley is better then all other high end luxury cars such as Rolls-Royce, Maybach, bmw , ect because the car itself was not made with anything low class or cheap ive own all 3 of the other high... Read Full Review

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/unlimited

Powertrain

36mo/unlimited

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

36mo/unlimited

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Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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