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The new Bentley Mulsanne facelift has just been announced by the British luxury carmaker. Handcrafted in Crewe, England, the range has been expanded to include the Mulsanne, Mulsanne Speed and the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase. The luxury limo, now has a redesigned face, added technology and power as well.

At the front, there’s a polished stainless steel vertical-vane grille, that’s now 80 mm wider, and is inspired by the 1930 Bentley 8 Litre, Embiricos and R-Type Continental. Behind those vertical vanes, the matrix grille is still present. It’s flanked by “floating” LED headlamps with adaptive technology.

The outer lamps have now been moved up, sitting on the same horizontal line as the main lights. There’s a new one-piece bumper, along with a new lower-vane grille section decked in chrome. It’s complemented by a pair of B-shaped vents, that have been pushed further to the corners and finished in chrome.

As mentioned, a major part of the restyling applies to the front of the car. Down the back however, the Mulsanne receives a set of new B-shaped tail lamps and a redesigned bumper. The Mulsanne and Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase sits on a set of 20-inch alloy wheels, while a set of 21-inch rims, available in three different styles, can be had.

The ride of the Mulsanne has been enhanced with new active engine mounts, suspension bushes and a revised air suspension system. According to Bentley, the latest noise absorption technology has been integrated into the car’s tyres. The advanced foam architecture has quietened the cabin by up to 4 dB.

Inside, the Mulsanne gets a soft-touch leather interior, redesigned seats, armrest and door trims. The seats come in two styles; fluted or quilted, and in 24 hide colours and single or duo-tone finish. Solid walnut cherry or oak is used on the dashboard, while a choice of 13 different veneers are available. There’s a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a 60 GB SSD drive too.

There’s also an onboard 4G Wifi system fitted into the Mulsanne. In the rear, Bentley Entertainment Tablet – a pair of 10.2-inch Android devices are slotted into the back headrests of the front seats. It allows for access to Android Apps, has a total of 32 GB of on-board storage (expandable), USB ports and a front camera.

Optional items that can be specified for the Mulsanne includes a Naim for Bentley Premium Audio. Said system consists of 20 speakers, 20 channels, a 2,200 watt amplifier and Super Tweeters.

As for the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase, the longer luxury limo sees an extension of 250 mm in length (from 3,266 mm to 3,516 mm). It provides more rear legroom, and features airline-style electronic leg-rests (that can extend outward and pivot) integrated into the base of the two rear seats. The seats are separated by a centre console that has USB ports, pen and cup holders and a glass-covered stowage area.

In addition to that, there’s a large format sunroof with an Alcantara sun blind. Electric curtains are standard, however the curtains themselves can be tailored with either a black or champagne interior lining while a deployable, folding table can also be had. Other options for the longer model include a duo-tone exterior paint and a set of 21-inch wheels.

Underneath sits a 6.75 litre twin-turbo V8 engine with cylinder deactivation and variable cam phasing paired with a familiar ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. In total the engine churns out the same 505 hp and 1,020 Nm of torque. The Mulsanne goes from 0-96 kmh/ n just 5.1 seconds and has a top speed of 296 km/h.

The Mulsanne Speed is more powerful than the other variants. The same engine has been tweaked to produce a total of 530 hp and 1,100 Nm of torque. It reaches 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 305 km/h. The eight-speed gearbox has been recalibrated to provide instant delivery of power. It also gets a rifled sports exhaust and a sport suspension as well.

Outside, it receives a dark tint finish that goes on the front and rear lamps. A “Speed” badging is also fixed to this variant and it sits on 21-inch, hand-finished ‘Speed’ alloy wheels. Inside, the Mulliner Driving Specification interior, which includes diamond-quilted seats, a knurled gear lever and drilled alloy sport pedals is standard. Carbon-fibre waistrail inserts can be specified if one wishes.

Safety features on the facelifted Mulsanne includes, high beam assist with three separate modes; town, county and motorway. In addition to that, blind spot warning, and advanced automatic stability control (ASC) with collision mitigation features are all part of the package.

No prices have been announced as of yet, however the Mulsanne will be heading to the Geneva motor show.

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